Soledad Roybal is a public policy leader and one of our 2024 Women In Tech Awardees! Soledad exemplifies advocacy, leadership, and working to advance others through mentorship in the dynamic and complicated world of public policy. As the Regional Head of Public Policy at Getaround, Soledad consistently works to break down barriers, increase opportunities for marginalized voices, and advance legislation that promotes a better world for everyone.

During her tenure at the U.S. Department of State, Soledad led a delegation that was instrumental in advocating for increased women’s representation in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Her dedication was pivotal in successfully adopting a resolution highlighting female leadership’s crucial role in global policymaking. Her inclusion in the “40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy” list is a testament to her contributions to international tech diplomacy.

While working for the ITU, Soledad supported the Equals-In-Tech program in New York and Geneva, helping to develop this important initiative. Soledad’s expertise in building awareness, fostering political commitment, mobilizing resources, and engaging partners was critical in shaping the program’s trajectory

Beyond her professional work, Soledad was a fellow in the Schusterman Foundation’s REALITY program, bringing together leaders from diverse backgrounds committed to driving positive social change. She participated in the U.S.-Spain Young Leaders Program, the Center for American Progress’s U.S.-Mexico Leaders Initiative, and as a Ricardo Salinas Scholar for the Aspen Institute Socrates Program.

Empowering the next generation of thoughtful, curious, and open-minded leaders is central to Soledad’s life purpose. Drawing from her own experiences, she mentors aspiring young leaders, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds. Currently, she is mentoring two young women, including one through the Obama Foundation

Sharing her insights on why she makes an effort to be a mentor: “Having navigated the government and policy profession without the advantage of family or friends in government, or the guidance and connections that often come with it, I understand how challenging it can be, especially coming from a working-class background. Through these mentoring opportunities, I aim to be the support and guide I wish I had, helping aspiring leaders, particularly women, to forge their path in public policy and make a meaningful impact.”

Beyond her professional endeavors, Soledad remains deeply committed to community engagement and advancement in the tech industry. Through volunteer work, scholarship initiatives, and supporting other women’s success, she exemplifies the values of equality, opportunity, and community betterment. Her dedication to uplifting underserved communities resonates both locally and globally, leaving a lasting impact on those she touches.

Soledad’s journey is more than just a story of personal achievement; it’s a testament to the transformative power of advocacy, mentorship, and community engagement. Through her leadership and tireless efforts, she continues to break barriers, inspire others, and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable future in politics, public policy, and technology.

We are so honored to present Soledad Roybal and all of our amazing 16th Annual NM Women in Tech Awardees this March during the 2024 NM Women in Tech Awards Ceremony. These women are truly impacting the tech ecosystem in New Mexico and beyond!