Carmen Palafox

Partner, Make in L.A.


Carmen is an Investment Partner at, an accelerator and venture capital fund that invests  in technology-enabled hardware, e.g., Internet of Things, robotics, wearables, Industry 4.0, frontier tech. Carmen’s focus at is coaching entrepreneurs on finance and strategic planning; and managing venture fund operations including developing investor relations. She was formerly Vice President at Dimensional Fund Advisors, where she scaled operations into new markets including Latin America, Canada, and Europe.

Carmen has an MBA from Berkeley-Haas, an MA in sports management from USF, and a BA in economics from USC. She is a board member of CCEO YouthBuild, on the advisory board at Santa Monica City College’s Business Department and Insikt, a venture capital backed Fintech startup. She chairs the NextGen Latino's initiative for the LA Latino Chamber of Commerce and is an Aspen Institute Ricardo Salinas Scholar.