For over 20 years, Cristina Castellano has been helping students gain admission into top undergraduate and graduate programs. A Harvard graduate and Wharton MBA, Cristina deems education as the great equalizer and feels that no applicant should face a disadvantage in the admissions process because of unfamiliarity with the process or lack of mentorship.
Cristina earned her AB in Economics from Harvard, where she was captain of the cheerleading team and a CityStep instructor. Her senior year, she earned the Patrick Melendez award for her contributions to sports and the community. After graduation, she joined the world of investment banking in New York. Focusing on leveraged finance and private equity fundraising, she honed her attention to detail to help companies and sponsors communicate their track records, supporting over $5 billion in transactions and capital raised across the US and Latin America.
Prior to business school, Cristina studied dance and reconnected with her community in South Florida. She was then accepted to Wharton, where she received the Howard Mitchell Fellowship, a two-year full tuition scholarship. She was also Co-President of Wharton’s Latin American Student Association (WHALASA), Wharton’s largest cultural and professional club, where she founded the mentorship initiative for applicants from the region.
Cristina later returned to South Florida where she splits her time between admissions consulting and real estate development. Her ability to maneuver through various industries and geographies and makes her exceptionally adept at connecting with clients from a multitude of backgrounds. She enjoys working with ‘traditional’ and unconventional applicants alike as every student has an authentic and compelling story waiting to be revealed.
In addition to work, Cristina is passionate about the performing arts and is President of the Board of the International Ballet Festival of Miami. If she’s not sitting in the audience or peering through the wings backstage, she’s probably at home dancing with her family.