Jeisson Rodriguez, undertook Law studies at the Universidad Militar Nueva Granada in Colombia and finished his undergraduate studies at St. Thomas University, where he obtained his Bachelors in Political Science. Mr. Rodriguez is currently a PhD Candidate at Florida International University.Since his arrival to the US, he has worked as Researcher for the Institute for Public Management and Community Service at Florida International University in topics relating to development in Latin America. While at the Institute, he has participated in the organization of important events which focus on providing elected and administrative officials the tools to improve the economic and administrative development of cities and municipalities in Latin America. He is the author of several articles that have been presented at international conferences, which have analyzed: bilateral relationships between Colombia and the United States; the impact of the democratization of mayoralties on the economic and urban development of Latin American cities; the economic and urban impact of Transmilenio; and the consolidation of democracy in Colombia, among others.
Carli Valdes is the Institute’s primary staff assistant. Originally born in the US, Ms. Valdes lived in Mexico for many years. She graduated from Georgetown University.