Pinnacle Group is pleased to announce that its Chairman and CEO, Nina Vaca, has been elected as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Vaca brings a wealth of diplomatic and business experience to the CFR, a prestigious group of the nation’s most respected leaders in government, business, journalism, education and beyond, which provides nonpartisan foreign policy analysis.
“It is an honor to join the ranks of the Council on Foreign Relations,” Vaca stated. “Throughout Pinnacle’s continued global expansion, I’ve seen firsthand the significance of the Council on Foreign Relations and the powerful dialogue it facilitates during this time of rapid globalization. For leaders across industries, it’s critical to understand foreign policy and the role we play in the international community – both as Americans and as citizens of the world.”
Vaca’s extensive international relations career began 15 years ago when she was selected as a German Marshall fellow to join a U.S. delegation to five different countries in Europe. She then became a British-American Project fellow working to strengthen transatlantic leadership. She has remained active in both organizations by nominating and supporting future generations of fellows.
In 2014, the White House appointed Vaca as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE), an initiative chaired by then Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, a fellow CFR member. As part of the inaugural PAGE delegation, Vaca shared her incredible personal and entrepreneurial story with government officials, business leaders, and other dignitaries in eight countries across five continents, including Ghana, Vietnam, Bahrain, Jordan, Germany, Israel, Ireland, and her home country of Ecuador.
In 2016, Vaca became a Henry Crown Fellow and a member of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Global Leadership Network, a worldwide community of over 2,500 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from the business, government and nonprofit sectors in more than 50 countries.
During this Fellowship, she founded the Nina Vaca Foundation and created the Tri for Homes Campaign in 2017 to help build a village for those left homeless by the 2016 earthquake that devastated Ecuador’s coast. The “Villa de la Alegria” was officially opened in 2018, providing 40 families with homes and 1.2 acres of land each. These families can now plant crops and create a sustainable economic platform to help rebuild their lives through farming and entrepreneurship.