Executive Director, Ascender
Nadyli Nuñez cares deeply about creating opportunities and pathways for others to realize their potential. Her work is evident in her role as Executive Director at Ascender, a community for entrepreneurs that offers mentorship, educational programming, and a collaborative workspace. Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Board for Community Forge; an organization focused on building an equitable economy for Wilkinsburg and the Greater Pittsburgh region by offering professional development, financial wellbeing, and entrepreneurial growth.
Nadyli is also in her third year as Advisory Board Member for SXSW Pitch and Inventures Startup Pitch, which focuses on showcasing innovations worldwide and connecting them to experts, talent, and investors. From similar engagements to this date, Nadyli has directly evaluated over 1100 products and business ideas from around the globe related to technology, smart cities, the future of work, education, health, society, and retail. Before her time at Ascender, Nadyli was the Director of UpPrize BNY Mellon Social Innovation Challenge, a platform attracting solutions improving nonprofit operations and underserved communities. She also spent time at Capital BlueCross transforming how the health insurance company reimburses and partners with providers to improve long-term health outcomes. At Reed Smith LLP, she assisted in the change management and global go-live of the industry's first engagement planning and management platform, Thomson Reuters Elite's 3E.
Nadyli came to Pittsburgh to graduate from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Decision Science, grounded in psychology, economics, and management science. She also received a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In 2017, The Pittsburgh Business Times recognized her as one of Pittsburgh's "30 under 30".