Global Americans has been following the Latin Americanists lining up to work in the Trump Administration. According to multiple sources, The Trump administration has named career diplomat Philip Goldberg to head the Cuban embassy and Todd D. Robinson to head the Venezuelan embassy in Caracas. While the decisions have not officially been announced, the nominations come at a time when tensions are high between the U.S. and the two countries.
Below you can read more about Goldberg and Robinson, as well as the other Latin Americanists who are in the Trump administration or are reputed to be in the queue—all listed in alphabetical order.
Alexander Acosta was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be Labor Secretary. Previously Acosta was the dean of Florida International University College of Law since 2009. A long-time Republican, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as a member of the National Labor Relations Board from 2002 to 2003. In 2003, he was selected to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. He was later appointed as federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida. Under this position, he prosecuted high-level defendants, such as Jack Abramoff for fraud, Jose Padilla for terrorism, Charles “Chuckie” Taylor Jr. for torture, and the founders of the Cali Cartel founders.
Mr. Acosta started his career as law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., who back then was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. After that, he was a lawyer for Kirkland & Ellis and taught at the George Mason School of Law.
Mr. Acosta is also the Chairman of U.S. Century Bank, a Hispanic community bank in Florida. The Hispanic Business Magazine has twice named him one of the 50 most influential Hispanics in the U.S.
Acosta earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Helen Aguirre Ferré
Helen Aguirre Ferré, originally from Miami, FL, was appointed special assistant to the president and director of media affairs of the White House in January 2017. In June 2016, during the presidential campaign, Aguirre Ferré was named Hispanics communications Director for the Republican National Committee. Before that, she served as senior adviser to Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. Most recently in an interview with the Spanish news agency EFE, Aguirre said that U.S. President Donald Trump believes that Cuba, “with all the things it has been given,” has not made any “concessions” within the process of normalization of bilateral relations. During the electoral campaign she was a harsh critic of Donald Trump and posted several tweets questioning the candidate. Many of those tweets have since been deleted. During an interview with Al Punto Florida, a show aired in Univision, she stated that she thought “there’s something that bothers him about strong and independent women.”
A seasoned journalist, Ms. Aguirre Ferré was a regular columnist to the Miami Herald and until 2015 she hosted a TV show called Issues with Helen Ferré on public television’s WPBT 2. She was also the host of Zona Política con Helen Aguirre a two-hour Spanish-language radio show in Univision America Radio. She has been a regular guest on PBS News Hour, CNN Headline News, NBC6 Miami, Newsmax, Univision and Telemundo networks, among others.
Ms. Aguirre serves in the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College. In 2016, she co-founded CODeLLA, an entrepreneurship/coding immersion program for middle school Hispanic girls in underserved communities.
Ms. Aguirre Ferré earned a B.A. in Political Science from Barry University in Miami Shores and an M.A. in Iter American Studies from the University of Miami, Coral Gables.
Originally from Miami, FL, Barsa served on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) transition team. He is the founder and principal of Barsa Strategies, a firm providing a full spectrum of consulting and lobbying services related to homeland and national security. In 2011, he ran for Virginia’s 44th district seat on the Republican Party ticket. He lost to Democrat Scott Surovell 39 percent to 58 percent.
Under the administration of President George W. Bush, Barsa was the first director of the Department of Homeland Security Public Liaison Office, where he worked with the Department’s Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff. Prior to working at DHS, Mr. Barsa served at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for Administrator Sean O’Keefe, re-establishing a permanent, formal industry-liaison function. Mr. Barsa arrived at NASA from the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) where he served as a senior lobbyist and manager for international relations. AIA represents the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aerospace products.
Previous to becoming a lobbyist for the AIA, Barsa worked for former Florida Republican Congressman, Lincoln Diaz-Balart. Mr. Barsa served his country for a decade as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. He spent seven of those years with the 11th Special Forces Group where he was a communications specialist. After his time with the Special Forces, Mr. Barsa served as a member of the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion, a Special Forces unit attached to the 82nd Airborne Division. He received his B.A. in International Relations from Florida International University (FIU).
On October 31, President Trump announced that he would nominate Robin Bernstein to be the Ambassador of the United States to the Dominican Republic. Bernstein is a close associate of President Trump—she is a founding member of the President’s Mar-A-Lago Club—and has no prior experience in the foreign service. The pick has come under fire for potential conflicts of interest because of the Trump Organization’s business interests in the country. Bernstein holds a B.A from American University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. She speaks basic Spanish.
Blau is a retired senior foreign service officer. He served as charge d’affairs in El Salvador from January 2009 until September 2010 under Ambassador Charles Glazer. Previous to that he was a senior diplomat at the then-U.S.-Interests Section in Havana and later the deputy director of the Cuba office at the State Department.
According to Foreign Policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was considering career diplomat William Brownfield to fill the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs post. But the rumor that he would be stepping down soon from his current post as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, was true. After 40 years in the Foreign Service Brownfield retired this year. Currently, Francisco Palmieri serves as Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Ambassador William Brownfield held the Rank of Career Ambassador, the highest Rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. In 2011, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, a position that without a doubt increases his chances of filling the post, given his extensive experience in dealing with illicit drugs, organized crime, law enforcement and rule of law.
Brownfield has also served as U.S. ambassador to Chile, Venezuela and Colombia and as Political Advisor to U.S. Southern Command. Known for his humorous style and big personality (what could be described as diplomacy by disarming goofiness), Brownfield is a seasoned diplomat and has served in some of the most difficult posts in the hemisphere and done so ably.
The Ambassador has received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Performance Award three times. Ambassador Brownfield is a graduate of Cornell University and the National War College. He also attended the University of Texas School of Law and speaks Spanish and French.
Leah Campos is currently a senior advisor for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Before being a senior advisor, she worked as a staff member for the Committee and Staff Director for the Western Hemisphere subcommittee. In 2012, she unsuccessfully ran for office, campaigning in the Republican primary to represent the 9th district of Arizona in the House of Representatives. Her main campaign promises were to limit public expenditure, increase national security and defense, repeal Obamacare, secure the border and limit immigration, and ban abortions.
Before joining politics, she worked at the Central Intelligence Agency for 14 years as an operations officer of the National Clandestine Service in Western Europe and Latin America. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in political science and government and a Master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
José Cárdenas, born and raised in Washington D.C., is a registered lobbyist working for the consulting firm Visión Américas LLC. Cárdenas has served as Chief of Staff, Senior Advisor, and speechwriter for the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. At the National Security Council, Cárdenas participated in drafting two presidential speeches on the Western Hemisphere and was a member of a team that planned George W. Bush’s 2007 trip to Latin America. Under the George W. Bush administration, Cárdenas was deputy assistant administrator for Latin America at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He has also served as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (2003), and as a Senior Professional Staff Member of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (2002). He began his career advocating for a free and democratic Cuba for the Cuban American National Foundation, beginning as a staff assistant and later becoming the group’s Washington Director.
As a lobbyist for Visión Américas LLC, Cárdenas has represented Pakistani security firm Kestral, which was allegedly facilitating the secret operational presence of the Blackwater security firm in Pakistan. Cárdenas has also represented the Honduran textile manufacturers’ association that supported the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti after the 2009 coup d’etat against left-leaning Honduran president Manuel Zelaya.
In February 28, 2017, he submitted a written testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere titled “Issues and Opportunities in the Western Hemisphere.”
Besides working as a lobbyist, Cárdenas is a political commentator, writing opinion pieces for outlets like Foreign Policy‘s Shadow Government, NPR, Washington Times, and FOX News. Cárdenas focuses on issues concerning Latin America, such as the Venezuelan crisis, Colombia’s peace process, U.S. relations with the region, and more specifically, with Cuba.
Mauricio Claver-Carone was born in Florida and raised in Madrid, Spain. He was named as part of Trump’s Treasury landing team, and is now an advisor to the Treasury Department.
Mr. Claver-Carone is a co-founder and director of the U.S. Cuba Democracy Political Action Committee (USCD PAC), one of the most active pro-embargo groups in Washington. The group’s objective is to raise funds to support congressmen and women that oppose economic measures that directly or indirectly finance the Cuban government, and, that are committed to supporting legislation seeking to strengthen support for Cuba’s opposition. According to the Federal Electoral Commission records, the USCD PAC (Committee ID: C00387720) spent around $680,000 in the most recent elections, and donated to the campaigns of Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Carlos Curbelo, and Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In 2006, a watchdog group alleged that USCD PAC broke Federal Election Commission regulations by having illegal links to a nonprofit group and receiving money from foreign nationals. However, the FEC did not find evidence that USCD PAC had violated any regulations.
He is also the executive director of Cuba Democracy Advocates in Washington, D.C., a non-partisan organization with the stated objective of promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Cuba.
Claver-Carone is also the Editor of Capitol Hill Cubans, a blog on U.S. policy towards Cuba, and has served as host of the foreign policy show “From Washington Al Mundo” on Sirius-XM’s Channel 153. His writings have been featured in several publications including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Hill, The Huffington Post, The Georgetown Journal of International Law, and the Yale Journal of International Affairs. He has been a harsh critic of Obama’s normalization policy and stated that it has worsened the situation by arguing that political arrests have intensified; Cuban migration to the U.S. has increased; internet connectivity has declined; and there are less self-employed people on the island.
He has provided expert testimony before the U.S. House of Representative’s Committees on Foreign Affairs, the Judiciary and Natural Resources. In March 2016 he testified before the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives on how Obama’s changes on trade policy towards Cuba have actually provided more cash in advance to the regime while actually decreasing the agricultural exports from the United States.
As an attorney, he served with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and he was a full-time faculty member of Catholic University of America’s School of Law and an adjunct faculty member at the National Law Center at George Washington University.
Claver-Carone earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College, JD from Catholic University of America and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center.
Juan Cruz was recently appointed to be NSC director for Western Hemisphere. He has been a foreign service officer since July 1986 according to LinkedIn. He received a Bachelor’s from Georgetown University and a Master’s from The John Hopkins University- Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Dr. Craig Deare
In February 17, Mr. Craig Deare was dismissed from his new position as the Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council (NSC). Nevertheless, this is what we know about the dearly departed Dr. Deare. A professor, Dr. Deare has served on the faculty at the National Defense University since January, 2001 and is currently the Dean of Administration at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA). He joined CISA in March 2010, after more than nine years at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS). At the CHDS, Dr. Deare was the Dean of Academic Affairs from 2004 to 2007.
Dr. Deare served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, with a variety of assignments specializing in military intelligence and Latin America foreign area officer. He retired from the army as a Lieutenant Colonel and is an expert on Mexico. Dr. Deare won an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellowship, and served as a Legislative Assistant for National Security Affairs for Florida Senator Bob Graham (D). Following his tour on Capitol Hill, he spent time as a Congressional Liaison Officer in the Army’s Office of Legislative Liaison and as the Chief of the Plans and Operations Branch of the Programs Division.
Dr. Deare has published in a number of academic and policy focused journals. His publications include: “Security Implications of Drug Legalization in the U.S. and Mexico,” in The State and Security in Mexico: Transformation and Crisis in Regional Perspective “Strategic Forum, Number 243; “Relaciones de defensa Mexico-Estados Unidos” in Atlas de la Seguridad y la Defensa de Mexico 2009; “Improving U.S. Defense Structure for the Western Hemisphere” in Joint Forces Quarterly; and “La militarización en América Latina y el papel de Estados Unidos” in Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica. He also has a forthcoming book, due out in March 2017, on U.S.-Mexico relations.
Dr. Deare received his B.A. in Political Science and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in International Relations and International Economics from the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps University’s Command and General Staff College.
Carlos E. Diaz-Rosillo
Carlos E. Diaz-Rosillo, originally from Miami, FL, is serving as the Director of Policy and Interagency Coordination in the Office of the Senior Advisor to the President for Policy. This isn’t the first time Diaz-Rosillo has worked with the Trump team, he has served on Trump’s transition team as an “Executive Authority Advisor.” Previous to his new role, Diaz-Rosillo was a government lecturer and Dunster House resident dean at Harvard University and former visiting professor at Florida International University. Diaz-Rosillo has reportedly been a faculty member at Harvard for over eight years. His research focuses on the American presidency and examines the different instruments of power that chief executives have at their disposal to affect policy. Diaz-Rosillo was also on the executive board of the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s International ADR Research Network. He holds undergraduate degrees in international relations (BA) and civil engineering (BSCE) from Tufts University, as well as a masters in public policy, and a PhD in government from Harvard University.
Dr. Richard Downie
Richard Downie has served as Director of Global Security and Innovative Strategies (GSIS), has been a Principal at Delphi Strategic Consulting since June 2013. He served as the director of the Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies from March 2004 to March 2013.
Dr. Downie has over 35 years of experience leading military, civilian government and private sector organizations. As Director (SES-3 level), he led courses, seminars and conferences, as well as security dialogues and strategy workshops for ministries of defense and cabinet-level national leaders. He has held a wide variety of command and staff positions as an Infantryman and a Foreign Area Officer specializing in Latin America. Dr. Downie served in Germany; Colombia, where he completed the LANCERO (International Ranger) School as the distinguished graduate; U.S. Army South in Panama; the United States Southern Command; the U.S. Joint Staff; the Multinational Specialized Unit in Bosnia; and in Mexico as the Defense and Army Attaché. He was also the first commander of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
In the private sector, he has served as strategist and business developer for defense and security programs and is a frequent commentator and analyst on international affairs for both English and Spanish language media outlets. Dr. Downie authored the book, Learning from Conflict: The U.S. Military in Vietnam, El Salvador and the Drug War (Greenwood Press) in 1998 and has written numerous scholarly articles. He has a variety of U.S. military, as well as foreign awards presented by the governments of Colombia, Peru and Mexico.
He has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and a M.A and Ph.D. in International Relations from University of Southern California.
The United States Ambassador to Panama, John Feely, a nominee of President Obama and a career diplomat who also worked under Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, stepped down from his post on January 12. Ambassador Feely cited the policies of the Trump administration in his resignation letter, saying he could no longer “serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical fashion.” Prior to serving in the foreign service, Ambassador Feely served in the Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot.
Originally from Greenwich, CT, Ambassador Glazer served as a non-career Ambassador to El Salvador from 2006 to 2009 under the administration of George W. Bush. Prior to that Ambassador Glazer was President and Chief Executive Officer of C. L. Glazer & Company, Inc. a brokerage and investment banking firm in Greenwich, Connecticut that he founded in 1981. Before establishing C. L. Glazer & Company, Mr. Glazer was a Senior Vice President and Director of Jefferies & Company and served as Senior Vice President of Blyth Eastman Dillion & Co., Inc., an investment bank and institutional brokerage firm in New York City.
Mr. Glazer served his country as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967 and was attached to the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion in Seoul, South Korea. Ambassador Glazer received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Virginia and has served on a number of boards.
According to Reuters, three sources familiar with the matter have said the Trump administration has named career diplomat Philip Goldberg to head the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba. Goldberg was most recently the United States Ambassador to the Philippines from December 2013 to November 2016. From June 2010 to 2013 Goldberg was the Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research.
Goldberg has served as Ambassador to Bolivia from 2006 to 2008, where on September 11, 2008 President Evo Morales expelled him from the country accusing him of spying on Bolivian nationals and fomenting civil unrest. The accusations against Goldberg came after he met with then governor of Bolivia’s richest province, Santa Cruz, which wanted autonomy and had threatened secession from Bolivia. This incident could potentially cause tension in Havana, as the two countries have been longstanding allies.
He has also served as Chief of Mission in Pristina from 2004 to 2006, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile from 2001 to 2002. From 1996 to 1998 Goldberg served as a Special Assistant and then from 1998 to 2000 as an Executive Assistant to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott. And from 1994 to 1996 he was the Department’s Bosnia Desk Officer.
Goldberg earned his B.A. from Boston University and speaks fluent Spanish.
General John F. Kelly
A Trump official with extensive Latin American views just got closer to the POTUS. On July 31, General John Francis Kelly succeeded Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff. Though General Kelly’s background in Latin America is unlikely to have influenced President Trump’s decision to appoint him as chief of staff, the president’s innermost circle now contains someone with significant experience in the region.
Having earned a masters in National Security Studies from Georgetown, General Kelly has a long history of work in the region during his 30 plus year career in the U.S. Marine Corps.
In 2012, President Obama appointed General Kelly as Commander of the United States Southern Command. During his tenure, General Kelly was noted for his opposition to President Obama’s desire to close Guantanamo and his conservative stance on the border with Mexico. In private, General Kelly embraced the Obama-era changes to Cuba, and in a 2013 terrorism report, SOUTHCOM Commander Kelly downplayed concerns about the Iranian influence writing “the Iranian regime has increased its diplomatic and economic outreach across the region with nations like Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina [but] the outreach has only been marginally successful… and the region as a whole has not been receptive to Iranian efforts.” Lately, though, his concerns have increased.
On other issues, General Kelly has struck a more moderate tone. He often frames issues of drug flows over the Mexican border in terms of the impact on Central American societies. And he has spoken about how declining U.S. influence in the region has left a gap that countries like Russia and China are eager to fill.
Joseph E. Macmanus
Career diplomat Joseph E. Macmanus appears to be Donald Trump’s top pick for Ambassador to Colombia. Macmanus has been serving as the Executive Secretary of the State department since 2014, and prior to that was the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Office in Vienna and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Holding the rank of Minister Counselor, Macmanus has served as the Executive Assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and from June 2008 to January 2009, in the same capacity, under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. From April 2011 to May 2012, Macmanus was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, managing an office responsible for the Department’s day-to-day relationship with Congress.
Macmanus entered the Foreign Service in 1986 as a Public Diplomacy Officer at the United States Information Agency, and until 2003 served in various positions in Mexico, El Salvador, Poland, and Belgium.
Macmanus received a B.A. in English from the University of Norte Dame and a Masters in Information Science from the State University of New York. If confirmed by the Senate he will replace Ambassador Kevin Whitaker.
Caleb McCarry was born in Plainfield, Massachusetts and is being considered for Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Mr. McCarry is currently a senior professional staff member for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Before being an advisor, he was the director of communications at Creative Associates International, a global development company working to provide “on-the-ground development services to deliver sustainable solutions to global challenges.” In 2005, Caleb McCarry was announced as the Cuba Transition Coordinator during the George W. Bush administration.
McCarry has spent nearly a decade working on Latin American issues on Capitol Hill, including eight years on the Republican staff as both a staff member and subcommittee staff director of the House International Relations Committee. McCarry graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1983 with a degree in Spanish Literature.
M. Lee McClenny
M. Lee McClenny is being considered for Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Paraguay. Since 2014, McClenny has been the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, McClenny began his public service with the U.S. Information Agency in 1986. He has previously served overseas as Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to that, McClenny was the Principal Officer in Montreal, Canada and has previously held overseas assignments in Manila, London, Guatemala City, Belgrade, and Ottawa. McClenny has also been assigned to U.S. Department of State roles at the National Security Council; Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London; and at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels. He received a B.A. from the University of Washington, and speaks Spanish, French, and some Serbo-Croatian and Russian.
Sergio de la Peña
Sergio de la Peña has been named the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere. He has led the de la Peña Consulting, LLC, since June, 2011. Before that, he spent two years at L-3. MPRI, a global provider of private military contractor services, and served as Division Chief of the US Northern Command, according to his Linkedin.
He served as a Trump surrogate during the campaign, reaching out to the Latino community and has said “Trump is not anti-Latino, he is anti-illegal immigration. “You’ll be surprised that there will be a lot of Latinos voting for Trump because of his economic message.”
He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa and a Master of Military Art and Science (MMAS) at US Army Command and General Staff College.
Jon B. Perdue
Originally from Thomaston, Georgia, Jon B. Perdue has been named Special Assistant to the Treasury Department. Perdue is a researcher and analyst on issues of international terrorism, human rights, strategic communication, and peripheral asymmetric warfare. He is a senior fellow for strategic research at the Center for a Secure and Free Society, a think tank focused on pursuing a prosperous society based on the shared values of limited government, free enterprise, and strong national security. Previous to that, Perdue has served as Director of Latin American Programs at The Fund for American Studies in Washington D.C. According to his twitter bio, he was also the Director of Fundación Libertad Puerto Rico.
The author of the “War of All the People: The Nexus of Latin American Radicalism and Middle Eastern Terrorism” and contributor to “Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America,” Jon Perdue argues that there is a Venezuelan and Iranian partnership focused on destroying the established order in the developed world (the United States). In one of his articles, co-authored with Otto Reich and published on Breitbart, Perdue again wrote about a Venezuelan-Iranian alliance founded on terrorizing the United States. Many of his allegations were never confirmed by independent sources.
In 2015, Perdue was featured on CNBC’s reality series “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor” for his invention, the Packbow, a bow and arrow that doubles as a compass, tent pole, walking stick, spear fishing rig, and water purification tablet receptacle. According to the website, the Packbow is “the ultimate survival bow created by an expert in guerrilla warfare.” You can order it here: http://packbow.com
Jon Perdue attended the Senior Military College, University of North Georgia, where he received a degree in Finance, and has served in Georgia’s Army National Guard.
Celina Realuyo is a professor of practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University and an adjunct professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University,
From 2002 to 2006, Realuyo served as the Director of Counterterrorism Finance Programs in the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism in Washington, D.C. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, she returned to government, where she managed a multimillion dollar foreign assistance program aimed at safeguarding financial systems against terrorist financing. Under her stewardship, the U.S. delivered training and technical assistance to over 20 countries (including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia), training over 1,800 foreign counterparts, and her team received an “A-” from the 9/11 Commission for their efforts to combat terrorist financing in 2005.
Prior to returning to Washington, Celina was a private banker in London with Goldman Sachs International providing strategic wealth advisory services to the most prominent families in Europe. Previously, she had a distinguished career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer serving in Madrid, Panama, and the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels. In Washington, Celina served at the highest levels of government, in the State Department Operations Center, National Security Council’s White House Situation Room, and as Special Assistant to the Secretary of State.
Celina is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and Certificate from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France.
Todd D. Robinson
According to Florida Republican, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the U.S. State Department plans to appoint career diplomat, Todd. D. Robinson as the Chargé d’Affaires to the embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. Robinson was the former U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala. The decision comes at a critical time for U.S. relations with Venezuela, as the Trump administration has sanctioned dozens of Venezuelans, including President Nicolas Maduro.
For the last three years Robinson has served as the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala, where he earned a reputation for being tough on corruption. Robinson has been a vocal supporter of the UN backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala that has been an effective tool to fight corruption in the country. Prior to his post as ambassador, Robinson served as Deputy Assistant in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala.
Prior to that, Robinson was Consul General and Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Barcelona, Spain and Chief of the Political and Economic Section in the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania. Robinson’s other postings include the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Vatican City, Italy, El Salvador and Colombia. He was also a Special Assistant to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Robinson was a professional journalist before joining the foreign service. He graduated from the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 1985.
Yleem Poblete Sarmiento
Originally from Miami, Florida, Dr. Poblete has been nominated as Assistant Secretary of State, Verification and Compliance. While she currently serves as a senior advisor at the Department of State, Poblete has already worked with Trump as a member of the National Security Council landing team.
In 2013, she co-founded the Poblete Analysis Group with her husband, Jason Poblete. Dr. Poblete is also a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies and guest lecturer at private and public academic institutions.
For almost two decades she worked for the U.S. House of Representatives under different roles. From 2011 to 2013 she was Chief of Staff and Staff Director of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, under Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Republican from Florida). Previous to that, she served as Minority Staff Director of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Staff Director, Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia; Staff Director and, previously, Deputy Staff Director/Professional Staff, Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights. She also served on the professional staff of the Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade and the staff of the Subcommittee on Africa, as well as the Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Inter-American Terrorism Task Force.
During her time at the Foreign Affairs Committee, Mrs. Poblete worked on legislation to impose sanctions to Iran and Syria, halt U.S. funds to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from contributing to the provision of IAEA technical assistance to Iran, Syria, and North Korea and hold accountable UN peacekeepers involved in sexual assault. In 1996, she also worked on the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act (also known as the Helms–Burton Act), that strengthened the U.S. embargo to Cuba.
She has published pieces in The Hill, Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, National Interest, and Washington Times, among others. She has written about U.S.-Cuban relations, the influence of Iran in Latin America, and the need to impose sanctions on Venezuela. She is a firm believer in the theory that terrorist groups are infiltrating Latin America to target the United States.
Dr. Poblete earned a Ph.D. in World Politics/International Relations from Catholic University of America with dual regional concentrations in the Middle East and Western Hemisphere; a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Miami; and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from St. Thomas University.
Ana Rosa Quintana
According to sources, Ana Rosa Quintana is reportedly seeking a position as the special advisor in the Latin American Caribbean Bureau at USAID focused on closed countries. That would give her a direct role in the programs for Cuba, Ecuador and Venezuela and a voice in the White House’s inter-policy council for those countries. Within USAID, though, her role would be limited until there was a full staff of political appointees, including at the top Mark Green.
Ms Quitana was born and raised in Miami. Since 2013 she has headed the Heritage Foundation’s work on U.S. policy toward Latin America at the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies. She concentrates largely on issues of security cooperation, democratic governance and economic freedom. Quintana has authored policy studies concerning Cuba, Venezuela and Central America and her articles regarding Latin America affairs have appeared in The National Interest, The Federalist, and Diario de las Americas, among others.
Quintana holds a Master of Arts degree in global security studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both from Florida International University. She also received certificates in National Security, Latin American and Caribbean studies.
Before joining Heritage in 2013, she was a student trainee at the Defense Intelligence Agency. She also held internships at Virginia-based International Relief and Development, where she worked on rule of law issues in Latin America, and at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Mercedes “Mercy” Viana Schlapp
Originally from Miami, FL, Viana Schlapp is the co-founder of Cove Strategies, a government and public affairs firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. Previously, she was the Director of Specialty Media for President George W. Bush, heading up President Bush’s Hispanic media operations after working on the president’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns.
She has been a columnist for The Washington Times and was a contributor to U.S. News and World Report. She also has written for FOXNews.com, The Daily Caller and The Hill on a variety of topics including immigration, Hispanic and women issues as well as on foreign and domestic policies. She provides political commentary for Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español and national Spanish radio. Viana Schlapp received a B.A. from Florida International University (FIU) and a M.A. from George Washington University.
On October 26, President Trump announced the nomination of Carlos Trujillo as the United States Ambassador to the Organization of American States. A Republican, Trujillo has served in the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 105th district (Tallahassee) since 2010. Trujillo is an attorney, and has previously served as Assistant State Attorney from 2007 to 2011. He holds a B.S. from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and a J.D. from Florida State.
Krishna R. Urs
On Wednesday, October 25 Krishna R. Urs officially began serving as the United States Ambassador to Peru. Having worked in the U.S. Foreign Service for the last 31 years, Ambassador Urs’ was confirmed by the Senate in August. Prior to his current position, Ambassador Urs worked for the State Department in various capacities, including in the staff at the embassies in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, and Mexico. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Spain from 2014 to 2017. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a masters in economics from the University of Texas.
Major General Ricky L. Waddell, PhD
It looked for a few weeks like the White House had appointed a replacement to Dr. Craig Deare, the short-lived former Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council (NSC). But according to a May 8, 2017 story, Waddell’s appointment may have become a victim of a battle between NSC Director McMaster and the White House. According to the Bloomberg article, by Eli Lake, McMaster had “failed to seek approval for that pick [Waddell]. Nevertheless, now it looks like Dr. Waddell may have gotten a promotion, to be the deputy director of the NSC, as reported by an updated Bloomberg story.
Dr. Waddell has worked at the National Defense University (NDU), has served in the U.S. armed forces and has a PhD; according to his biography on the NDU website, Dr. Waddell received his doctorate in international relations from Columbia University after graduate degrees from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and from Webster University.
In his time in the armed service, Dr. Waddell rose to the level of major general. His most recent experience as an active duty officer has been as the commander of the 76th Operation Response Command 17 October 2015. The 76th includes two Chemical Brigades (including 8 Chemical Battalions and 29 Chemical Companies), a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) response Task Force, 13 Army Reserve Elements (ARE) supporting most Combatant Commands and DoD Agencies, and Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers for all 50 States and 3 territories and all 10 FEMA Regions.
Dr. Waddell has extensive experience in the hemisphere as a civilian. In his civilian career, MG Waddell spent 17 years working in South America, living twelve of those years in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Among other positions, he was the Managing Director for South America for BG Group responsible for oil and gas fields, transport pipelines, and 2.7 million utility customers. His team discovered more than 5 billion barrel equivalents of oil. He was also CEO of Anglo Ferrous Brazil which was building the largest integrated mining project in the world. Most recently, as a DOD civilian, he ran the Keystone, Capstone, and Pinnacle programs at the National Defense University.
Note: A previous version included Major General Ricky L. Waddell, PhD who was to fill the Senior Director position for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council (NSC), but is no longer under consideration. In an earlier version, Elliott Abrams, who was being considered for Deputy Secretary of State, is no longer under consideration. Moreover, a previous version, also included Otto Reich and Carl Meacham, but both Ambassador Reich and Meacham have publicly and privately stated that they are not interested in serving in the Trump administration.
John J. Sullivan
Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump administration is considering John J. Sullivan as Deputy Secretary of State under Secretary Rex Tillerson. Mr. Sullivan was previously being considered to be the Pentagon’s general counsel, but is now supposedly in line for the post that Elliot Abrams was once tapped for. While he has served in a variety of positions related to national security, Mr. Sullivan has had some dealings related to Latin America, and Cuba in particular. In his time at the DC offices of the law firm Mayer Brown, where he is a partner, Mr. Brown has advised ”a professional services firm on entering the Cuban market in the wake of the [Obama-era] changes in the US embargo.”
Mr. Brown has held senior positions at the Justice Department during George H. W. Bush’s administration, and at the Defense, and Commerce Departments during George W. Bush’s presidency. In 2007, he was nominated and confirmed by the Senate as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce.
Mr. Sullivan joined Mayer Brown in 1993 where he is the co-chair of the firm’s National Security practice and specializes in the intersection of global trade and investment and US national security and foreign policies. He advised different companies, such as oil and gas, consulting, accounting and financial services firms, and has represented private sector clients before the U.S. and foreign governments. He has also advised a consulting company regarding its compliance with U.S. sanctions in their Russian operations, and helped a chemical company re-establish commercial operations in Iran.
Mr. Sullivan graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1985 and has a BA in history and political science from Brown University.
Global Americans analizó al grupo de expertos en América Latina trabajando en el equipo de transición de Trump y quienes están siendo considerados para puestos en la administración.
Alexander Acosta, que fue nombrado el 16 de febrero de 2017 por el Presidente Donald Trump para ser Secretario de Trabajo, ha sido el decano de la Facultad de Leyes de Florida International University desde 2009. Un republicano de larga data, Acosta fue nombrado por el Presidente George W. Bush como miembro del Consejo Nacional the Relaciones Laborales de 2002 a 2003. En 2003 fue elegido para servir como Fiscal General Asistente de Derechos Civiles. Más adelante fue nombrado fiscal federal para el Distrito Sur de Florida. Bajo esta cargo, procesó a acusados de alto nivel, tales como Jack Abramoff por fraude, Jose Padilla por terrorismo, Charles “Chuckie” Taylor Jr. por tortura, y a los fundadores del Cartel de Cali.
El Sr. Acosta comenzó su carrera como asistente legal para el Juez Samuel A. Alito, Jr., quien en ese entonces era juez de la Corte de Apelaciones del Tercer Circuito. Luego, fue abogado para Kirkland & Ellis y enseño en George Mason School of Law.
El Sr. Acosta también es el Presidente deU.S. Century Bank, un banco comunitario hispano en Florida. La revista Hispanic Business lo ha nombrado dos veces como uno de los 50 hispanos más influyentes en Estados Unidos.
Acosta obtuvo su título de grado de Harvard College y un J.D. de Harvard Law School.
Helen Aguirre Ferré
Helen Aguirre Ferré, originaria de Miami, FL, ha sido nombrada recientemente como asistente especial para el presidente y directora de asuntos mediáticos de la Casa Blanca. En junio de 2016, durante la campaña presidencial, Aguirre Ferré fue nombrada como directora de comunicación hispana para la Convención Nacional Republicana. Previo a ello, trabajó como asesora senior para la campaña presidencial de Jeb Bush. Más recientemente, en una entrevista para la agencia de noticias española EFE, Aguirre dijo que el Presidente Donald Trump cree que “Cuba no ofreció ninguna concesión, con todo lo que se le ha regalado en lo que ha sido la normalización y el restablecimiento de acuerdos y el trato diplomático”.
Durante la campaña electoral criticó duramente a Donald Trump y publicó una serie de tweets cuestionando al candidato. Muchos de esos tweets fueron borrados desde entonces. Durante una entrevista con Al Punto Florida, un show de Univisión, aseguró que pensaba que a Donald Trump “le incomoda la mujer fuerte e independiente”
Una periodista de larga data, la Sra. Aguirre Ferré fue una columnista regular para el Miami Herald y hasta el 2015 fue presentadora de un show de TV llamado Issues with Helen Ferré en la televisión pública WPBT 2. También fue anfitriona de Zona Política con Helen Aguirre, un programa de radio de dos horas en español de Univision America Radio. Ha sido invitada en shows como PBS News Hour, CNN Headline News, NBC6 Miami, Newsmax, Univision y Telemundo.
La Sra. Aguirre es miembro del Consejo de Administración de Miami Dade College. En 2016, co-fundó CODeLLA, un un programa de inmersión en emprendedurismo y programación para jóvenes hispanas de secundario de comunidades de bajos recursos.
La Sra. Aguirre Ferré obtuvo su B.A. en Ciencia Política de Barry University in Miami Shores y su M.A. sobre Estudios inter-Americanos de la University of Miami, Coral Gables.
Originario de Miami, FL, Barsa ha trabajado en el equipo de transición del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (Department of Homeland Security – DHS). Es el fundador de Barsa Strategies, una firma que provee una variedad de servicios de consultoría y cabildeo relacionados a seguridad nacional. En 2011, fue candidato republicano para la Cámara de Delegados de Virginia, por el 44º asiento electoral. Perdió contra el demócrata Surovell 39% a 58%.
Bajo la administración del Presidente George W. Bush, Barsa fue el primer director de la oficina de Enlace Público del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS), donde trabajó con los Secretarios Tom Ridge y Michael Chertoff. Antes de DHS, Barsa trabajó en la Administración Nacional de Aeronáutica y Espacio (NASA), bajo el Administrador Sean O’Keefe, reestableciendo un enlace permanente y formal con industrias. Barsa llegó a la NASA desde la Asociación de Industrias Aeroespaciales (AIA), donde realizó tareas de cabildeo y fue gerente de relaciones internacionales. AIA representa a los principales productores y proveedores de productos aeroespaciales civiles, militares, y comerciales.
Antes de ser lobbista del AIA, Barsa trabajó para el Legislador Republicano de Florida, Lincoln Diaz-Balart. Barsa prestó servicio en la reserva del Ejército de EE.UU. durante una década. Pasó siete de esos diez años el 11º Grupo de Fuerzas Especiales donde era especialista de comunicaciones. Luego de este tiempo con las Fuerza Especiales, Barsa fue miembro del Batallón 450º de Asuntos Civiles, una unidad de Fuerzas Especiales adjunta a la 82º División Aérea. Recibió una Licenciatura en Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad Internacional de Florida (FIU).
Blau es un alto oficial retirado del servicio exterior. Trabajó como charge d’affairs en El Salvador desde enero 2009 hasta septiembre 2010, bajo el Embajador Charles Glazer. Previo a eso, fue diplomático senior en la entonces Sección de Intereses de EE.UU. en La Habana y, luego, subdirector de la oficina de Cuba en el Departamento de Estado.
El Embajador William Brownfield, un funcionario de carrera del servicio exterior, es actualmente el Subsecratario de Narcóticos y Orden Público, pero anteriormente trabajó casi exclusivamente en América Latina en el Departamento de Estado. Fue Embajador en Colombia (2007-2010), Venezuela (2004-2007) y Chile (2002-2004), así como asesor político temporal frente al Comando Sur de Estados Unidos en Panamá. Ha sido nombrado como funcionario en Venezuela, Argentina, Suiza y El Salvador. Mientras fue Embajador en Venezuela, heredó una enconada relación con el entonces Presidente Chávez, y, durante su tiempo allí, Chávez amenazó con expulsarlo en numerosas ocasiones a raíz de comentarios hechos por Brownfield. No obstante, Brownfield nunca fue nombrado persona non grata. En cambio, Brownfield eligió enfocarse en aspectos positivos, implementando una estrategia de“diplomacia de baseball”y humor en comunidades pobres pro-Chávez para contrarrestar las constantes intimidaciones del presidente Venezolano.
Recientemente ha visitados las Filipinas en su posición actual como Subsecretario, con el objetivo de construir instituciones y promover el estado de derecho, y repitió su posición de que una guerra contra las drogas no puede ser ganada “arrestando nuestro camino fuera de ella”.
Leah Campos Schandlbauer
Leah Campos Schandlbauer es actualmente asesora senior en el Comité de Asuntos Internacionales de la Cámara de Representantes. Antes de esto, trabajó como miembro del equipo del Comité y como Directora de Staff del subcomité de Asuntos Occidentales. En 2012, fue candidata, sin éxito, en la primaria republican para representar el 9no distrito de Arizona en la Cámara de Representantes. Sus principales promesas de campaña fueron limitar el gasto público, incrementar la seguridad nacional y la defensa, derogar Obamacare, asegurar la frontera y limitar la inmigración, y prohibir el aborto.
Antes de entrar en política, trabajo para la Agencia Central de Inteligencia (CIA) por 14 años en el área de operaciones del Servicio Nacional Clandestino, en Europa Occidental y América Latina. Tiene una Licenciatura en ciencia política y gobierno de la Universidad Estatal de Arizona y una Maestría en asuntos públicos e internacionales de la Universidad de Pittsburgh.
José Cárdenas, nacido y criado en Washington D.C., es un cabildero (lobbyist) registrado, que trabaja para la consultora Visión Américas LLC. Cárdenas fue Jefe de Personal, Asesor senior, y redactor de discursos para el Subsecretario de Estado para Asuntos del Hemisferio Occidental. En el Consejo de Seguridad Nacional, Cárdenas participó en la formulación de dos discursos presidenciales sobre el Hemisferio Occidental y fue parte del equipo que planeó en 2007 el viaje de George W. Bush a América Latina. Bajo la administración de George W. Bush, Cárdenas fue administrador adjunto para América Latina en la Agencia Internacional de Desarrollo de Estados Unidos (USAID). También fue Asesor Senior para el Secretario General de la Organización de Estados Americanos (2003), y Profesional Senior del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado (2002). Empezó su carrera promoviendo una Cuba libre y democrática para la Fundación Nacional Cubano-Americana, comenzando como asistente, para luego llegar a ser Director en Washington del grupo.
Como cabildero para Visión Américas LLC, Cárdenas representó la firma pakistaní de seguridad, Kestral, que presuntamente facilitó la presencia operativa secreta de la firma de seguridad Blackwater en Pakistán. Cárdenas también representó a la asociación de manufactureros textiles de Honduras que apoyó al gobierno de facto de Roberto Micheletti después del golpe de estado de 2009 en contra del gobierno de izquierda del presidente Manuel Zelaya.
Además de su trabajo como cabildero, Cárdenas es un comentador político, que escribe artículos de opinión para medios como Foreign Policy‘s Shadow Government, NPR, Washington Times, y FOX News. El foco de Cárdenas son temas relacionados a América Latina, tales como la crisis Venezolana, el proceso de paz en Colombia, las relaciones de Estados Unidos con la region y, más específicamente, con Cuba.
Mauricio Claver-Carone nació en Florida y fue criado en Madrid, España. Fue nombrado como parte del equipo de transición del Tesoro de Trump.
Claver-Carone es co-fundador y director del Comité de Acción Política para la Democracia de Cuba – Estados Unidos (U.S. Cuba Democracy Political Action Committee – USCD PAC), uno de los grupos pro-embargo más activos de Washington. El objetivo del grupo es recaudar recursos para apoyar a miembros del Congreso que se oponen a medidas económicas que financian al gobierno cubano, y que están comprometidos a apoyar legislación que busca fortalecer el apoyo a la oposición cubana. Según los registros de la Comisión Federal Electoral, el USCD PAC gastó alrededor de $680,000 en las últimas elecciones, y donó a las campañas del senador republicano Marco Rubio y el diputado Carlos Curbelo, y a la campaña de la diputada demócrata Debbie Wasserman Schultz. En 2006, un grupo de control acusó al USCD PAC de romper las regulaciones de la Comisión Federal Electoral (FEC) por tener vínculos ilegales con una organización sin fines de lucro y por recibir dinero de extranjeros. Sin embargo, la FEC no encontró evidencia de que el USCD PAC haya violado ninguna regulación.
Claver-Carone es también director ejecutivo de Defensores de la Democracia de Cuba (Cuba Democracy Advocates), una organización sin fines de lucro que tiene por objetivo promover los derechos humanos, la democracia y el estado de derecho en Cuba.
También es editor de Cubanos del Capitolio, un blog sobre la política de Estados Unidos con Cuba, y ha sido anfitrión del show de política exterior “De Washington al Mundo” de Sirius-XM’s Canal 153. Ha escrito para varias publicaciones incluyendo: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Hill, The Huffington Post, The Georgetown Journal of International Law, y the Yale Journal of International Affairs. Fue un gran crítico de la política de normalización propuesta por Obama y afirmó que ha empeorado la situación debido a que los arrestos se han incrementado; la inmigración cubana ha subido; la conectividad a internet ha empeorado; y hay menos gente auto-empleada en la isla.
Ha testificado como experto frente a los Comités de Asuntos Internacionales, Asuntos Jurídicos y Recursos Naturales la Cámara de Representantes. En marzo de 2016 testificó frente al Subcomité de Terrorismo, No proliferación y Comercio de la Cámara de Representantes sobre cómo los cambios implementados por Obama respecto del comercio con Cuba han provisto al régimen de efectivo por adelantado, mientras al mismo tiempo decrecieron las exportaciones agrícolas de Estados Unidos.
Como abogado, trabajó en el Departamento del Tesoro de Estados Unidos y fue profesor tiempo completo de la Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad Católica de América y como profesor adjunto en el Centro Nacional de Derecho de la Universidad de George Washington.
Claver-Carone obtuvo una licenciatura en Artes del Rollins College, es abogado de la Universidad Católica de América y obtuvo una Maestría en Leyes (LL.M.) en Derecho Internacional y Comparado de Georgetown University.
Dr. Craig Deare
El 17 de febrero de 2017, el Dr. Craig Deare fue despedido de su nuevo cargo como Director Senior de Hemisferio Occidental para el Consejo Nacional de Seguridad (NSC). Sin embargo, esto es lo que sabemos sobre él. El Dr. Deare ha sido profesor en la Universidad de Defensa Nacional desde enero de 2001 y actualmente es Decano de Administración del College of International Security Affairs (CISA). Se unió a CISA en marzo de 2010 y luego de más de nueve años en el Centro de Estudios de Defensa Hemisféricos (CHDS). En CHDS, el Dr. Deare fue Decano de Asuntos Académicos de 2004 a 2007.
Dr. Deare fue parte del Ejército por 20 años, cumpliendo una variedad de tareas y especializándose en inteligencia militar y como funcionario extranjero en América Latina. Se retiró del ejército como Teniente Coronel y es un experto en México. Dr. Deare ganó una beca del congreso de la Asociación Americana de Ciencia Política (APSA), y fue asistente legislativo para de Asuntos de Seguridad Nacional para el Senador de Florida Bob Graham (D). Luego de su paso por el Capitolio, fue Oficial de Enlace con el Congreso en la Oficina de Enlace Legislativo del Ejército y como Jefe del Sector de Planes y Operaciones de la División de Programas.
Dr. Deare ha sido publicado en una cantidad de revistas académicas y de política. Sus publicaciones incluyen: “Security Implications of Drug Legalization in the U.S. and Mexico,” en The State and Security in Mexico: Transformation and Crisis in Regional Perspective Strategic Forum, Number 243; “Relaciones de defensa México-Estados Unidos” en Atlas de la Seguridad y la Defensa de México 2009; “Improving U.S. Defense Structure for the Western Hemisphere” en Joint Forces Quarterly; y “La militarización en América Latina y el papel de Estados Unidos” en Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica. También está por publicar un libro (marzo 2017), sobre las relaciones entre México y Estados Unidos.
Dr. Deare tiene una licenciatura en ciencia política y una Maestría y Ph.D. en Relaciones Internacionales y Economía Internacional de la Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies de The Johns Hopkins University. También es graduado del U.S. Marine Corps University’s Command y General Staff College.
Originario de Greenwich, CT, Glazer fue Embajador (no de carrera) en El Salvador desde 2006 hasta 2009, bajo la administración de George W. Bush. Previo a eso, el Glazer fue Presidente y Director Ejecutivo de C. L. Glazer & Company, Inc., una empresa de brókeres y banca de inversiones en Greenwhich, CT, que fundó en 1981. Previo a eso, Glazer era Vicepresidente Senior y Director de Jefferies & Company, Vicepresidente Senior de Blyth Eastman Dillion & Co., Inc., una banca de inversiones y de corretaje institucional en la ciudad de Nueva York.
El Sr. Glazer fue oficial del Ejército de EE.UU. desde 1965 hasta 1967 y fue adjunto al Batallón 502º de Inteligencia Militar en Seúl, Corea del Sur. Glazer recibió una licenciatura en Finanzas de la Universidad de Virginia, y ha sido miembro de varios Consejos de Administración.
Jon B. Perdue
Originalmente de Thomaston, Georgia, Jon B. Perdue ha sido nombrado Asistente Especial en el Departamento del Tesoro. Perdue es un investigador y analista en asuntos de terrorismo internacional, derechos humanos, comunicación estratégica, y guerra asimétrica periférica. Es senior fellow de investigación estratégica en el Center for a Secure and Free Society, un think tank enfocado en alcanzar una sociedad próspera basada en los valores de gobierno limitado, libre empresa, y seguridad nacional fuerte. Previo a ello, Perdue fue Director de Programas de América Latina en el Fund for American Studies en Washington D.C. Según su cuenta de Twitter, también es Director de la Fundación Libertad Puerto Rico.
Como autor de “La guerra de toda la gente: el nexo entre el radicalismo latinoamericano y el terrorismo de Medio Oriente” y “La penetración estratégica de Irán en América Latina”, Perdue argumenta que hay una alianza entre Venezuela e Irán enfocada en destruir el orden establecido en el mundo desarrollado (Estados Unidos). En uno de sus artículos, co-escrito con Otto Reich y publicado en Breitbart, Perdue escribió sobre la alianza Venzuela-Irán cuyo objetivo es aterrorizar a Estados Unidos. Muchos de sus argumentos nunca fueron confirmados por fuentes independientes.
En 2015, Perdue apareció en el reality show “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor” de CNBC, por su invento, el Packbow. Se trata de un arco y flecha que funciona como compás, soporte para carpa, bastón, arpón para pesca, y receptáculo para pastillas de purificación de agua. Según su página web, el Packbow es un “arco de supervivencia creado por un experto en guerra de guerrillas”. Lo puede ordenar aquí: http://packbow.com
Jon Perdue se graduó de finanzas en el Senior Military College, University of North Georgia, y sirvió en la Guardia Nacional del Ejército en Georgia.
Yleem Sarmiento de Poblete
Originaria de Miami, Florida, la Dra. Poblete fue nombrada por Trump como miembro del equipo del Consejo Nacional de Seguridad.
En 2013, co-fundó junto a su marido el Grupo de Analysis Poblete. La Dra. Poblete también es Becaria de Instituto de Investigación Política y Estudios Católicos y profesora invitada en instituciones académicas privadas y públicas.
Por casi dos décadas trabajó en la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos bajo diferentes roles. De 2011 a 2013, fue jefa de personal y directora de personal del Comité de Asuntos Internacionales, bajo la Diputada Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Republicana de Florida). Antes de eso, fue directora de staff por la minoría en el Comité de Asuntos Internacionales de la Cámara de Representantes; directora de staff del subcomité de Medio Oriente y Asia Central; Directora del staff y subdirectora de staff para el subcomité de Operaciones internacionales y Derechos Humanos. También trabajó en el equipo profesional del Subcomité de Política Económica Internacional y Comercio, y en el equipo del Subcomité sobre África.
En el Comité de Asuntos Internacionales, la Dra. Poblete trabajó sobre legislación para imponer sanciones a Irán y Siria; frenar fondos de Estados Unidos a la International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) que estén contribuyendo a la asistencia técnica de la IAEA a Irán, Siria y Corea del Norte; y hacer rendir cuentas a los cuerpos de paz involucrados en abuso sexual. En 1996, también trabajó para la Ley de Libertad y Solidaridad Democrática (también conocida como la ley Helms–Burton), que incrementó el embargo de Estados Unidos a Cuba.
Ha publicado artículos en The Hill, Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, National Interest, y Washington Times, entre otros. Ha escrito sobre las relaciones cubano-americanas, la influencia de Irán en América Latina, y la necesidad de imponer sanciones a Venezuela. Es una firme creyente en la teoría de que hay grupos terroristas infiltrados en América Latina, con el objetivo de atacar Estados Unidos.
La Dra. Poblete ha obtenido un Ph.D. en Política Mundial/Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad Católica de América, con concentración en Medio Oriente y el Hemisferio Occidental. También obtuvo una Maestría en Relaciones Internacionales de la Universidad de Miami, una licenciatura en Relaciones Internacionales de St. Thomas University.
Mercedes “Mercy” Viana Schlapp
Originaria de Miami, FL, Viana Schlapp es la co-fundadora de Cove Strategies, una empresa de temas de gobierno y asuntos públicos basada en Alexandria, Virginia. Previamente fue Directora de Medios de Comunicación Especializados del Presidente George W. Bush, encabezando las operaciones en medios hispanos para el Presidente Bush, luego de trabajar en las campañas presidenciales de 2000 y 2004.
Fue una columnist del The Washington Times, y fue contribuidora para U.S. News and World Report. También ha escrito para FOXNews.com, The Daily Caller and The Hill sobre una variedad de temas, incluyendo inmigración, asuntos hispanos, mujeres, así como otros temas de política internacional y doméstica. También es comentarista en Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español y la radio nacional española. Viana Schlapp se recibió de la Universidad Internacional de Florida (FIU) y tiene una Maestría de George Washington University.
Major General Ricky L. Waddell, PhD
Parece que la Casa Blanca ha nombrado el reemplazo para el Dr. Craig Deare, el efímero Director Senior de Hemisferio Occidental para el Consejo Nacional de Seguridad (NSC). Algunas fuentes confirman que el Comandante General Ricky Waddell será el próximo Director Senior de Hemisferio Occidental del NSC. Al igual que Deare, el Dr. Waddell ha trabajado en el National Defense University (NDU), ha servido en las fuerzas armadas de EEUU, y tiene un doctorado. Según su biografía en la página web de NDU, Waddell obtuvo su doctorado en relaciones internacionales en Columbia University, luego de obtener títulos de posgrado en Oxford University como Rhodes Scholar y de Webster University.
Durante su tiempo en el ejército, el Dr. Waddell llegó al nivel de comandante general. Su experiencia más reciente como un oficial en funciones fue como comandante del 76th Operation Response Command 17 October 2015. El Comando 76th incluye dos Brigadas Químicas (incluyendo 8 Batallones Químicos y 26 Compañías Químicas), un Grupo de Tareas de respuesta Química, Biológica, Radiológica y Nuclear, 13 Elementos de Reserva del Ejército, apoyando a la mayoría de los Comandos Combatientes y Agencias del Departamento de Defensa, Oficiales de Enlace para Preparación ante Emergencias para los 50 Estados y las 10 Regiones FEMA.
Dr. Waddell tiene extensa experiencia trabajando en el hemisferio como civil. En su carrera civil, Waddell pasó 17 años trabajando en América del Sur, viviendo 12 de esos años en Sao Paulo, Brazil. Entre otras posiciones, fue Director General de BG Group, responsable de campos de gas y petróleo, gasoductos de transporte, y 2.7 millones de consumidores de servicios públicos. Su equipo descubrió más de 5 billones de barriles de petróleo. Fue CEO de Anglo Ferrous Brazil, que construyó el proyecto de minería integrada más grande del mundo. Más recientemente, como civil en el Departamento de Defensa, fue responsable de los programas de Keystone, Capstone, y Pinnacle en la National Defense University.
Nota: Una versión anterior incluía a Elliot Abrams, quien estaba siendo considerado como Subsecretario de Estado, pero ya no está bajo consideración. También se incluía a Otto Reich y Carl Meacham, pero ambos han afirmado de manera pública y privada que no están interesados en trabajar para la administración de Donald Trump.