Opportunities in the Americas

20 March 2014; 3:00-4:00pm EST

Inspired by President Kennedy and founded in 1964 under the Alliance for Progress, Partners of the Americas is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington, DC. Partners builds partnerships that create opportunities through the formation of partnerships between international chapters and institutions, universities, agencies and civic organizations. On March 20, 2014, the ACS International Center webinar series will host speakers from the organization, as well as representatives from 100,000 Strong in the Americas, a government-funded mission to achieve the exchange of 100,000 students between North and South America.

About the speakers

Lee Tablewski, Director, 100k Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund

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As Director of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, Mr. Tablewski's responsibility is to drive the implementation of the initiative, which President Obama has created to foster region-wide prosperity through greater international exchange of students. He has collaborated in his capacity-building activities with several U.S. Government agencies including the Department of State and its embassies, USAID, the Department of Commerce, and multilateral organizations and governments at the national, state and municipal level across the region. Uniquely, he has been able to identify the overlap of common interests with local and international business to mobilize resources for this work while maintaining high quality and program integrity.

Melissa Golladay, Director, Exchanges, Partners of the Americas

As the Director for Professional Leadership Exchanges and Youth Engagement, Ms. Golladay leads programs that bring professionals together to collaborate on issues such as climate change, small business development, and government transparency. As Director for Youth Engagement, she leads programs that use international exchange to teach leadership and reinforce values around service. She previously served as Program Officer with the Center for Civil Society, where she worked to build the capacity of CSOs and government to increase citizen participation in local decision-making. Ms. Golladay co-authored four publications on civil society participation in the Inter-American System and case studies of successful programs. Ms. Golladay earned a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, concentrating in Social Development and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Elizabeth Lopez, Sr Program Officer, Partners of the Americas

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Elizabeth Lopez is the Senior Officer for Climate Change at Partners of the Americas. Ms. Lopez manages the Senior ECPA Fellows Program, a project funded by the Department of State, which sends U.S. experts to Latin America and the Caribbean on issues related to clean energy, sustainable urban development, climate change adaptation, and sustainable forestry. Ms. Lopez has more than 12 years of experience with a strong emphasis in international development, and a significant knowledge of agricultural and environmental policies.

She has also worked as a Program Director and Project Manager for Grupo Semillas, where she remains a current Board Member. Ms. Lopez holds a Master of Arts in Global Environmental Politics from American University, in Washington D.C., and a Bachelor of Biology, specializing in Conservation and Ecology from Pontifica Universidad Javeriana, in her native country of Colombia. Ms. Lopez is fluent in Spanish and English.