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President's Welcome

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2012 was another year of expansion for Americas Society and Council of the Americas. With a diverse programmatic offering focused on engaging and delivering value to our members and constituents throughout the hemisphere, we continued to build our reputation as a hemispheric organization with real convening power and an important offering of original analysis and content.

During the year, we led 296 public policy and cultural programs in New York, Washington DC, Miami, and Latin America, including our signature Latin American Cities series through activities in Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima, Mendoza, Mexico City, Montevideo, Panama City, Santiago, and São Paulo, and our first mission to the northeast of Brazil. The organizations also took a small delegation to Cuba to examine the status of the economic reform process and existing legal regime for investment.

New initiatives like our Women’s Hemispheric Network and our U.S.-Mexico Border series helped to further broaden our reach and extend the scope of dialogue. The launch of our new website, which allows for a more seamless, user-friendly experience for constituents, has amplified our online presence and enabled us to webcast a record number of public programs and conferences. Our goal in 2013 is to webcast all our public programs in Latin America, a majority of public programs in New York, and to grow the number of webcasts in Washington DC and Miami.

Americas Quarterly provided critical analysis and fresh perspectives on key issues confronting the hemisphere, from the implications of China’s rise for the region to social inclusion, gender equality, and Latin America’s middle class. Our Board-led Summit of the Americas working group and our working groups on Hispanic Integration and Immigration, Energy Action, and Cuba offered unique forums for discussion between experts and stakeholders.

Over the summer, we remodeled the lobby of our 680 Park Avenue headquarters and renamed the space in honor of our Founder and Honorary Chairman David Rockefeller. Designed by distinguished Mexican architect and Americas Society Board Member Enrique Norten, the spectacular new David Rockefeller Atrium connects the old and new Latin America and looks to the future, representing a newly renovated Americas Society and Council of the Americas.

As we invest in the sustainability and growth of our cultural programs, they continue to attract wide audiences and spur important intercultural communication and understanding. In 2012, our gallery hosted three distinct exhibitions, among them one featuring Venezuelan artist “Gego” in commemoration of her hundredth anniversary. Our Music program held a record number of performances, and our Literature series hosted renowned and emerging writers from across the Americas, including Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa.

I want to thank my incredible team, whose energy and dedication ensures 2013 will build on our successes in 2012. I also want to give my sincere thanks to our Boards of Directors and our Chairman’s International Advisory Council, who so generously give their time, support, and confidence. Finally, I want to thank all of you for your continued commitment to our mission and work. We could not do any of this without you.

Susan L. Segal
President and CEO

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