Senior Vice President and Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
TopicsMexico Energy Reform, TPP, US-Cuban Relations
LanguagesFrench, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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March 17, 2017Energy sector reform will continue with or without the United States, said former Mexican official Though recent political tensions threaten the stability of US-Mexico relations, Mexico’s ongoing energy sector reform will continue without US partnership, if necessary, according to Mexico’s…
March 07, 2017Mexican presidential candidate sees risk of an anti-American Mexican leader The “rhetoric of hate” that has dominated US President Donald J. Trump’s approach to Mexico could impact the outcome of Mexico’s presidential elections in 2018 and determine the future of…
February 27, 2017If the current tension in the US-Mexico relationship gets out of hand it could disrupt crucial cooperation between the two countries on checking the flow of unauthorized migrants into the United States, said an Atlantic Council analyst. “The great danger…
February 23, 2017Former US, Canadian, and Mexican officials make pitch to keep strategic trade deal US President Donald Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) “the worst trade deal,” but former US, Canadian, and Mexican officials, speaking at the…
February 01, 2017Schechter in MarketWatch: Why Americans Should Worry about a Backlash in Mexico against President Trump
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.