Founded in 2013, the Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) is a member initiative of AS/COA that provides a platform for young professionals in their 20s and 30s to connect around the latest trends in the Americas through its New York City, Miami, and Washington, DC chapters.
YPA Mission Statement
The mission of YPA is to build a network that engages, connects, and inspires future leaders passionate about Latin America through professional development and social events.
To learn about the benefits, see the Membership tab.
Young Professionals of the Americas had their annual holiday party December 7 at Sanatorium in the Lower East Side neighborhood in Manhattan with a 1920's Latin American cinema theme. The night featured specialty cocktails by acclaimed mixologist Miguel Aranda and a samba dancer to top off a night of celebration and networking. Learn more.
Members of the Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) are primarily international and represent a diverse spectrum of professional sectors, including venture capital and finance, fashion, government, design, consulting, law, and the arts. Membership includes exclusive access to our networking and social events, such as private art fair tours, concerts, and intimate talks with industry leaders around professional development.
YPA currently has active chapters in New York, Miami, and Washington, DC. YPA Silver and YPA Artist memberships are only available in NY.
Become a YPA Member*
Annual Contribution of $100 ($75 tax deductible)
- Complimentary or discounted admission for public and private YPA events and parties
- Opportunities to expand your professional network through interaction with other international rising leaders
- AS/COA member rate admission to select public policy programs in New York, Miami, and Latin America with high-level industry and government leaders
- Complimentary admission to select Americas Society’s culture programs
- Complimentary one-year subscription to Americas Quarterly app
Annual Contribution of $500 ($320 tax deductible)
Silver members are considered upper-level members of Americas Society (AS) and enjoy benefits of the Cultural Circle and YPA.
YPA Silver Benefits:
- Complimentary or discounted admission for public and private YPA events and parties
- Invitations to select YPA Steering Committee events and elite programs from the network
- Invitations to intimate cocktail receptions, gallery tours, art fairs, and dinners exclusively for upper-level members of the Cultural Circle
- AS/COA member rate admission to all public policy programs in New York, Washington, DC, Miami, and Latin America with high-level industry and government leaders
- Complimentary admission to all Americas Society’s culture programs plus one guest, with special access to post-event receptions to meet featured artists (primarily in NYC)
- Complimentary one-year subscription to Americas Quarterly magazine and app
A limited number of complimentary YPA memberships for both the New York and Miami chapters will be given annually to artists and musicians. These members will enjoy all of the above benefits as well as access to Americas Society concerts and gallery openings. Interested applicants, please send a CV and portfolio link to Mila Fontana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply to our Steering Committee
Annual Contribution varies depending on the chapter.
The YPA Steering Committee comprises the network’s leadership. Selected members represent a variety of sectors and backgrounds, and offer their professional experience to develop fun, entertaining, and enriching programs. They also enjoy additional, elite benefits.
Steering Committee Benefits:
- Invitation to SC-only dinners and social gatherings
- Priority access and complimentary admission for all public and private YPA events and parties
- Invitations to select AS/COA VIP galas, receptions, and award dinners
- Access to select AS/COA leadership events exclusive to COA corporate members
- Invitations to intimate cocktail receptions, gallery tours, art fairs, and dinners exclusively for upper-level members of the Cultural Circle
- Complimentary admission to all public and private YPA events and parties
- Opportunity to give introductions at/cohost YPA events and represent the network at specific occasions
- Opportunity to develop YPA programs
- Opportunities to expand your professional network through interaction with other international rising leaders
- AS/COA member rate admission to all public policy programs and conferences in New York, Washington, DC, Miami, and Latin America with high-level industry and government leaders
- Complimentary admission to all Americas Society’s culture programs, with special access to post-event receptions to meet featured artists (primarily in NYC)
- Complimentary one-year subscription to Americas Quarterly magazine and app
In 2015, SC members enjoyed access to private high-level AS/COA programs, including:
- Lunch with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
- Americas Society Spring Party, honoring BlackRock Chairman/CEO Larry Fink and Miguel Alemán Foundation President Miguel Alemán Velasco
- Meeting with Mexican Tourism Minister Enrique de la Madrid
- Meeting with Brazilian Social Development Minister Tereza Campello
- Select events and briefing calls with ministers and leading political analysts from Latin America
Learn more about the application process here.
*Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) memberships are individual and non-transferable. Memberships run for a 12-month period from the time of joining.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE & YPA AMBASSADORS
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Manuela Albir is the national pilots manager for Drawp for School, the first COPPA-compliant content creation app with a built-in collaboration platform and automatic workflow management. In addition to managing both the countrywide sales team and the international resellers, Albir oversees the company’s direct sales efforts targeted at converting pilots into paying customers by hiring staff in the Philippines, creating follow-up strategies for existing non-paying customers, drafting proposals and processing purchase orders for teachers, schools, and districts. Prior to working at Drawp, Albir worked at the New York City Ballet in the Special Events Department. She studied comparative literature, with a focus on nineteenth century French and Italian literature, at Columbia University. Albir is from Bogota, Colombia and currently lives in New York City.
María Cristina Alvarez is currently part of the Amazon Consumer Leadership Development Programme in London, UK. She recently completed her MBA at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, as well as London Business School’s Entrepreneurship Programme. Prior to this, Alvrez spent five years at J.P. Morgan within the firm’s Asset Management, Latin America coverage team, out of both New York and Miami. She holds a bachelor of science in foreign service from Georgetown University and is originally from Puerto Rico.
Kelsey Bensch is a Government and External Affairs Associate with the BMW Group. In this role, she analyzes legislative and political developments and represents BMW Group interests in the U.S. market.Kelsey received a Master of Arts in German and European Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with a concentration in International Business and Government Relations. While at Georgetown, she served as a council member for Georgetown Women in International Affairs and was a committee member of the Transatlantic Policy Symposium. Kelsey also held internships with USAID and the State Department, where she worked for the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs during the Ukraine crisis.Prior to beginning her MA at Georgetown, Kelsey worked as a Content and Multimedia Producer for the House of Representatives, and held advocacy communications and television production positions in Washington, DC and Berlin, Germany. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Honors German and Communication Studies from the University of Michigan.
Julio Germán Arias Castillo works in the Global Investment Manager Analysis group at Morgan Stanley. Previously, he worked at Citigroup and Deloitte in Panama, Opus Investimentos in Brazil, and in Morgan Stanley's Global Capital Markets, International Wealth Management, and Executive Financial Services. In addition to AS/COA, Arias Castillo is director of international public relations of Enseña por Panamá, Teach for All's newest network partner in Latin America. Arias graduated with honors from the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania, with a BS in economics from The Wharton School and a BA in international studies. At UPenn, he served on the executive boards of Wharton Latino, the Wharton Business Law Association, and the International Student Advisory Board. He also was an active member of Cipactli (Latino Honors Society), Sigma Iota Rho (Honor Society for International Studies), and the John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society. In addition, he was elected as Wharton representative to the Undergraduate Assembly, was a participant for international programs in Australia, Morocco, and Portugal, and was the master of ceremonies of the Wharton Global Forum in Panama. Upon graduation, he was presented with the 2014 Alumni Student Award of Merit, and was a finalist for both the Dean's Award for Service to the Wharton School and the Class of 2014 Senior Honor Award. Born and raised in Panama City, Panama, he has represented his nation in prominent international forums, such as United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)'s Tunza Youth Conference 2009, Univ Forum 2010, and Vanguardia Iberoamericana 2013 (sponsored by UNESCO, the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Development Bank as part of the XXIII Ibero-American Summit).
Bosco Ballvé is the associate to the president and CEO of Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA). He was previously the Latin America studies intern at the Council on Foreign Relations and a financial markets reporter for El Economista in Madrid, his hometown. Ballvé is a recent graduate of New York University, where he obtained a BS in business economics (Stern 17’) and a BA in politics (CAS 17’). During his time at NYU Stern, he served on the founding e-board of the Undergraduate Latin American Business Association (ULABA) as the director of regional analysis. He completed his senior thesis A Game-Theoretic Model for the Venezuelan Crisis under the supervision of Professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita.
Beckie Bintrim works in the membership and development department at Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and helps manage the internal committee of YPA. Previous to this, she was a policy associate at AS/COA and the community and partnerships editor for Americas Quarterly (AQ) for four years, where she worked to build a community around the magazine, as well as on specific projects such as the Social Inclusion Index. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Bintrim moved to New York to pursue an MA in Latin American studies from New York University, where she was a Tinker grant recipient. She spends her free time on film projects, playing soccer, and traveling.
Sarah Bons is an editor and the business coordinator for Americas Quarterly (AQ) and a policy associate at AS/COA. Prior to joining AQ, Bons worked in the wine industry in Buenos Aires and was managing editor for Southern Pulse - Networked Intelligence. Bons earned a BA in international studies and Spanish with a focus on Latin America from the Ohio State University.
Ricardo Cervantes works in the Equity Capital Markets Group at Tishman Speyer. As part of Tishman Speyer’s Leadership Development Rotational Program, Cervantes worked with the company’s NYC Design and Construction Team and Mexico Regional Team. Previously, Cervantes founded two businesses in Mexico, focusing on customer loyalty (VivePlus S.A. de C.V.) and on construction (Materiales VICE S.A. de C.V.) and spent some time as an analyst in Merrill Lynch’s Debt Structuring Group. He completed a semester abroad in Salamanca, Spain, and a nine month internship at JP Morgan Mexico. In addition to AS/COA, Cervantes is a member of the advisory committee for Universidad CENTRO’s Master in Business Innovation Program and an advisor to Qualitas of Life Foundation. Cervantes holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a BA in chemical engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana. Born and raised in Mexico City, Cervantes has a deep commitment to economic policy and development in Latin America. He also enjoys traveling and is an avid runner, skier, soccer player, and golfer.
Diego Cisneros is an investment analyst at Serengeti Asset Management in New York. Serengeti is an opportunistic, value-based hedge fund with $1.5 billion in AUM, primarily investing in debt and equity of both public and private companies globally. Prior to joining Serengeti in 2016, Cisneros spent four years as an investment analyst at Newfoundland Capital Management in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Newfoundland is a Pan-Latin American long/short hedge fund focused on investing in publicly traded equities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. At Newfoundland, Cisneros was responsible for investments in consumer, real estate, and industrial sectors. Cisneros graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts; he holds a BS in business administration with a concentration in economics. While at Babson he spent one year as a fund of funds intern at SCS Financial, a Boston-based investment management firm with $16 billion in assets under management. He completed a semester abroad program in Buenos Aires, and a six month internship at Corporación America, one of the largest privately held conglomerates in Argentina with interests in infrastructure, banking, agriculture, and energy. Cisneros is a native of Caracas, Venezuela and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He enjoys playing soccer, squash, surfing, drums, flying, and painting.
Rodrigo Contreras is a Chilean trade lawyer and public policy expert. During his career, he has approached trade and integration policies from different perspectives: as a university professor; an international negotiator in bilateral, regional, and multilateral processes (including TPP, TISA and the Pacific Alliance); a delegate in international organizations such as the OECD and the WTO; a legal counsel and advisor of the government of Chile; a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank; and currently, as the trade and economic commissioner of Chile in the United States. In his current position, he represents the economic and trade interests of Chile in the United States, including relations with the Administration, Congress, private sector, NGOs, and multilateral organizations. In addition, his duties include promoting and facilitating exports of Chilean goods and services to the United States, attracting foreign direct investment to Chile, and promoting Chile as a tourist, business, and education destination. He holds a law degree from Universidad de Valparaiso (Chile) and an LLM from Georgetown University (Fulbright scholar).
Tyler Crowe is a global policy assistant at the Motion Picture Association of America. As part of the MPAA’s Global Policy Team, he advocates for the Association’s six member companies’ interests in international intellectual property, trade, and tax regulations. While at the MPAA, he has consulted with World Bank researchers on market access barriers in audiovisual services trade, presented findings on regulatory compliance in Latin America before a U.S. government interagency panel, and examined the impacts of U.S. elections on the American film and television industry. Prior to his time at the MPAA, he was a policy and legislation fellow with the League of United Latin American Citizens in addition to interning in the trade and investment section at the Embassy of Brazil in Washington. He is a member of the Washington International Trade Association and also served as the cochairman of the International Correspondents’ Committee at the National Press Club for two years. He holds a BA in Chinese and a certificate in international agriculture and natural resources from the University of Maryland-College Park.
Santiago Dañino Beck was born in Lima, Peru, raised in Washington, DC, and currently resides in New York City. At present, Dañino Beck works in the M&A Group at Goldman Sachs. Previously, he worked in the Office of the Chairman, as well as in the Emerging Markets Investment Banking Group, both also at Goldman Sachs. In addition to AS/COA, Dañino Beck is a member of the Junior Committee of the Worldfund, a non-profit that targets poverty in Latin America through the promotion and improvement of education in the region, a member of the Donations Committee for Help Peru, a non-profit committed to helping underprivileged Peruvians improve their access to education, healthcare and meet other everyday needs, and is actively involved in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Dañino Beck graduated with a BA in economics from Harvard University, where he was a member the Harvard Association for Cultivating Inter-American Democracy ("HACIA Democracia"), and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, among others.
Juan Delgado is an associate attorney in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group at Greenberg Traurig, P.A. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, New York, and the District of Columbia, and handles domestic and international corporate representations—including mergers and acquisitions, private securities offerings, and bank financings. Delgado holds a BA from Cornell University and a JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Zoe Dauth is program manager and a founding member of YPA's steering committee at AS/COA in Washington, DC. Dauth has experience serving on nonprofit boards. She was president of the Latin American Graduate Organization, copresident of Georgetown Women in International Affairs, director of the Australia Brazil Chamber of Commerce, and councilor for the Australian Institute of International Affairs. She is a graduate of the Master's Program of Latin American Studies and the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University. She holds a bachelor of arts (honors) from the University of Melbourne and a certificate of social impact from Melbourne Business School. Dauth speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Bahasa Indonesia.
Emilia Ferreira is a Brazilian-born-turned-New-Yorker-made-on-Earth filmmaker. Pragmatic about details and romantic about goals, her debut feature film, The Unattainable Story, premiered at the New Directors Competition at the Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival in October 2016, where it was acquired by Europa Films for Brazilian distribution. The film is currently showing in the United States and international festival circuits. In 2015, Ferreira received the National Association of Professional Women's VIP Woman of the Year award for outstanding excellence and dedication to her profession and the achievement of women. Besides feature films, Ferreira has directed a variety of purpose-driven content through her production company, Huma Legacy. Highlights include work for the Siddhartha School in India, commissioned by Go Campaign and featuring the Dalai Lama; Trip Transformadores, which includes nine documentary-style short films for one of Brazil’s most influential pop magazines, TRIP; and Grey Advertising’s mission film for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a $12.8-billion integrated global nonprofit health enterprise. She is currently the lead programmer for the narrative section of the 20th Brooklyn Film Festival (2017) and an advocate for women in film as the co-founder of WIFT/Brazil. Ferreira is also passionate about preserving our oceans and is an ambassador for Project Zero, an ocean conservation nonprofit organization.
Allison Fleder is an MBA candidate at London Business School. She was previously the chief of staff to the president/CEO at Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA). In that role, she worked on Cuba’s relations with the United States, regional public-private partnerships, and education issues. She is also a contributing author to AS/COA Online. A founding member of the organization’s Young Professionals of the Americas network, she continues to support the initiative as an ambassador and hopes to help in bringing the next generation to AS/COA. Fleder received a bachelor of arts in Latin American studies from Columbia College.
Elizabeth Gonzalez is a web and multimedia associate for AS/COA Online. A Cubana from Miami, Gonzalez writes and produces videos and podcast interviews for AS/COA's website, largely covering Caribbean and Southern Cone countries. As a member of YPA's internal committee, she heads their social media strategy. She graduated from New York University with bachelors degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. During her time at NYU she was president of the Women in Communications student association, and held internships at ABC, DIRECTV, and Scholastic.
Rodrigo Carriedo Haro is alternate executive director for Mexico in the Office of the Executive Director for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela at the World Bank Group (WBG) since November 2016. Before joining the WBG, he served as counselor in the Office of the Executive Director for Mexico and the Dominican Republic at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In this role, he was responsible for analyzing public-private partnerships, infrastructure projects, and the implementation of the plan to merge-out the private sector windows of the IDB Group. Carriedo Haro has held numerous responsibilities in the Mexican Federal Government, including director for financial inclusion and advisor to the minister at the Ministry of Finance; and under director of planning at the Ministry of Social Development. He has also collaborated with the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC and the Council of the Americas in New York, NY. Carriedo Haro holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and received a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Roger Larach was born in Honduras and currently resides in New York City. Larach currently works in the mergers and aquisitions (M&A) Latin America group at BNP Paribas. Prior to joining BNP Paribas in 2015, Larach spent two years at BroadSpan Capital in Miami working on M&A and debt restructuring transactions across Latin America. In addition to AS/COA, Larach is an international ambassador for Fundación Diunsa, a non-profit targeting Honduran children under high social risk through education and sports, and is also a member of Conecta, a Central American young professionals group. Larach graduated from Boston College with a BS in management (finance concentration) and honors economics. While at Boston College, Larach was the president of the Entrepreneur Society and a member of the Student Organization Funding Committee, among others. Larach completed investment banking summer analyst internships at Barclays and Credit Suisse and co-founded “Yo Prospero,” a microfinance venture focused on low-resource entrepreneurs in Honduras.
Gabriela Lujambio is a Mexican diplomat with years of international experience in government affairs, corporate relations, and trade. She is a lawyer by training from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City, with a post-graduate degree in constitutional law, where she graduated with honors. She has a certificate from the Harvard Extension School on nutrition and sustainability. Currently, Lujambio serves as an economic officer at the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, a position she has held for the past two years. Before moving to the United States, she worked at the Corporate Affairs division at Walmart’s headquarters for Mexico and Central America. Lujambio is currently pursuing an executive master’s degree in policy management (M.P.M. - 2018) at Georgetown University. She is very active and committed to her community, volunteering and supporting causes that she cares for. As such, she sits on the Steering Committee of MXDC – The Mexican Professionals Network, a Washington, DC based association of Mexican professional expatriates. She has lived in four counties and five cities, pursuing personal and professional experiences. Lujambio is a native of Mexico and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Salvador J. Juncadella, IV is a Portfolio & Research Analyst for BigSur Partners. Juncadella has led introductions, research and due diligence on over $100 million of client commitments into alternative investments, as well as established a new platform to enable the management and reporting of tangible assets. He is actively involved in all investment decision-making and the management of client relationships. Prior to joining BigSur Partners, Juncadella held positions with HSBC Private Bank, STRAAT Investments, Acumen Fund, Uber Technologies, and Bloomberg Institute. Following his passion for Latin American and modern art, he helped launch Matter & Light Fine Art Gallery and worked for The McMullen Museum of Art. Juncadella earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, where he majored in finance and minored in art history. He also studied abroad at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Nabil Malouli is the director for Latin America & Global Customer Director within DHL’s Customer Solutions and Innovation Group. He leads a team of customer managers responsible for strategy, growth targets, and customer relationship building for large international clients across all DHL business units (Global Forwarding, Express, and Supply Chain). His customer portfolio is delivering fast growth and represents more than EUR200K million for the company annually. Prior to his current position, Malouli served as Regional Customer Manager and Director of Trade Lanes Latin America, overseeing teams across the region and around the world, developing customer strategic plans and commercial strategies with high potential growth. He worked with DHL Global Forwarding strategic accounts to provide customers with insight into the best logistics solutions, market trends, cost savings initiatives, and sustainable innovative solutions. Nabil has experience in various solutions such as warehouse management, distribution center, last-mile delivery through solutions that he has developed with some of his customers. He also served previously as Regional Trade Lane Manager Latin America – North Asia Pacific, focusing on customer service excellence across this challenging trade route. Born in Toulon, France, Malouli has lived and worked in various countries, including Mexico, Brazil, China, England, France, and the United States. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in International Trade from the University of Montpellier in France, and a master’s degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon in Mexico.
Felipe Marin is a corporate advisory services associate at Eurasia Group. His role focuses on the firm’s expansion in Latin America as well as engaging existing corporate clients with interest in the region. Previously, Marin worked for prominent international brands such as the Foreign Policy Association, Human Rights Watch, and Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA). At AS/COA, Marin managed the organization’s individual membership programs and worked alongside the corporate relations team in identifying and securing new corporate members and sponsorship opportunities. He also led the team within YPA responsible for membership and financials, as well as the expansion of the initiative to other cities in the United States and Latin America. In his free time, he helps run a mobile app and marketplace called BUNNYBANK to save, invest, and donate money all at once. Marin holds a bachelor's of liberal arts with a concentration in government from Harvard University and is originally from Cali, Colombia.
Yndira Marin has a decade of experience in public affairs and strategic communications, with a regional focus on Latin America. She is currently a regional manager for the United States and Latin America at LLORENTE & CUENCA, a leading communications and public affairs management consultancy in Latin America, Portugal, and Spain. Previously, she was a senior associate in the Public Affairs and Crisis Practice at Burson-Marsteller. Marin has worked in client-facing roles, liaising with senior government officials and top executives. She has advised clients from diverse sectors including government, finance, media, energy, multilateral organizations, and NGOs. Her project and client experiences have included country branding, executive positioning, crisis management, media relations and events strategy. Marin began her career at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., where she was an officer at the Secretariat for Political Affairs (now Secretariat for Strengthening Democracy), in the Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation. She also has experience directing international business and policy conferences in the United States and in Latin America. Originally from Venezuela, she is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Francisco Martinez is an Associate at AS/COA Miami. His work helps facilitate dialogue between the private sector in Miami and the public sector in Latin America, with the ultimate goal of promoting economic prosperity and social development in the region. Previously, Martinez worked for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the world’s largest trade association, as well as Purple Strategies, an award-winning reputation management and strategic communications firm. He is on the internal committee of YPA, as well as the board of Santa Marta Progresa, a nonprofit he co-founded in 2012, whose mission is to educate young people on civic tools to counter political corruption, and foster their involvement in local political activity. Martinez is also President of PorColombia Miami, a professional network of exemplary young Colombians seeking to connect and empower Colombian communities both at home and abroad. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science. He also studied at Miami Dade College and the National University of Singapore.
Patrick McGinnis is the managing partner of Dirigo Advisors. He is an active angel investor in Latin America and the United States, with investments including NXTP Labs, ipsy, WeHostels, Bunny Inc., and BlueSmart. Prior to founding Dirigo, he was a vice president of PineBridge Investments, where he invested in fast growing companies in Pakistan, Turkey, Colombia, Ecuador, and China. He started his career on the Latin America team at JP Morgan Partners (formerly Chase Capital Partners) where he invested in businesses such as Americanas.com and MercadoLibre. An avid traveler, writer, and speaker, McGinnis has visited more than 65 countries. He writes for the Huffington Post, Business Insider, and the Latin America Venture Capital Association. McGinnis is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Business School. He also attended the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. His first book, The 10% Entrepreneur, will be published by Penguin Portfolio in early 2016. Learn more at www.the10percententrepreneur.com.
Romina Monasterio is a strategist focused on creating value through the use of market data and technology. She aims to deliver results that positively impact and optimize a corporation's efficiency, profitability, and resources without losing sight of the value in the product offering, brand, and intended target audience. Monasterio is partner at both Kai-Zen Consulting, a marketing and sales development and process engineering firm, and Luminary Central, a platform that enables growth for high impact entrepreneurs and investors and connects them with optimal resources. She is also a volunteer at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in South Florida. Her expertise is derived from various key positions, across multiple industries, offering both products and services in the United States and Latin America. She has carried out extensive market research with the ultimate objective of finding value and opportunity. Throughout her career she continually developed market strategies to gain competitive advantages and satisfy consumer needs. Monasterio holds a BS in technology in interactive multimedia development from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Miami with a special focus on marketing and operations management.
Frank Moreno is director of Latin America Sales at Generac Power Systems. He has over 11 years’ experience developing strategies for expanding global markets, channel development and building strategic alliances. He has held a number of roles within the company, including most recently regional manager for Central America and the Caribbean. Before joining Generac, he served in several other sales roles with Americas Generators and Summit Technologies, both based in Florida. Moreno is a graduate of Florida State University in Accounting, Management, and Marketing. He has also pursued executive education in Finance, Strategy, and Innovation at both MIT and Emerson.
Alvaro J. Muñiz is a strategist with years of experience in local government and international NGO’s. Previously, Muñiz worked for Ashoka’s U.S. Venture & Integration team working on internal data analysis projects which led to the launch of the All America initiative. Muñiz began at Ashoka as part of the Talent Growth Initiative, a partnership with world-class corporations, social entrepreneurs, universities, and media partners to distill the foundational talent needs for employers and the most innovative approaches to providing workers with these skills and to placing the best skilled workers into the right jobs. Prior to joining Ashoka, Muñiz worked for the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners working on technology ecosystem initiatives as well as policy research and analysis. Muñiz holds a BA in political science from Providence College where he served as an SGA Class Representative and received a JD from Saint Louis University School of Law where he was a Dean’s Scholar and also served as an SBA Representative and President of the Hispanic Law Students Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Miami’s 35th Class
Juan Navarro-Staicos is currently responsible for global macro investments at OMERS Capital Markets. There he analyzes macroeconomic developments across a range of developed and emerging economies, including several in Latin America. Previously, Navarro-Staicos worked at the New York Federal Reserve providing up-to-date analysis of key market developments to senior policymakers. He also spent several years at Bain & Company, where he worked with major Latin American and U.S. corporate clients. Navarro-Staicoshas a joint degree in business administration and development economics from Harvard University, and he attended Rice University for his undergraduate studies. He joined the YPA because of a deep commitment to economic policy and development in Latin America. He also enjoys traveling and is an avid runner, skier, and kitesurfer. Juan was born in Argentina, and raised in the United States.
Sebastián Negrón-Reichard is a strategy analyst at Accenture in New York City. Previously, Sebastián worked for a gubernatorial political campaign in Puerto Rico and interned at J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico, and the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico. Sebastian attended the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a BS in economics from The Wharton School and a BA in international studies and French from the College of Arts and Sciences. During his time at Penn, he was president of Wharton Latino and chair of the Class of 2016 Giving Committee. Additionally, he served as a Wharton representative to the Undergraduate Assembly and chief of staff of the Wharton LatAm Conference. Moreover, he was selected as student speaker at his Wharton graduation ceremony, and was awarded the Vice Dean’s Award for Service and the Spade Senior Honor Award. The oldest of five siblings, Negrón-Reichard was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is very passionate about issues affecting the island. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.
Alberto Peralta Ramos joined Morgan Stanley in 2016 as part of the Wealth Management Division. Previously, Peralta Ramos was part of the Global Asset Management Analyst and Associate Programs at J.P. Morgan in New York and Miami. Peralta Ramos graduated with a BS in economics and finance from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. He enjoys practicing sports (soccer, golf, and tennis), transcendental meditation, and spending time with family and friends. Peralta Ramos is also fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
Vanessa Perez currently serves as project manager for the Television Association of Programmers Latin America, a trade association representing Pay-TV content producers in legal and government relations issues in the region. Perez previously spent two years working in the Latin America practice of the DC-based strategic advisory firm McLarty Associates, where she supported the consulting efforts of the company’s managing partner and led the region’s research team. She also has experience interning at the US Trade Representative’s Office and the Department of Education, as well as serving as a summer teacher for the NGO Breakthrough Collaborative. Originally from Colombia, Perez is fluent in Spanish and professionally proficient in Portuguese. She holds degrees in economics and international relations from American University and spent a semester studying in Brazil at the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Miami Professional Chapter of the national PorColombia organization, focused on promoting cultural, professional, and philanthropic activities related to Colombia.
Kenneth Ray is a director in the Global Intelligence and Strategic Threat Management Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Miami, Florida. He is a Latin America and anticorruption specialist with extensive experience advising private and public sector clients across multiple industries to mitigate and manage regulatory and reputational risks in the context of cross-border deals, disputes, investigations, and compliance reviews. He was previously a compliance officer at Citigroup, where he was responsible for managing and facilitating the development and implementation of global anticorruption policies and best practices across 90+ jurisdictions. Ray earned an MA in Latin American studies from Florida International University and a BA in foreign affairs and Latin American studies from the University of Virginia. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Rodrigo Riaza is an associate at AS/COA. Previously, he was a Latin America intern at Albright Stonebridge Group and a research assistant at the William Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University. Riaza also held various positions in public advocacy and government relations at UNICEF, American Bar Association, and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. He graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University where he received his BA in economics and international affairs.
Margaret Rohrmann is a second year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. Prior to business school, Rohrmann worked at Kekst and Company, a corporate public relations firm in New York. Prior to that role, she worked at Goldman Sachs in the firm’s Mergers Leadership Group. Rohrmann holds a Bachelor of Science in foreign service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She grew up in Guatemala.
Colin Serling is currently an associate at Prodigy Network, a commercial real estate development firm focused on crowdfunding. Founded in 2003 by Colombian native Rodrigo Niño, the team is democratizing real estate financing by allowing accredited investors globally to participate in previously difficult to obtain assets in New York City and Latin America. Previously, he worked on the equities and options sales team at the New York Stock Exchange. Serling is a co-founder and visiting scholar of the Capital Markets Foundation, a project focused on educating and empowering students in Latin America with the ability to trade with U.S. capital markets. He has been an integral part of launching four semesters of classes in Cali, Colombia, and will continue to help lead the expansion throughout the region. Serling graduated from Lafayette College in 2012 with a BA in economics and financial policy. He can speak Spanish and is learning Portuguese.
André Soares serves as counselor at the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) board of directors. Prior to joining the board, Soares served as a trade economist to the Integration and Trade Department of the IDB on projects related to China-Latin American trade and economic relations. Before that, he acted as research coordinator for the China-Brazil Business Council (CBBC), where he was involved in restructuring CBBC's research area, which is now considered an international reference in the field. Soares holds a master's degree in industrial engineering with an emphasis on economics and innovation from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and has an executive education from Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a focus on economic development.
Valéria Souza Cruz is a senior associate in the Global Intelligence and Strategic Threat Management Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Washington, DC. She is a Latin America specialist and has focused most of her career on Latin American government affairs and business development. During her time at PwC, Souza Cruz has participated in due diligence, risk mitigation, and threat identification engagements for public- and private-sector clients across a variety of sectors. Souza Cruz joined PwC in May 2015, coming from a SaaS company focused on customer experience management, where she worked as a business consultant and Latin America marketing coordinator, managing public relations and business strategy in the region. Previously, she was the public policy programs manager for the Council of the Americas and has also worked at the World Bank, the Organization of American States, IBM Brasil, and Petrobras. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she earned an MA in Latin American studies from Georgetown University and a BA in economics from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Stefany Stanley, originally from São Paulo, Brazil, moved to the United States in 2008 to pursue her career in marketing. After receiving her Certificate in Conference & Event Management from New York University, Stanley took on the role of director of Business Development at NewsCred, an end-to-end content marketing platform, where she continues to develop and grow the marketing and sales strategies. Stanley is passionate about many different topics and organizations; she is on the board of Meeting Professionals International Greater NY, and a member of the Programs Committee at Women in Communications Inc., the Young Collectors Council at the Guggenheim, and many more. Stanley also believes in giving back, which she does by volunteering with NY Cares, among others. Her moto is stay focused, stay motivated, and always be open to meeting great people and embracing the best that New York has to offer.
J.J. Stranko is currently deputy head of media relations for McKinsey and Company. Before joining McKinsey, he spent several years doing Latin America-focused work and consulting with organizations across the private and nonprofit sectors, including Facebook, Morgan Stanley, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Stranko has lived and worked across Latin America and was the recipient of a Fulbright-Garcia Robles grant in Mexico City. Stranko is a graduate of Columbia University and SAIS-Johns Hopkins. A prolific writer, his work about Latin America has appeared in the Washington Post, Americas Quarterly Blog, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Huffington Post.
Pola Thomson is a Chilean-born, NYC-based designer. Since the early 2000s, she has been a fashion pioneer in Latin America, launching two design labels in Santiago and working as a contributing editor and fashion stylist for several magazines. In 2008, she won the Gama Cut Award for Best Fashion Stylist of the Year. Her collections were presented at several runways and tradeshows in Santiago, Panama City, Paris, Vicenza, and New York. In 2011 she showcased her collection at the renowned “Who’s Next & Première Classe” show in Paris winning the Femme category and was invited again in January 2012 to exhibit her FW 2012 collection at Who’s Next Prêt-à-Porter Paris. El Mercurio recognized her in 2011 as one of the 100 Chilean leaders of the year. In May 2014, the the London-based platform Not Just a Label picked her to present her work in Origin Fair in Vicenza as one of the 100 most exciting emerging designers from the fashion industry. She holds a bachelor's in design with a strong focus in art, aesthetics, and design from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Alana Tummino is senior director of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and a senior editor of Americas Quarterly magazine. Among her roles, she heads the AS/COA Cuba Working Group and is executive director of the organization’s Young Professionals of the Americas network.
With over a decade of experience working with Latin America, Tummino collaborates with public- and private-sector leaders, NGO’s, foundations, and academics throughout the Western Hemisphere on a range of business and policy issues. She leads work on Cuba’s changing economic and political landscape and relations with the United States, and helps businesses navigate investment opportunities and the changing regulatory framework. Tummino also focuses on issues of social inclusion, entrepreneurship, and women. She has published policy and opinion pieces in numerous outlets, and has appeared as an expert on CNN, CNN en Español, NPR, BBC, and PBS, among others. Tummino has been quoted as an expert in publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Agencia EFE, Politico, NBC News, The Miami Herald, and Foreign Policy. Prior to joining AS/COA, Tummino worked with various international development organizations on microfinance and women’s economic empowerment. She was a foreign language and area studies fellow for Portuguese and Latin America from the U.S. Education and State departments, and the Financial Women’s Association graduate scholar for microfinance. She received an MA in economic and political development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and received her BA in political science and Spanish from the George Washington University.
Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger is the founder and managing director at Innovatics Group LLC, an international advisory firm based in Washington, DC. Originally from Argentina, he has represented a wide range of clients from the United States and Latin America. His experience includes working in areas such as international government and business relations, public relations, political risk analysis and campaign management. His clients range from big media conglomerates, presidential candidates, to human rights defenders. He is the founder of the Center for Investigative Journalism in the Americas, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase public awareness on the issues of corruption and abuse of power, promoting transparency, public integrity and accountability, through the use of investigative journalism. He is a contributor to the newspaper El País, and his opinion columns have been also published by several top media outlets such as the The Hill, Huffington Post, The Miami Herald, Foreign Policy Online, and other news outlets throughout Latin America. Previously, he was an associate director at Otto Reich Associates LLC, a consulting firm headed by former U.S. Ambassador and Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Otto J. Reich; and a Latin American fellow at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
Lizzie Wintle is an investment professional at JF Lehman, a New York-based private equity firm with a focus on the aerospace, defense, and naval industries. Prior to her current position, Wintle worked in the Global Industrials Group at Credit Suisse with a focus on chemicals and building products. She graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University where she received her BA in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Slideshow: 2017 YPA Holiday Party in Black and White
December 13, 2017
Cheers to another successful year for Young Professionals of the Americas!...
Slideshow: YPA Launch in Washington, DC
December 07, 2017
Young Professionals of the Americas launched its DC chapter on November 28 in partnership with the BMW Group....
Slideshow: YPA Goes to Mexico
December 01, 2017
We had a great first event in Latin America. See see pictures from the Mexico City event hosted in collaboration with Google México and Programa de Jóvenes del Comexi....
Slideshow: Discussing Art and Activism with Edel Rodriguez and Lucia Cuba
November 15, 2017
Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) and Americas Quarterly (AQ) spent the evening of November 8 with Latino artists Edel Rodriguez and Lucia Cuba, two of AQ's...
Video: Endeavor's Linda Rottenberg on High-Impact Entrepreneurship - Latin American Business Conference 2017
February 24, 2017
At the conference hosted by YPA and Columbia and NYU's LABA, the nonprofit founder talked about getting started in entrepreneurship....
Video: Marcos Troyjo on the Political Economy of Deglobalization - Latin American Business Conference 2017
February 24, 2017
The codirector of Columbia University's BRICLab, discussed the effect of Brexit, protectionism, tariffs, a new U.S. administration, and the impact on Latin America....
February 24, 2017
Experts discussed what the digital revolution means for the finance industry and broader economy in a panel at a conference hosted by YPA and Columbia and NYU's LABA....
February 24, 2017
Experts discussed the principle economic challenges facing Latin America in a panel at the conference hosted by YPA and Columbia and NYU's LABA....
Video: Management in the Face of Challenges, Discussion and Closing – Latin American Business Conference 2017
February 24, 2017
Speakers discussed trends affecting business in the region and AS/COA's Susan Segal gave closing remarks at the conference hosted by YPA and Columbia and NYU's LABA....
February 24, 2017
Rising entrepreneurs explored what it takes to start, grow, and manage a venture in a panel at a conference hosted by YPA and Columbia and NYU's LABA....
Slideshow: Latin American Business Conference 2017
March 10, 2017
Young Professional of the Americas joined forces with LABA for a full-day conference bringing rising leaders together to talk policy, tech, entrepreneurship and more....
Slideshow: YPA's Brazilian Baile Funk Carnival Party
March 28, 2016
See photos of Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) carnival party in New York....
Slideshow: Una noche en el estudio - YPA 2015 Holiday Party
December 18, 2015
See photos of Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) annual holiday party, this year at Andy Warhol's former studio in SoHo....
Slideshow: Cafecito – Personal Investments 101
April 14, 2015
Members met with Latin America Private Bank team from J.P.Morgan to learn about elementary market strategies and best approaches to investing....
Slideshow: Exploring Malbec - A Private Class and Wine Tasting
November 17, 2014
Young Professionals of Americas explored the intricacies of wine tasting. ...
Slideshow: Out and Discriminated Against? LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace
November 13, 2014
See photos from a panel discussion on advancing LGBTQ rights in professional settings....
Slideshow: Esperança Terena - A Photographic Lens into One of Brazil's Indigenous Communities
July 15, 2014
The YPA hosted a special Brazilian photography viewing....
Slideshow: Young Professionals of the Americas' One-Year Anniversary Party
July 02, 2014
View photos of the YPA network celebrating a year since its launch. ...
LatAm Minute: Digital Entrepreneurship in Latin America
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Two Latin American entrepreneurs speak about the advantages and challenges of starting digital ventures in the region. ...
May 21, 2014
Young tech entrepreneurs working in Latin America shared their experiences, successes, and hurdles....
Slideshow: Young Professionals of the Americas Brazilian Carnival Party
March 04, 2014
View photos from AS/COA's Young Professionals of the Americas Brazilian Carnival Party....
Slideshow: Social Entrepreneurship in Latin America - An Evening with Ruth DeGolia of Mercado Global
September 09, 2013
View photos from AS/COA's Young Professionals of the Americas evening with social innovator Ruth DeGolia....
Slideshow: Young Professionals of the Americas End of Summer Fiesta
September 04, 2013
View photos from AS/COA's Young Professionals of the Americas end of summer fiesta....
Slideshow: Young Professionals of the Americas Launch Event
July 22, 2013
View photos from the launch party on June 27, 2013 for AS/COA's Young Professionals of Americas....