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Yasmin Khan, Administrative Director, is a researcher and Urban and Regional Planning Manager with expertise in Water Resource Management, Participatory Urban Planning and International Communications. She has a master´s degree in water resource management and a second master´s in community and regional planning. Her undergraduate degree is in journalism, and she worked as a journalist in the United States and Bolivia. She has field work experience including researching and implementing a rural regional water plan in Veracruz, Mexico to designing and researching sustainable agricultural practices for drought-stricken communities in Karnataka, India. She has worked on gender-related rural and urban planning issues in Latin America and Asia and has extensive experience working in La Paz, Bolivia with urban and rural planning projects, including as Communications Official for ACDI/VOCA-Bolivia.
Clayton Conn, Multi-Media Director,
Raúl Zibechi is an international analyst for Brecha of Montevideo, Uruguay, lecturer and researcher on social movements at the Multiversidad Franciscana de América Latina, and adviser to several social groups. He focuses on the South America region and issues of autonomy and grassroots movements. He writes the monthly “Zibechi Report” for the Americas Program.
Kristin Bricker, Mexico, is a journalist based in Mexico and long-time member of the Americas Program team of invstigative journalists and political analysts.
Alfredo Acedo, Mexico, is a journalist and
Marta Sanchez Soler, Mexico, is a binational (Mexico-USA) migrant’s rights advocate and activist, founding member and executive director of Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano. She is a member of MIREDES International, Parlamento Migrante, Migrants Rights International, Red de Defensores de Derechos Humanos, LULAC, and promotes integration of struggles throughout the American Continent.
Marco Antonio Martínez García, Mexico is a reporter that specializes in politics and environment topics. He graduated from Facultad de Estudios Superiores Aragón from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and has 12 years of experience in journalism. He has worked in the newspaper Reforma, El Economista, El Universal and El Centro. He has also collaborated with the Instituto Mexicano de la radio, and the magazine Chilango. He is coauthor of the book “Horas Infaustas. La tragedia del news Divine,” published in 2009.
Kent Paterson, US-Mexco, is a freelance journalist who covers the southwest of the United States, the border region and Mexico. He is an analyst for the Americas Program.
David Bacon, US, is a writer and photojournalist based in Oakland and Berkeley, California. He has been a reporter and documentary photographer for 18 years, shooting for many national publications. He has exhibited his work nationally, and in Mexico, the UK and Germany. Bacon covers issues of labor, immigration and international politics and is an associate editor at Pacific News Service as well as a collaborator with the Americas Program.
Tony Phillips, Argentina, is an Irish ecological economist living in Buenos Aires. He specializes in Ecological concerns for international finance and in Latin American regional integration. He is an analyst and translator with the Americas Program. He also edits the multilingual magazine: DensidadRegional.org Tony is a researcher and journalist on trade and multinational finance, and a translator and analyst for the Americas Program. Much of Tony’s work is published at Project Allende.
Talli Nauman is a U.S.-based journalist who has worked with the Americas Program for nearly two decades. She writes on environmental issues.
Jessica Islas, Honduras
Víctor Quintana, Mexico
William Hartung, USA
Alex Sierra, Colombia
Ariela Ruiz Caro, Argentina/Peru
Maria Soledad Cervantes Ramírez
Esther Buddenhagen is a retired psychiatric social worker and a retired back-of-the-book indexer who currently lives with her husband in Xico, Veracruz, Mexico. She has diplomas in Spanish language and Mexican Studies from UNAM’s School for Foreigners, San Antonio, Texas branch.
Carolina Sternberg is a Ph.D. candidate interested in urban geography, committed to understanding social inequalities in global cities. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, focusing on neoliberal governance in Latin American and North America. Currently, she is making progress with her dissertation entitled: The Dynamics of Neoliberal Redevelopment Governance: A Comparison of Buenos Aires and Chicago.
Lívia Cavallini Dias is a Brazilian International Relations analyst, who has focused her studies in American political, economical and logistic issues, with an MBA in International Logistics & Commerce, who has worked in her specialization field in Brazil and in the USA. Nowadays she works as a Budget Analyst for an engineering project in a Brazilian multinational company, but her real interest and passion are still International Relations. Lívia is fluent in Portuguese, English and French, and can easily communicate in Spanish.
Sara Plaza Moreno is a Spanish English teacher for children who was awarded a fellowship to study as an exchange student at the National University of Cordoba (Argentina). After finishing her studies she went back to Argentina and started working side by side with her husband reviewing, editing and translating conferences, articles and books in the field of librarianship, information management and indigenous knowledge. Travelling through South America together, they both wrote their experiences down and put them on the web [http://thelogofalibrarian.blogspot.com/]. Settled back in Spain for now, she co-publishes “Land of Winds” [http://landofwinds.blogspot.com/] a digital magazine on Andean music and culture, and keeps on contributing to their weblog, in addition to translating, editing and proofreading academic and professional documents.
Annette Ramos holds a masters in Spanish and Latin American literature, and is a freelance interpreter and translator. Her interests include current events throughout the Spanish-speaking world and enabling the dissemination and proliferation of alternative viewpoints.
Frances Fernandes is a senior writer for the chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. She has an honors degree in Spanish with Italian from London University, spent 30 years as a reporter and editor for Southern California newspapers and teaches at UCLA Extension.
Thomas Holloway is retired from teaching Latin American history at Cornell (1974-2000) and UC Davis (2000-2009). He is the editor of the Companion to Latin American History (2008), and the author of several books on the history of Brazil. He is a Past President of the Latin American Studies Association (2000-01), and served as Executive Secretary of the Conference on Latin American History, 2002-07. He has done translations from Portuguese and Spanish for the Hispanic American Historical Review and several other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and volunteers in the carpenter shop at Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site.
Brandon Brewer holds a B.A. in Spanish and Media Arts from the University of Arizona, and an M.A. in Spanish from Bowling Green State University. He has lived abroad in Spain, Mexico and Brazil, and in 2008 received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach in Acapulco, Mexico. Currently, he is pursuing a Masters in Communication Disorders at San Diego State University.
Jenny Marie Forsythe holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Literature from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and is currently a Ph.D. student in Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Americas Program relies on a network of volunteer researchers from around the world. These individuals share of their time and expertise and make it possible for our small program to produce cutting-edge analysis on a weekly basis.
Gustavo Ruiz Llopiz
Nayeli Montero Rodriguez: Nayeli currently lives in Mexico City where she works in government. After finishing her B.A. in International Relations from the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexico, she received a Master’s in International Studies in Security from Birmingham University in the U.K. She was Program Assistant at the Americas Program in 2010 and continues to collaborate on research and writing and relations. She has worked and lived in Ireland and the United Kingdom and speaks English, French and Spanish.