Guy Mentel, President and Chief Legal Officer
Guy Mentel is the President and Chief Legal Officer of Global Americans. Mr. Mentel writes and speaks extensively about U.S.-Latin American relations and hemispheric affairs. He plays a leading role in developing Global Americans’ agenda, programs, publications, and events, and frequently briefs congressional staff and other international observers about U.S. policy toward the region.
Prior to joining Global Americans, Mr. Mentel held multiple positions in the United States Senate, working primarily on Western Hemisphere policy, immigration policy, and judiciary issues. Mr. Mentel has extensive campaign experience. He worked on the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and in 2017, he co-founded a political action group that has endorsed and campaigned for candidates all across the country. Mr. Mentel has worked on immigration policy and Latin America policy for four high-profile campaigns in the years since.
In 2014-2015, Mr. Mentel worked as a Princeton in Latin America Fellow for the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice in Bogotá, Colombia. In Colombia, Mr. Mentel worked on transitional justice issues related to the Colombian armed conflict and on marriage equality in Colombia. Mr. Mentel has independently consulted on transitional justice issues in Colombia in the years since and has written extensively about Colombian politics. He has also worked at the law firm, Kobre & Kim LLP, and clerked at the Military Commissions Defense Organization of the Department of Defense.
Mr. Mentel earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, with a certificate in WTO and International Trade Studies, and his B.A. from Georgetown University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude.