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Noramay Cadena

MiLA Capital

Noramay is an engineer, investor, and former nonprofit leader. Her professional career has taken her across a diverse range of operating and investing environments, from early-stage startups to Fortune 50 companies. Over the last three years, she has built an innovation hub in Los Angeles to attract and support technology-enabled hardware companies. As a partner in the Make in LA venture fund and accelerator, Noramay focuses on partnerships that give the team a deal flow edge and deliver services critical to the support and growth of portfolio companies.

Noramay started her career as an engineer and spent over a decade focused on product development and operations leadership at The Boeing Company. While there, she led affordability initiatives; held P&L accountability; managed the assembly, integration, and testing of hardware from subsystem delivery through space launch; and supervised staff of 10-100 members, from unionized shop floor labor through high-skilled engineering and leadership teams.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Noramay attended the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program in management and engineering at MIT where she earned a master’s in engineering systems and an MBA. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

Noramay serves as a commissioner on the Housing Authority Commission of Los Angeles and leads one of the Time’s Up Tech initiatives. She was also the former head of the Latinas in STEM Foundation and is a member of the founding board for Excelencia Charter Academy, a new K-8 charter school in LA.

Noramay is serving her fellowship at Make in LA as a member of Class 23.