Young Professionals of the Americas
Young Professionals of the Americas
Founded in 2013, Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) is a member initiative of AS/COA that provides a platform for young professionals 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.
YPA hosts regular members-only events in each of its three chapters, including panels, dinners, gallery tours, site visits, and more. YPA members also have access to selected AS/COA events and conferences.
Each month, each YPA chapter hosts a casual happy hour open to members and prospective members alike. Email email@example.com for information about this month's happy hours.
Join our mailing list to get updates on membership and events.
- Pia Fuentealba, Executive Director
Steering Committee Members
The YPA Steering Committee comprises the network’s leadership. Selected members represent a variety of sectors and backgrounds, and offer their professional experience and connections to develop fun, dynamic, and enriching programs. They also enjoy additional, elite benefits.
- Allie Fleder
- Aris Iliopulos
- Elizabeth Gonzalez
- Andres Mondino
- Liz Nunez
- Brett Perlmutter
- Michael Seitz
- Nathalie M. de Almagro
- Mario Di Giovanni
- Andreas Farge
- Juan Carlos Freile
- Kelsey Flitter
- Alberto Peralta Ramos
- Vanessa Perez
- Monica Ramirez de Arellano
- Tyler Crowe
- Alvaro Muñiz
- JC Torres
- Andrés Varona
The YPA Internal Committee comprises a small group of employees of the AS/COA. The internal team spearheads YPA’s membership expansion and coordinates programs.
- Pia Fuentealba, Executive Director of YPA
- Rich Brown
- Chase Harrison
- Luisa Horwitz
- Cyndi Balladares, head of YPA Miami
- Luciana Sabillon
- Marvin Wiley, head of YPA Washington, DC
- Maria de Lourdes Despradel
Nathalie M. de Almagro serves as commercial counsel for NBCUniversal. In this role, Nathalie provides legal advice regarding NBCUniversal’s operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on distribution deals, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Nathalie was an associate within the Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment practice group of Hogan Lovells US LLP. Her practice focused on representing clients spanning a range of industries, including health care and transportation, in a variety of complex litigation and arbitration matters, while also maintaining an active pro bono practice. In 2019, Nathalie graduated first in her class from Florida International University College of Law, where she also served as executive managing editor of the FIU Law Review and founding board member of the FIU Business Law Society. As a proud Cuban American, Nathalie is passionate about celebrating the virtues of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as finding solutions to the challenges facing the region.
Tyler Crowe is a Manager of IP, International at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). He is primarily responsible for leading the Chamber’s Special 301 submission, GIPC’s IP Scholars and Champions program, and GIPC’s engagement in strategic markets. Before joining the Chamber, Tyler spent nearly four years with the Global Policy team at the Motion Picture Association, where he consulted with World Bank researchers on market access barriers in audiovisual services trade, briefed U.S. government officials on IP trends in emerging markets, and traveled through China to assess commercial opportunities in that country's theatrical film market. He started his career interning in the trade and investment section at the Embassy of Brazil in Washington. Originally from Ellicott City, Maryland, he holds a B.A. in Chinese and a certificate in international agriculture and natural resources from the University of Maryland-College Park. He speaks Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, French, and (some) Mandarin Chinese.
Mario Di Giovanni is a Government Affairs Advisor for the FedEx Express Regulatory and Government Affairs team in Miami, where he supports the company’s strategic government affairs initiatives, including the strengthening of data and intelligence gathering, as well as regulatory and legislative monitoring in key areas for our business. Mario also supports with the development of materials for relevant government engagements and advocacy opportunities throughout the region. Mario joined FedEx Express in 2019. Prior to joining FedEx, Mario was an Intelligence Analyst for Guidepost Solutions, and Political Consultant at Newlink. His previous experience includes work in public affairs, political consultancy, communication strategies, and private investigative matters for Fortune 500 companies, in the U.S. and throughout the LAC region, particularly Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Dominican Republic. Mario holds a Master of Arts in Global Affairs, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Economics, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, all from Florida International University.
Andreas Farge leads market intelligence projects in the digital payments industry, specializing in e-commerce and payment method. Serving the most exciting companies in the world, he manages the creation of the most comprehensive database on e-commerce and payment methods in Latin America, as well as the execution of multi-country research studies focused on market sizing, opportunity benchmarking, and understanding end-user insights. Leveraging AMI’s three decades of experience conducting thousands of projects across 20+ jurisdictions, Andreas works with players across the payments sector (networks, financial service providers, payment processors, and digital ecosystems) to evaluate competitive threats and better understand their markets. Andreas presently resides in Miami. He is a native English speaker and is fluent in Spanish and French.
Allie Fleder is the COO and a founding team member at SimplyWise, a fintech empowering better decisions for modern retirement. She previously founded and ran Sherpa, a British luggage delivery platform for busy travelers that was acquired in 2019. Before starting her own business, she consulted for a number of VC-backed startups in London and NYC. Allie began her career at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, where she served as the chief of staff to the president. In that role, she worked with entrepreneurs and tech companies to help them scale up their operations in Latin America. She is a founding member and former Executive Director of the Young Professionals of the Americas network. She is a board member and former Chair of EUROUT, Europe’s largest LGBT+ business conference, and serves on the Digital Corps leadership team of Out in Tech. Allie received a bachelor of arts in Latin American studies from Columbia College and an MBA from London Business School, where she was a 50th Anniversary Scholar.
Kelsey Flitter is the Founder and Principal at Rubi Group, a boutique communications consulting agency based in Miami. Rubi Group specializes in U.S. and Latin American markets, integrating sustainability, diversity, and social responsibility into client strategies. In her role as Founder, Kelsey has grown Rubi Group’s client portfolio to include Fortune 500 companies, pan-regional non-profit organizations, and top business organizations, leading the Rubi Group team to build purposeful strategic communications, branding, and marketing programs. Kelsey’s passion for Latin America has led her to live throughout the region, namely in Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, among others, enriching her regional insight and experience. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Latin American Studies and Communications from the University in Miami.
Juan Carlos Freile is a banker at JP Morgan Private Bank, where he advises wealthy individuals and families in South Florida and Puerto Rico, with a focus on privately-held business owners and executives of public companies. He works closely with an integrated team of specialists to provide customized wealth management solutions, including investing, wealth structuring, fiduciary services, philanthropy, banking, and credit, among others. Prior to joining JP Morgan’s Private Bank seven years ago, Juan Carlos worked in investing banking at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York City. Juan Carlos received his BA in economics and history cum laude from Dartmouth College. He is actively involved with his alma mater, interviewing high school student applicants in Miami and Latin America, as well as Dartmouth Recruiting nationally for JP Morgan Asset & Wealth Management. Locally in Miami, Juan Carlos is a young patron of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. He is also a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Miami. Juan Carlos lives in Miami with his wife Isabel and their son Juan Carlos III.
Pía Fuentealba serves as the chief of staff to the president and CEO of Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the executive director of the Young Professionals of the Americas. Prior to this, she led the media relations department at AS/COA since 2018. Her efforts promoted the organization throughout the United States and Latin America through the placement of Americas Society and Council of the Americas programs in news outlets, Pía also managed interviews for AS/COA's experts. She came to New York from Chile in 2016 to complete a M.S. in corporate communications and public relations at New York University. In Santiago, she worked at a public relations firm and previously at an energy multinational company.
Elizabeth Gonzalez is a Research & Content Development Manager for Bloomberg New Economy, advancing the goals of the Cities, Climate, Health, and Trade Councils and organizing solutions-oriented roundtables. Previously at AS/COA, she spent 5 years researching economic and political trends in Latin America for as-coa.org and traveling throughout the region to produce the livestreaming and associated media content of AS/COA conferences. Elizabeth completed a master’s in Economic Policy Management at Columbia University’s SIPA in May 2020, and a dual Bachelor's in Journalism and Political Science at New York University in 2014. Born in Havana and raised in Miami, she calls New York City home but considers herself a citizen of the world.
Chase Harrison is the editorial manager at Americas Society/Council of the Americas Online. In this role, he produces digital content on Latin American politics and economics, including articles and infographics. He also is one of the rotating hosts of AS/COA Online’s Latin America in Focus podcast. Prior to AS/COA, he completed a MPhil degree in comparative politics at the University of Oxford where his work focused on populist parties in Central America and Mexico. For his thesis, he completed fieldwork throughout Mexico City, where he also worked as a political risk consultant. Chase has extensive experience in political campaigns across the U.S. and once held the title of New Jersey’s youngest elected official. In his spare time, Chase is an award-nominated globe-trotting comedian. Have you seen him perform in England, Scotland, Mexico, the Netherlands, or the United States? Probably not.
Luisa M. Horwitz is a public policy programs associate at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. A member of YPA's internal committee, she helps develop the network's online content, social media strategy, and programmatic activity. Horwitz works to execute public policy programs for a range of Latin American countries of interest for AS/COA members, both public and private. She also works on creating programs for AS/COA's Women's Hemispheric Network, hosting top public- and private-sector leaders across the Americas to address issues around women in the workforce and inspire more women to achieve leadership positions. She is from Buenos Aires but has lived in Houston, Rio de Janeiro, London and New York, and graduated with a dual bachelor's degree in political science and journalism from New York University.
Aris Iliopulos is an assistant vice president in the Latin America Sovereign and Financial Institutions Credit Risk team at Barclays in New York. In this capacity he structures and monitors trades and loans with counterparties across the region, and is responsible for assigning internal country risk grades. Previously, he was a country analyst in the Latin America team at The Economist Intelligence Unit, where he provided political and macroeconomic analysis and forecasts for Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Trinidad & Tobago. He holds a masters in public administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where he focused on International Finance and Economic Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) and Diplomatic History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Andres Mondino is an investment banking associate at Lazard in New York, covering financial institutions around the world. He began his professional career in New York, working at Mastercard for over five years across management consulting, corporate strategy, and business development roles. Outside his full-time role, Mondino helped launch Street FC, an on-demand pick-up soccer fitness company. Originally from Argentina, Andres helped spearhead the Masters Argentina 2022 conference in Chicago, featuring leading Argentine figures across business, politics, sport, and arts in a keynote event. He serves as chair and co-founder of the Young Professionals Council for the US Soccer Federation and is an advisor for the Over Under Initiative, a non-profit that aims to increase access to sport in urban areas across the United States. Mondino holds a bachelor of arts in history from Amherst College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Alvaro J. Muñiz is a project manager/business analyst for academic innovation and new ventures at George Mason University. In this role, he provides support and analysis for new high-impact growth strategies across the university. Prior to joining Mason, he worked at Ashoka supporting numerous domestic and international social entrepreneurship projects. He also served as a deputy chief of staff with the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners working on technology ecosystem initiatives along with policy research and strategy. While in Miami, he was a graduate of Leadership Miami’s 35th class. Alvaro holds a JD from Saint Louis University School of Law, a BA in Political Science from Providence College, and a Sports Impact Leadership Certificate from Johns Hopkins University.
Liz Nunez is a product strategist within the Active Equities Group at BlackRock, representing sector and thematic strategies. At BlackRock, Liz is part of the Somos Latinx Network (SLN) Operating Committee, the team who helped found BlackRock's first employee network for Latinx professionals, reaching more than 300 members today. An alum of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, Liz has a bachelor of science degree in finance from The Wharton School of Business and a bachelor of arts in international studies and Italian from The University of Pennsylvania. An avid enthusiast of music and theater, Liz studied vocal music and performing arts at LaGuardia Arts High School. Born in the Dominican Republic and growing up in New York City, Liz enjoys traveling to adventurous places, cooking, and reading magical realism literature. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian.
Monica Ramirez de Arellano is an M&A / Business Operations lead for Blockchain.com in Miami, focusing on international markets. She graduated with an MBA/MA from The Wharton School and The Lauder Institute in 2020 (Portuguese track). Previously, she was an attorney and banker in New York. She earned a JD from NYU School of Law, and an AB from Princeton University. Originally from Puerto Rico, she is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
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 government relations director 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.
Brett Perlmutter founded and leads Google’s efforts in Cuba. In that capacity, Perlmutter was the principal negotiator of the first ever internet-related deal between the U.S. and Cuba which placed infrastructure in Havana to make uncensored platforms like YouTube available for the Cuban public. He also negotiated and signed an agreement to interconnect Google and Cuba's networks. He originally spearheaded Google’s market entry into Cuba with Eric Schmidt and then championed Google's first connectivity initiative in the country at Havana’s Museo Orgánico Romerillo, which was the only location to offer free, high speed wifi in the country. Prior to the US amending its policy towards Cuba, Perlmutter led the effort to offer Google technology in the country which included the launch of Google Chrome, Google Play for Free Apps, Google Analytics, and Google Toolbar. Perlmutter started his career as a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s New York Office, where he advised CEOs and leaders across North and South America, Europe, and Asia in strategy and corporate finance. He has lectured to students and academics at the Harvard Kennedy School, the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Manchester. In 2016, Perlmutter was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List. A native of Colorado, he received an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and completed his BA (magna cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, the president of his class for 3 years, and the Spoonman–the top honor given to a male student upon graduation.
Michael Seitz is a member of BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship group. At BlackRock, his work involves global communications and policy surrounding key corporate governance issues, sustainable business practices, and external engagement. A native of Long Island, New York, Michael is also involved with the Corporate Leadership Board of SuitUp, an education-focused nonprofit, and JUST Capital’s JUSTGen professionals network. Michael is a proud graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, where he was recognized as a Meinig Family National Scholar for his exemplary campus leadership.
JC Torres (he/him) is an officer, Foundations and Trusts, Americas for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Prior to his current role, JC served as the development manager in IRC Tallahassee and IRC Miami. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, JC arrived with his family in Miami at a young age and went on to receive a master’s degree in management from Lipscomb University and a bachelor's in humanities & social sciences, with a double minor in criminal justice & sociology from Cumberland University, both in Tennessee. A fluent Spanish speaker, JC served as associate director of development for Conexion Americas, an organization dedicated to the development of Tennessee’s Latino community, which followed his work as the director of community giving for TECHO US, a youth-led non-profit working to overcome extreme poverty in Latin America. JC was also the executive director of Ride for Reading, an organization that promotes literacy and healthy living among children in low-income communities.
Andrés Varona is a business development manager at White & Case LLP, a leading global law firm. At White & Case, Andrés develops proposals and multilingual marketing materials for corporate (e.g. agriculture, aviation, construction, mining, oil & gas, renewables) and sovereign clients (e.g. ministries, multilaterals, SOEs) related to high-stakes, cross-border disputes. He also manages firm-organized and external events for White & Case’s Latin American Arbitration practice, and serves as the BD liaison for the Firm’s Business & Human Rights global interest group. Prior to joining White & Case, Andrés consulted for a number of agribusinesses, non-profits, and advisory firms doing work in and around the Western Hemisphere. Previously, he interned at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, where he supported the planning and logistics of the 42nd Annual Washington Conference on the Americas. Andrés earned both his BA and MA from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. A Native of Cali, Colombia, Andrés is fluent in English and Spanish. Having lived and studied in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, he also has a professional working proficiency in Portuguese.
Marvin Jay Wiley Jr is the Senior Programs Associate in the Washington DC office of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas. He also serves as the Washington, D.C. Chapter Ambassador of the Young Professionals of the Americas. Marvin manages programs that focus on the economic, political, and social ties between Latin America, United States and Asia. His interest in Latin America began while growing up in predominantly Latinx neighborhoods in Reading, Pennsylvania. After studying Japanese abroad in Kanagawa, Japan in high school, he decided to switch gears and study Spanish. After briefly studying abroad in Oviedo, Spain and graduating from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Marvin moved to Colombia where he worked as an English teacher for two years in Santiago de Cali. After working abroad, Marvin returned to the United States to teach high school Spanish for two years and later completed an internship with the Colombian National Planning Department in Bogota and AthenaLab, a Chilean think tank based in Santiago while in graduate school. He holds a masters in Latin American Studies with a concentration in Development and Political Economy from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. An enthusiastic dancer, Marvin attends various Latin dance events across the D.C. Area and appreciates discovering new music while spending time with family and close friends.
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The Argentine CEO spoke about his Davos Founders Games-winning platform and the opportunities for Latin America’s fintech ecosystem.
Hear from private and public sector leaders about the current business climate in the region, with a focus on innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.
Members of 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.
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
- Complimentary admission to select Americas Society’s culture programs
- Complimentary one-year subscription to Americas Quarterly
YPA Elite Member
Annual Contribution of $500 ($320 tax deductible)
Elite members are considered upper-level members of Americas Society (AS) and enjoy benefits of the Cultural Circle and YPA.
YPA Elite Benefits:
- All Standard YPA Member benefits
- Exclusive invitations to select YPA Steering Committee events and elite programs from the network
- Access with exclusive rates to intimate cocktail receptions, gallery tours, art fairs, and dinners
YPA Artist Member
A limited number of complimentary YPA memberships for both the New York and Miami chapters are given annually to artists and musicians. These members enjoy all of the below mentioned benefits as well as access to Americas Society concerts and gallery openings.
Our YPA Artist membership is competitive. We select applications based on high artistic achievement and our confidence that the candidate will contribute to the cultural life of our organization and YPA’s mission to promote greater appreciation of the Western Hemisphere’s cultural diversity.
As a YPA Artist member, you will have the following benefits:
- All Standard YPA Member benefits
- Access to intimate cocktail receptions, gallery tours, art fairs, and dinners exclusively for members of the Cultural Circle
Interested applicants, please send a CV/portfolio link and cover letter to Cara Caponi at firstname.lastname@example.org. The YPA Artist membership will be subject to renewal after a one-year term.
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:
- All Standard and Elite YPA Member benefits
- Invitation to Steering Committee-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
- Opportunity to give introductions at/cohost YPA events and represent the network at specific occasions
- Opportunity to develop YPA programs alongside the YPA internal committee
SC members enjoyed access to private high-level AS/COA programs, including:
- A talk with Pacific Alliance presidents, featuring Michelle Bachelet, Juan Manuel Santos, Eduardo Ferreyros, and Luis Videgaray Caso
- UNGA week events with Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís, Ecuadoran President Lenín Moreno, and Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela
- Americas Society Spring Party honoring President of Bridas Corporation Alejandro P. Bulgheroni and Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Asset Management Bruce Flatt
- The Americas Society Cultural Achievement Award honoring Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel
- Opera Favorites with the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón
- A dinner with former Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jorge Castañeda,
- Off-the-record lunch with exiled Venezuelan mayor David Smolansky
- Private meeting with Humberto de la Calle, chief peace negotiator and presidential candidate in Colombia
Learn more about the application process here.
*YPA memberships are individual and non-transferable. Memberships run for a 12-month period from the time of joining.
1. Continual branding and media exposure
- Company’s name and/or logo included in all promotional material related to the event (if permitted). This includes:
- Electronic invitations
- AS/COA’s webpage promoting the event (logo hyperlinked to company’s website)
- Folders distributed at the event (if available)
- Speaker badges (if applicable)
- Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn posts promoting the sponsored event (YPA's landing page is one of the most visited pages on AS/COA's website)
- Sponsor will be acknowledged in the introductory remarks of all events
- Sponsor will have the opportunity to include a piece of promotional material or a small banner at all events
2. Special registration rates and access
- Opportunity to host YPA event(s) at sponsors’ offices, if applicable
- Unlimited YPA Elite Membership benefits for all company’s employees
Want to sponsor YPA? Contact Pia Fuentealba at email@example.com for more information and rates.