Catalina graduated from the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Guayaquil-Ecuador in 2001 with an Economics major. In 2000, she led the Administrative and Financial Department in the Technology Transfer Center at ESPOL. From 2003, Catalina worked as Financial Assistant for Research Projects in the Scientific and Technical Research Center of ESPOL. With this experience, she decided to pursue a Diploma in Project Management at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in 2009. In 2011, Catalina was awarded a scholarship from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for the LL.M. Intellectual Property programme at the University of Turin (Italy).

In her current role at the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Catalina deals with intellectual property and intangible assets identification activities, IP policy enhancement, and the management of identified intangible assets.