Rafael Carbonell became the Taubman Center Executive Director in August 2017, where he works to advance its mission to support public sector leaders in improving the governance of states, metropolitan areas and cities.
Rafael previously served as Deputy Director of the City of Boston’s Office of Business Development, where he implemented a new small business innovation initiative and led the development of the City’s first-ever small business strategic plan, which was unveiled by Mayor Marty Walsh in 2016.
Prior to that, Rafael was Executive Vice President in launching and running Thrive, the first regional economic development enterprise for the eight-county Madison, Wisconsin region (pop. 1M). Rafael also previously served as Director of Regional Economic Development for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, and as Director of Marketing & Business Development for Livra.com, a technology startup he helped launch in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which is now one of Latin America’s largest online market research platforms.
Rafael is fluent in Spanish, holds a B.S. in Marketing from Boston College and was a Ford Foundation “Regional Sustainable Development Fellow.” He currently serves on the Board of Governors of The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. Rafael grew up in a small business household in Vermont, and lives with his wife, 2 children and Wheaten Terrier in Cambridge.