As a banker, Carl Vonderau has lived and worked in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and North Africa. He’s done business in French, Spanish and Portuguese, and financed small businesses, real estate, individuals, foreign banks, and international trade. For a time, he worked for a French speaking bank in Montreal financing financial institutions in Latin America.
Carl grew up in a family passionate about the YMCA. At eighteen, he became a Y camp counselor in Bogotá, Colombia. That experience motivated his long career in international business. Since settling with his wife and two sons in San Diego, he has volunteered at the San Diego Y, where he helped develop international partnerships, and eventually chaired the board for the Mission Valley Branch. In 2017, he received the Golden Triangle award, the San Diego YMCA’s highest honor for volunteer service. He also assisted Cal State San Marcos as a member of the Dean’s Council for the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Now retired, Carl helps non-profit organizations succeed in their missions. He also pursues his other passion—fiction writing.