Inara conducts research with the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, which aims to grow the knowledge on Latino entrepreneurs through research, knowledge dissemination, and facilitated collaboration. She is involved with designing and implementing the largest national survey of U.S. Latino business owners and works on maintaining and growing the survey panel. Inara also analyzes the survey and other secondary data, and disseminates the results through reports such as the annual State of Latino Entrepreneurship research report.
Prior to joining SLEI, Inara performed research at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where her research focused on minority and immigrant entrepreneurs. She also helped develop and perform data analysis for Inc. to calculate the Inc. Entrepreneurship Index, which is a timely measure of American entrepreneurship. Additionally, in collaboration with Startup Genome and Inc., Inara helped develop the Inc. Surge Cities index which ranks U.S. metropolitan areas for starting a business using seven key indicators.
Inara completed her BA from Grinnell College with majors in Mathematics and Economics and a minor in Global Development Studies.