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Alana Tummino

Chief of Staff, President's Office

Alana Tummino was the chief of staff of the President's Office. Among her roles, she headed the AS/COA Cuba Working Group and was the 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.

Areas of Expertise: Cuba, social inclusion.

Contributions from Alana Tummino

Video: A View from Capitol Hill on U.S.-Cuba Relations with Rep. Tom Emmer

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Republican congressman said that "within the U.S. Senate there is still strong bipartisan support" to lift the embargo. ... Play Video

Video: Opening Remarks from "The United States and Cuba—A Snapshot of Current Collaborations"

Monday, February 13, 2017

The AS/COA Cuba Working Group partnered with CAF - Development Bank of Latin America for a half-day conference on current U.S.-Cuba relations. ... Play Video

2016: A Year of Turbulence in Quotes

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Western Hemisphere saw profound change in 2016. We were there watching it unfold. ... Play Video