Investment Fellows and Interns
Alejandro Rico is from Moreno Valley and attended college at UC Riverside where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Planning from USC's Sol Price School of Policy. Alejandro has experience working in different aspects in urban development having worked for the City of Riverside, Riverside Transit Agency, Los Angeles Councilman Tony Cardenas and Los Angeles Councilman Dennis Zine. Currently, his duties for COIN include working on reviewing CDFI applications and learning cash flow analysis. His career interests include economic development, community engagement and public policy.
Mario Salazar joined the COIN team in 2014 where he reviews CDFI applications and makes recommendations for certification. Prior to joining COIN and CDI, Mario served as Project Manager from 2007-2013. Previously he worked as a presentation specialist for the Fixed Income group at Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco, earning his Series 7 license, and at Citibank as a Financial Executive Assistant where he earned his Series 66 and Life Insurance licenses. Mario lives in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles where he enjoys bike riding along the LA River and volunteering for local political candidates. A native Angeleno, Mario will be attending Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, this fall to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership and Organizational Skills.
Jiuyang Xu is a senior at the University of Southern California pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Economics/Mathematics and minoring in Mathematical Finance as well as Enterprise Information System/SAP Specialization. As a 2013 COIN investment intern in the LA office, Jiuyang is currently working on COIN CDFI certifications and renewals, using Bloomberg to construct portfolios for the insurance industry, completing Free Cash Flow Analysis and Forecasting for CDFIs, working on High Impact Investment Bulletins, economic analysis and AB 32, and an Affordable Care Act project. In the future, Jiuyang wants to work in Corporate Finance as a financial analyst while having a social impact. During his spare time, Jiuyang loves to go skiing, swimming, and working for the USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.