Chief of Staff
Ailene Estalilla is Chief of Staff for Ulu Ventures. She provides executive support to Miriam Rivera and manages Ulu’s historic office in downtown Palo Alto. Her mission includes engaging Ulu’s entrepreneurs and the wider Ulu community through events and learning forums
After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology, she landed her first real job at AIG and remained in the insurance world for 7 years working for various broker agencies. Pivoting into healthcare, she spent 6 years at Stanford Health Care in operations management and project management with a focus on promoting lean management practices and the Toyota Production System.
Prior to joining Ulu, Ailene supported the Chief of Police at the UCSF Police Department, managed community engagement programs and taught Women's Basic Self-Defense to the UCSF community.
Ailene is currently training for her next cycling race and learning how to play the ukulele. In her spare time, she enjoys losing at card games with her three young children or spending time with them at the beach.