By Roadtrip Nation

Hector Mujica


My road in life has taken me all over.
I’m originally from Venezuela—my family immigrated to the U.S. when I was very young.
In high school, I thought I was going to become an architect—I went to a technical school where I studied architectural drafting but I came to realize that it just wasn’t my passion.
In college, I discovered an interest in politics and studied international business, interned for a member of Congress, and did a fellowship with the U.S. Department of State.
I ended up stumbling into tech when an opportunity opened up at Google.
I started at Google in a business function role but felt like that wasn’t the right fit for me, so I started trying to figure out where else I could go in the company—that led me to social impact.
I spent some time doing social impact work at Google and then decided to go back to school for public policy.
I thought I was going to pivot out of Google and into public service, but decided to go back to Google because I was excited about their goals to open up more equitable economic pathways into tech.
I’m currently serving as head of economic opportunity for the Americas at
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High School
International Business
Florida International University - School of Business
Social Entrepreneurship
Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Public Policy Analysis
University of California, Berkeley


Head of Economic Opportunity, Americas

I lead the economic development team at, Google’s philanthropic arm.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Reach out to people who are currently working in fields you're interested in to get more information about their jobs. Be bold and curious. Have the audacity to ask bold questions and pursue information from people. You'd be surprised how willing people are to lend their time, connections, and networks to those who ask.


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"If you don't have a master's degree, you're not as valuable or meaningful."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant