Melisa Zarate

As an associate in Technology Banking, Melisa Zarate helps manage the bank’s portfolio of technology startups in San Diego. In this role, Melisa provides entrepreneurs in the city’s innovation ecosystem with the flexible banking solutions and debt financing they need to build a profitable business around a groundbreaking idea. Melisa also leverages SVB’s far-reaching community of business leaders and funders to make impactful connections that can help her clients succeed.

Prior to joining the bank, Melisa served as a corporate treasury analyst at Goldman Sachs, where she specialized in liquidity and risk management. Melisa earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, where she served as the president of Chicanx/Latinx Commencement.

Outside of work, Melisa mentors college students on career options and resume-building skills. As a frequent guest speaker, she also inspires future business aspirants by offering career advice and sharing her experiences at SVB. Melisa’s favorite pastimes include hiking, wine-tasting and traveling to Mexico with her family.
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