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YPA Panel: U.S.-Latin American Links in Business, Tech, and Civil Society

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

November 9, 2018



Two-thirds of Latin America’s population voted to elect new leaders in 2018, from the local to national levels. Considering this new wave of political leadership, how might U.S. relations change with the region? Join this conversation with Young Professionals of the Americas to hear from our own Steering Committee members on their outlook for U.S.-Latin American ties as it relates to their sectors in business, technology, and civil society. We will be joined by young professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean who currently enrolled in an internship program through The Washington Center.

This event is open exclusively to YPA members and students from the Washington Center. To register, please email


  • Adam San Miguel, Global Engagement Manager, Microsoft - Tech for Social Impact
  • Erick Rozo, Venezuelan Activist and Cofounder of Voluntad Popular
  • Felipe Marin, Corporate Advisory Services Associate at Eurasia Group
  • Alana Tummino, Senior Director, AS/COA; Executive Director, YPA (moderator)

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About the speakers:


Felipe Marin is a global markets & corporate advisory associate at Eurasia Group. His role focuses on leading the firm’s expansion in Latin America as well as engaging existing corporate clients with interest in the region. Previously, Felipe 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, Felipe managed the organization’s individual membership programs and worked alongside the corporate relations team in identifying and securing new corporate members and sponsorship opportunities. Felipe 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, Felipe is an advisor to BUNNYMONEY, which is a mobile-app & marketplace empowering people to save money while donating and investing for a better world. He holds a bachelor’s of liberal arts with a concentration in government from Harvard University and is originally from Cali, Colombia.


Erick Rozo is a Venezuelan activist living in New York City. He holds a BA in international affairs from Universidad Central de Venezuela and a certificate in public policy for the youth from the Organization of American States (FLACSO) and the empowerment and civic engagement from The University of Texas at San Antonio. He joined LifeInvest Wealth Management in 2017 as part of the Sales Division. Rozo is an organizer for the Venezuelan diaspora living in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, where he has been connecting and liaising diverse initiatives, such as demonstrations and forums, among other activities. All this for the community to raise awareness on the Venezuelan crisis. He is also a cofounder of the Venezuelan political party Voluntad Popular, where he has been a militant since its foundation. He now serves as the current international head of activism. Erick enjoys connecting with people, music, the outdoors, movies, and learning about design thinking.



Adam San Miguel is an international business and civic leader with over a decade of experience in the technology sector. Adam currently works for Microsoft as a global engagement manager in the Technology for Social Impact (TSI) division, where he leads TSI initiatives across multiple geographies, including the Northeastern United States as well as Latin America. Prior to joining Microsoft, Adam worked for Dell Technologies, where he oversaw the Dell EMC New Jersey Public Sector practice and also served as the Dell Technologies Charity Ambassador to Cuba. Prior to Dell, Adam spent 7 years with EMC before being acquired by Dell, and worked in various sales capacities, including Inside, Channel and Enterprise sales. As civic leader in the community, Adam is founder and executive director of the Cuban American Alliance for Leadership Education (CAALE), a nonprofit organization supporting education through merit-based college scholarships and leadership development programs. Additionally, Adam is a member of the Cuba Study Group, a Miami based nonprofit organization aimed at promoting civil society development in Cuba. Also on the international stage, Adam is a member of the Cuba Emprende Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization that supports the Catholic Church of Cuba's Proyecto Cuba Emprende in offering entrepreneurial training and business advisory services to Cuban entrepreneurs. Adam is also on the Lideres Board of Latino Justice, a New York-based national civil rights organization. Adam holds a BA in finance from Monmouth University, where he also holds the school record for most receptions in a single season as well as career (football). Most recently, Adam earned an MBA from Fordham University, where he performed micro-consulting in the technology and digital branding industries in Argentina.


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.