"I work every day to make my business grow and develop it into a large multinational company where not only women, but every minority member, has a place for professional growth."
Founder | Porteñas Yerba Mate
expert in retail beverage production, wholesale/retail operations, restaurant operations
instagram // @portenasnyc
Carmen Ferreyra is an entrepreneur, independent curator and art producer based in Brooklyn, NY. She completed her MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies in Modern Art at Columbia University in 2013, and in 2010 earned a BA in Art History and French also from Columbia University. As an active member of the Immigrant, Hispanic and Queer community of North Brooklyn, Carmen foster at Porteñas an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome.
Since March 2020, Carmen lives in a constant pivot, making sure her business, her professional and personal lives, stay not just afloat, but thrive. In the midst of the pandemic, Porteñas served healthcare workers, changed operations to serve curbside, opened a second store, and now sells their products to more than 10 cafes in New York and Virginia.
As an enthusiastic supporter of women-owned-businesses, Carmen volunteered to produce and co-host Project 2.8, the first accelerator for female founders at Columbia Venture Community. Recently, she has joined Mayor de Blasio’s NYC Taskforce for Race and Equity, volunteering mentoring hours and offering new support structures for Small Businesses in New York City. At Porteñas, Carmen works every day to make her business grow and develop it into a large multinational company where not only women, but every minority member, has a place for professional growth.