Alana Tummino is the chief of staff of the President's Office. 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, Alana 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. Alana 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. Alana 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, Alana 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.
Areas of Expertise: Cuba, social inclusion.