About The Founder
Feria Para Aprender is the vision of Sylvia Acevedo, CEO and founder of CommuniCard, LLC, a firm specializing in innovative education, communication, and workforce strategies and solutions that help organizations meet the demands of the 21st Century.
In 2007, Acevedo teamed with leading organizations such as Austin Partners in Education and Spanish media partners Univision TV, Univision Radio, and Ahora Si to create an event that would teach Spanish-speaking parents how to navigate the U.S. education system. Acevedo’s research revealed that parents didn’t understand the lifetime economic value of a U.S. high school diploma or college degree among other cultural barriers that were largely contributing to gaps in the education process.
To address the issues, Acevedo created the Para Una Buena Vida™ campaign and launched the Feria Para Aprender event which debuted as the first community-wide Spanish language education event in the nation.
Acevedo is regarded as one of the country’s foremost Hispanic strategists and thought leaders for today’s demographic shifts. Her board positions include the national Girl Scouts USA Board, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, and Austin Community Foundation where she is president-elect and one of the only Hispanic community foundation presidents nationwide.
Acevedo was one of the first Hispanics (either gender) to earn a Masters in Engineering from Stanford University. She completed her undergraduate studies at New Mexico State University where she graduated with honors and later served on its Board of Regents. Acevedo’s early career was spent as a rocket scientist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratories followed by 20 years in executive positions for Fortune 100 companies, such as IBM, DELL, and Apple.