Mariakarla Nodarse Venancio is a lawyer with more than 10 years of experience in policy analysis, congressional relations, and corporate law. Her Cuba-related work has focused on promoting a policy of engagement between the people of the United States and Cuba based on mutual interest and respect. Currently, she is the Assistant General Counsel at Cancio Consulting Group, where she provides strategic leadership in designing advocacy and communications strategies to advance U.S.-Cuba business opportunities. Having lived in Cuba, Italy, and the United States, Ms. Nodarse is trilingual and experienced working across culturally different political environments to successfully guide changemakers through engagement and dialogue.
Before joining Cancio Consulting Group, Ms. Nodarse worked at the Platform for Innovation and Dialogue with Cuba where she developed and carried out advocacy efforts with key policymakers in Congress on foreign policy towards Cuba. As part of the work to foster connections and collaboration between Cuba and Atlantic Fellows, she led multiple delegations to the island and contributed to curating learning opportunities for a community of leaders who collaborate to advance equity, opportunity, and human dignity. In addition, Ms. Nodarse worked at the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development where she designed and implemented communication strategies to capitalize on key opportunities and raise awareness on environmental challenges and climate justice.
Ms. Nodarse began her corporate career as an associate at Studio Legale Mattino-Roncoroni and later on as corporate counsel at Abralux Colori Beghè in Italy. In these positions, she provided advice on a variety of legal topics including government regulations, contracts, property interests, and compliance.
Ms. Nodarse holds an LLM in International Legal studies specializing in international business law and international organizations from American University Washington College of Law. She was a Dean’s Fellow, part of the LLM Executive Board, a member of International Trade and Investment Law Society, and received the highest grade award in the International Development Organizations course. She has a law degree and a master’s in international and public law from Bocconi University. Ms. Nodarse successfully sat for the NY Bar exam and is currently pending admission to the DC Bar.