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YPA: Assessing Opportunities for Afro-descendants in Latin America

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

July 8, 2020



Join Young Professionals of the Americas for a discussion with Judith Morrison on racial barriers and opportunities in Latin America. Recent events in the United States have drawn attention to the racial injustice faced by Afro-descendants all over the world and especially in Latin America. This demographic, which represents more than 150 million people in the region, faces a unique combination of economic barriers, social inequality, and most recently, disproportionate impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid these challenges, Judith will discuss how increased corporate social responsibility investments, targeted government policies, and technological progress can expand opportunities for Afro-Descendants in the region. 

The conversation will be moderated by YPA Steering Committee member, Liz Nunez, product strategist at BlackRock.


  • Judith Morrison, Senior Advisor (SCL/GDI) Inter-American Development Bank
  • Liz Nunez, Associate, Active Equities Product Strategy, BlackRock and YPA Steering Committee Member

This event is open to YPA members and non-members.

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Judith Morrison is the senior advisor for Social Development in the Gender and Diversity Division at the Inter-American Development Bank. She has over 20 years of international development experience and previously served as a regional director at the Inter-American Foundation, program director at the Inter-American Dialogue, and executive director at the Inter-Agency Consultation on Race in Latin America (IAC). Her work focuses on the best approaches to reach poor and vulnerable communities in Latin America, with an emphasis on the economic development African descendants and indigenous peoples. She has extensive experience brokering investments with the private sector and communities throughout Latin America, and developed the first private-sector eco-development fund in Brazil. She holds a master’s degree in poverty alleviation and income distribution from MIT where she received the Carroll Wilson Award for international research and received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

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