Fabiola Vilchez is Co-Founder and Partner at Diplomatica. Prior to Diplomatica, Fabiola was President and Executive Director of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Inc. (SCOLA), a non-profit organization. In this role she led the re-launch of the organization in 2016 to modernize the concept of city to city cooperation and rebuild the institution by successfully restructuring, fundraising and raising the organization’s profile locally and internationally. Fabiola led high level missions and delegations to Berlin, Mexico City, Havana, Chengdu, and Shanghai.
Fabiola was also Deputy Director of International Trade at the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti where she was responsible for advancing international trade policy, and economic development for the Los Angeles region. She led high level trade missions to Auckland and Addis Ababa and played a critical role in missions to Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. As part of Mayor Antonio Villaragosa’s Administration she was Director of Community Relations and Events. She has held various positions within the City of Los Angeles where she was responsible for legislative affairs, housing, transportation, and immigration policy. Fabiola also served as District Director for California State Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg, where she oversaw and managed community, business and environmental affairs related to the revitalization of the LA River and open space.
She is a graduate of UCLA, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in World Arts and Cultures and a Master’s Degree from the Luskin School of Public Affairs in Urban Planning, concentrating in Regional and International Development. Ms. Vilchez is fluent in Spanish.