Ariana Ulloa-Olavarrieta is the Executive Coach for the LIGHTS Regional Innovation Network. LIGHTS is a regional program that provides support to 26 counties that have been impacted by the downturn of the coal mining industry as well as the opioid epidemic. Services include confidential business advising, management training and technical assistance. Prior to her role with LIGHTS, Ulloa-Olavarrieta was the District Director of the Ohio SBDC at Columbus State Community College (Ohio SBDC) which serves the business community by providing business assistance for Franklin and the contiguous counties. Ulloa-Olavarrieta also worked in the financial industry for various years as a banker and underwriter for JPMorgan Chase.
Ulloa-Olavarrieta currently serves on the Mid-Ohio Foodbank board as Treasurer, Avanza Together board as Vice Chair and the Community Capital Development Corporation (CCDC) board. She has served the New Directions Career Center as a board member and treasurer, the Hispanic Chamber of Columbus as board treasurer, as well as the ACEnet board. Ulloa-Olavarrieta was also a small business owner; launching BÃ©bo Naturals, an organic baby food company in 2010.
A graduate of Ohio University, she holds a Masters in Financial Economics as well as a BA in Economics with specializations in Latin American Studies, Spanish and German. Born in Mexico City, Ulloa-Olavarrieta immigrated to the United States when she was 5 years old. Currently, she lives in the Columbus area with her husband and two children.