Executive Staff

linda

Linda Eddleman, Chief Executive Officer – Linda Eddleman serves as the CEO of The Trust for the Americas. Ms Eddleman develops and implements the organization’s annual strategic plan and conducts fundraising activities with public and private sector donors. During her tenure at the Trust, the Trust expanded operations to 22 countries, built a diverse and high-profile board, and increased its budget five-fold. Prior to her work at the OAS, Ms. Eddleman served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Economic Affairs at the Western Hemisphere Bureau as well as a Special Negotiator at the State Department. Before joining the State Department, Ms. Eddleman was a Senior Trade Policy Advisor at the Treasury Department and before that a White House Fellow, serving as the special assistant to the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. She also established, and led on a volunteer basis, a mentoring program for children at the Hispanic Committee of Virginia Ms. Eddleman earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School where she served on the Law Review. She earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia and did post-graduate research with a Fulbright Scholarship in Barcelona, Spain. She is licensed to practice law in New York, D.C. and California and is fluent in English and Spanish.

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adrian

Adrian Naranjo, Chief Operating Officer – Adrian joined the Trust for the Americas in January, 2017. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland specializing in Business Planning & Strategy Development. Adrian has held various leadership positions in both private and non-profit organizations. . From 2010 to 2016, he was the Director of Operations for Avina Americas, where he worked to drive impactful initiatives to increase sustainable development and economic and social opportunities in the Americas by ensuring alignment among organizational strategic priorities, business goals and financial objectives. He also served as Manager of Operations & Marketing for the Center for Community Educational Excellence at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S and as Vice President of Operations and Strategy for the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO), a national education reform organization

In 2008, drawing on his extensive background in business and his ongoing work with nonprofit organizations, Adrian formed Avanti – a consulting firm dedicated to helping small business with strategic planning solutions in the fields of marketing, operations and financial management.

Adrian is an articulate communicator skilled in collaborating with Executive Management, Board of Directors, C-Suite level individuals and stakeholders. He possesses extensive international program management and operational experience while working with counterparts in Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

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marjorie

Marjorie Ucros, Financial Manager -Marjorie Ucros serves as the financial manager for the Trust funds. Her primary role is preparation and budget analysis and overall financial management, including account monitoring, audit supervision, liaise with OAS Administration, Federal Government grants and private donors contributions. She manages the financial aspects of multimillion dollar projects for the western hemisphere; international projects throughout Latin America, USA, Canada and the Caribbean. Prior to joining The Trust, Ms. Ucros was a financial analyst at the Finance department of the OAS. In addition, she served as a senior account executive in the private sector working with large banks, including United Bank of Switzerland, Citibank and Bank of America. She holds a dual degree in Business Administration and International Business Management from Florida International University. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

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marialiliana

Maria Liliana Mor, Director of Programs – As the Director of Programs at The Trust for the Americas, oversees the implementation of citizen security, governance, and economic opportunity programs in 17 countries of the western hemisphere. In addition, Maria Liliana leads an institutional effort, to adapt and include gender and accessibility perspectives to all projects, as well as measuring the “girl effect” through monitoring and evaluation strategies. Maria Liliana is an International development specialist and has 13 years of experience in consulting and project management on international development. She has worked for the Inter-American Development Bank, the Pan-America Health Organization and the World Bank and in the non-profit field. Her knowledge and experience in ICT for development focus on vulnerable communities, community-based development, humanitarian assistance and workforce development. (Colombia)

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angela

 

Angela Aguilera, Project Manager– Angela joined The Trust for The Americas in March 2017 as Project Manager of digital inclusion and innovative interventions in Latin America. She brings experience gained across a range of organizations and countries including Colombia (her home country), Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, Morocco and France. Angela has a background in Finance, International Relations and Project Management for social impact projects. Prior to joining the Trust for the Americas, Angela was the Executive Director and Grants and Alliances Manager at Fundación Proacceso in Mexico where she forged and maintained strategic alliances with public, private and multilateral organizations and implemented fundraising and partnerships strategy. Angela is an active learner, idealist, environmentalist and passionate for innovative ideas for a better world. Besides being a Spanish native speaker, she is fluent in English, Portuguese and French. (Colombia)

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mariafernanda

Maria Fernanda Sierra, Project Manager– Currently manages the implementation of the VIVE – Project, which seeks to increase the economic empowerment opportunities of 30,000 Mexican women, through training in retail and customer service skills.

Maria Fernanda holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and Chevening Scholar. She is also a Specialist in State, Public Policy and Development and Industrial Engineer from Los Andes University in Colombia. With more than 7 year experience in management and implementation of development projects in Latin America, in Colombia and Mexico. Worked as specialized professional for the planning bureau at Colombian Presidential Agency of International Cooperation (APC), where she advised projects for organizations such as the High Commissioner for Peace Office, the Colombian Institute for Childhood Welbeing (ICBF), UNICEF, International Organization for Migrations (IOM), the High Commissioner for Citizen Security and the National Ministry of Education – Colombia. (Colombia)

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rodrigo

Rodrigo Iriani, Project Manager – Rodrigo focuses on the implementation of Democracy and Governance initiatives for the Trust. Mr. Iriani has more than 6 years of experience in social and economic development, including federal grants management. Over the last two years he gained experience working with local organizations, governments and cooperation agencies across Latin America and the Caribbean in areas related to good governance, innovation, citizen security and open government. Previously he has worked on social and economic development for vulnerable

populations in Argentina. Rodrigo earned a B.A. in Political Sciences from Buenos Aires University (UBA), and also holds a Master’s degree in Project Management from the Global School of Project Management. (Argentina)

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javier

Javier Monterroso, Project Officer – a United World College and Ruta Quetzal Alumnus, holds a B.A. in Government and a Minor in Economics from Colby College, ME. From Guatemala, Javier has supported the implementation and development of public policy initiatives, democracy assessments, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, and has carried out extensive research on migration channels and social/labor reintegration. Past experiences include the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala, the Embassy of the Republic of Guatemala in France, INTERPEACE – United Nations International Peacebuilding Alliance, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), CLS Consulting, and is the founder of “The Migrant Peacebuilding Project.” Javier has lived in Guatemala, France, Hong Kong, and the USA. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French. (Guatemala)

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mariana

Mariana Oquendo, Operations Officer– Mariana has a background as a Political Scientist and International Relations specialist, she brings her experience from working as cultural and political affairs advisor for the Ambassadors of Egypt, Iraq and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in her hometown: Caracas, Venezuela. She has also worked in the private sector as a communications and public affairs officer at Statoil Venezuela. Mariana believes in teamwork and thrives in connecting people to help them reach their greater purposes. Mariana is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in the Public Relations and Corporate Communications program at Georgetown University. (Venezuela)

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alejandra

Alejandra Rojas Rodriguez, Financial Officer– Alejandra is an International banking and finance professional, born and raised in Cali, Colombia. Alejandra was awarded with the Erasmus Munde Scholarship to finish her studies in Madrid, Spain. She has focused her career in financial development for organizations and projects that can reciprocate in the society. Alejandra is passionate about music, traveling and getting to know different cultures and lifestyles. Alejandra is a hard-worker committed follows her dreams one day at a time. (Colombia)

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eduardo

Eduardo Villegas; Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer– Eduardo Villegas is a professional in the field of Ecology, has an environmental quality MSc. Eduardo has more than 13 years of work experience, specifically in restoration of urban and rural ecosystems and working closely with communities to find strategies for solving environmental and social issues. Great ability for team work and synergy. Eduardo has a plenty experience in collective work and identification of new opportunities for sustainability and territorial development. (Colombia)

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marisa

Maria Isabel Leon Gomez, Summer Intern (Marisa) Marisa has a B.A in Global Studies with an International Development concentration and a minor in French at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, USA. While in college, Marisa studied abroad for one year in Lyon, France, worked at Salve’s Regina Office of International Programs and did a thesis on the effects of drug trafficking on the socioeconomic development of Honduras. Afterwards, Marisa interned as Latin American Programs Assistant at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR). For the past two years, she has worked for The Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN), a social justice and human rights organization for Latin America in Chicago, as Communication Coordinator. Marisa has traveled in international human rights delegations to Honduras and Guatemala representing CRLN. (Honduras)

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