Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
TopicsMexico Energy Reform, TPP, US-Cuban Relations
LanguagesFrench, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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June 22, 2016On the cusp of signing a bilateral ceasefire that will end Latin America’s longest running war, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos must ensure that the peace deal with leftist rebels is implemented to the letter—particularly ensuring justice for the victims—and…
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May 26, 2016Recent international optimism about Argentina has centered on multiple factors which include the opening up of the Argentinian economy, the expansion of foreign investment, and the number of like-minded ruling politicians. Leading this effort are President Mauricio Macri, Mayor of…
An international consultant who has advised many heads of state and business leaders around the globe, Schechter's specialty and passion remain anchored in Latin America. He has more than twenty years of communications and political experience and is a sought-out voice on Latin American political issues.
Fluent in six languages, Schechter specializes in reducing reputational risk in increasingly adversarial political and communications environments. Schechter previously served as the lead consultant on a host of high-stakes elections—overseeing polling, campaign management, advertising, and media relations—in nearly every country in Latin America.
In 1993, Schechter founded Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter, and Associates (CLS) with two partners. Within a few years it became one of Washington's premier strategic communications consulting firms. The firm continues today.
Schechter teaches at two universities about issues at the intersection of international business, communications, and politics; he serves as a Visiting Professor at Ben Gurion University's (BGU) Faculty of Business and Management and was appointed to BGU's Board of Directors in 2012. Schechter is also an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University and a published author, having released two novels to date with Harper Collins: Point of Entry (2006) and Pipeline (2009). He also co-owns several Washington restaurants and Agur Winery, a boutique winery in Israel.
A graduate of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, he was previously Deputy Staff Director for the House Subcommittee on International Development Institutions and Finance and worked at National Public Radio and the Inter-American Development Bank.