About us

Meet the people behind Neighbors’ most successful projects.

Rodrigo Obregon

Rodrigo Obregon

Partner & Client Counsel

12+ years of professional experience as an attorney and business advisor in various industries serving small and large companies. Enthused by exploring how organizations are shaped by the people, policy, strategy, operations, and processes with a proven track record providing clients with effective advisory on complex issues. Passionate about meeting new people and getting to know new places and cultures. Mexican licensed lawyer with practice areas in corporate, telecommunications law as well as anti-corruption including US FCPA. UDLA Puebla Bachelors in Law (2007) and Tec de Monterrey MBA (2015). A Puebla native, Rodrigo is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Fania Rodríguez

Fania Rodríguez

Partner & Field Consultant

Fania, a holding partner in our legal entity, has been with Neighbors since 2014. Like Mary Claire, she worked for Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development in Mexico prior to Neighbors. Fania has also worked in consumer-facing sales, in retail banking (HSBC and Scotiabank) and real estate. Fania graduated from the Universidad Tecnológica de México (1997) in Business Administration.

Jorge Sandoval

Jorge Sandoval

Senior Consultant

Jorge has worked in Mexico-bound international trade and outbound investment promotion since 2002. Invest Hong Kong, KOTRA (the commercial section of the Korean Embassy in Mexico), Georgia Department of Economic Development, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the Maryland Department of Commerce, Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment, and the City of San Antonio, Texas (Casa San Antonio) have all enjoyed his support. At Kotra he ran interim sales for Korean companies in automotive. He also supported lead generation in bioscience. Jorge has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the Universidad Iberoamericana (2003) in Mexico City. He is originally from Cuernavaca, Morelos.

Cynthia Astudillo

Cynthia Astudillo

Project Consultant

In 1998, when she began college in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Cynthia began working in industrial plant operations, which she continued after completing her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Quality Control from U. Morelos at Cuernavaca. She has worked in the Mexican publishing industry in the administrative and foreign trade area for thirteen years, as well as in international book sales and distribution. From 2004-2005 she did her master’s degree in International Business in Madrid on a scholarship from the European Commission, at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Returning to Mexico, she began working in international book sales and distribution, she has currently completed her doctoral thesis in anthropology: Indigenous Language Publications, a Bridge between Cultures.

Mary Claire Whitaker

Mary Claire Whitaker

Managing Consultant

Mary Claire moved to Mexico City from the US in 2009 and not long after became an in-market consultant for the Ontario, Canada Ministry of Economic Development. She started Neighbors in 2013. Prior to Mexico, she worked in advertising, at the Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia, supporting brands like Alltel, UPS, Burts Bees and Thomasville Furniture. Her undergraduate degree in English and Government is from the College of William and Mary (2003), and she completed a Master of Arts degree from the Queens University Belfast in 2006. Since 2016, Mary Claire has mentored startups in fintech, clean energy, and telecom connectivity, at Mass Challenge Mexico City. A former US Air Force brat, she has Mexican permanent resident status.