Maria Fernanda Perez Arguello
Associate Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
RegionsCentral America, Mexico
LanguagesEnglish, French, Italian, Spanish
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November 08, 2018US President Donald J. Trump has described the caravan of Central American migrants making its way north through Mexico as an “invasion” by “many gang members and some very bad people.” Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent David Ward…
Maria Fernanda Perez Arguello is Associate Director at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, where she leads the Center's work on Mexico, USMCA (i.e. NAFTA), and Central America, and contributes to projects on China- Latin America, regional trade integration as well as disinformation in Latin America. During her time at the Council, she has co-led the Center’s Central America Task Force, managed the Center's trade portfolio, and programmed events in Asia for US policymakers.
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Maria Fernanda worked at the Inter-American Dialogue, Cato Institute, and Council of the Americas. She speaks native Spanish, English, and French, fluent Italian, and near-fluent Portuguese.
Originally from Costa Rica, Maria Fernanda earned a degree in European Studies from Sorbonne University in France, as well as a master's degree in Latin American Studies and Political Economy from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a master’s in International Law and Human Rights from the United Nations University for Peace.