Director, Latin America Economic Growth Initiative
TopicsDemocracy, Energy, Innovation, Mexico Energy Reform, Trade, US-Cuban Relations, US-Latin America, Urbanization, Urbanization
RegionsBrazil, Central America, Cuba, Latin America, Mexico
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Full BioJason Marczak is director of the Latin America Economic Growth Initiative at the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. He joined the Atlantic Council in October 2013 to help launch the Arsht Center and set the strategic direction for its Latin America work.
Marczak brings more than fifteen years of experience focusing on regional economics, politics, and development. With Marczak's co-leadership, the Arsht Center has established itself as the "go-to" center for analysis and insight on the new Latin America and its strategic role in the transatlantic community. He is at the forefront of its influential work on issues such as trade and global commerce, Latin America 2030, US-Cuba relations, Mexico's reforms, energy, and Brazil.
Marczak frequently provides English- and Spanish-language commentary on political and economic issues in Latin America, including a weekly appearance on Bloomberg TV in Mexico. He has written for publications such as CNN, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, the Miami Herald, Roll Call, and USA Today as well as El Universal, El País, and O Estado de São Paulo. Marczak is also a Huffington Post blogger.
Marczak previously served as director of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) in New York City, where he was a cofounder and senior editor of Americas Quarterly magazine. He also led high-level working groups composed of private- and public-sector leaders that put forward policy proposals on topics ranging from security and violence prevention to market access, the rule of law, and immigration.
Prior to joining AS/COA in 2006, Marczak was a program officer and founding member of Partners of the Americas' Center for Civil Society. He managed efforts to ensure civil society participation in multilateral processes, including the Summits of the Americas. From 1999 to 2001, he was a legislative aide in the House of Representatives with a portfolio including trade, technology, and small business issues. He has also worked at the National Endowment for Democracy and the Andean Community General Secretariat in Lima, Peru.
He received a bachelor's degree from Tufts University and a master's degree in international affairs and economics from the Johns Hopkins University Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Marczak is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations where he served as a member of its 2014 North America Task Force. He is a Board Member of Qualitas of Life Foundation in New York City.