Crescentera is a California 501(c)(3) non profit corporation, founded in 1993 by Carina Courtright, who serves as its President and Managing Director.
In 1987 Carina had become actively involved in organizing and chairing major fundraising events while working in Hotel Management and Development in New York City. She later broadened her efforts and started producing events related to interfaith understanding, and in 1993 founded Crescentera as a vehicle to continue these efforts.
Carina Courtright had the opportunity of being multicultural from an early age. She was born in Los Angeles and raised between Los Angeles and Mexico, and was educated in the US and in Europe. Through her family heritage Carina continues to maintain a strong cultural and personal bond with California and Mexico.
Carina received a BA in International Relations from the University of Southern California, with a minor in German, and attended the Cornell School of Hotel Administration professional program. Her educational hands-on experience came at an early age through working for her father, legendary hotelier Hernando Courtright, owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
She later held management positions in the hotel and design industries, including at The Waldorf-Astoria in NYC and at Regent International Hotels in Washington DC and NYC. Carina was a partner in the hotel & restaurant division of the design firm Swid Powell & Associates in NYC and an independent consultant in sustainable hotel development as well as in Executive Search for deluxe hotels and restaurants.
She recently completed her term as Board Chair at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido where she led its complete business and strategic turnaround and currently serves on its Council of Advisors.
She has also served on the Board of Advisors for the Mexican Cultural Institute, NYC; the Design Innovation Institute, San Diego; the Board of Regents of the Cathedral of St John the Divine, NYC; the Temple of Understanding, NYC; and currently serves on the board of the Interfaith Center of NY, as well as the Waka Foundation, NY.
She currently lives in Rome, Italy, where she is a member of the American Women’s Association of Rome and serves on the Board of Trustees and as President of the Parents’ Association at St Stephen’s International School. She is also the representative in Europe for the Interfaith Center of NY.