Caribbean Americans are the natural expression of a fruitful US-Caribbean partnership, often playing a major role in US society, politics, culture, and the economy. Seven of ten Caribbean migrants live in the United States, with much of the diaspora concentrated in Florida, New York, and Texas. As new challenges emerge in the Caribbean, diaspora voices, influences, and perspectives are needed and can help shape US-Caribbean policy as we look to build on ties advanced at the Summit of the Americas.

What additional opportunities exist for the US-based Caribbean diaspora to shape US political, economic, and security policy to the region? How can US officials connect with these diverse communities to translate Summit commitments into tangible action? And what can US government and business leaders learn from diaspora communities to strengthen the US-Caribbean partnership?

In celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month, please join the Caribbean Initiative and the Caribbean Policy Consortium on Wednesday, June 29, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET for a public, virtual discussion on how the Caribbean diaspora can strengthen US-Caribbean relations and advance newly announced commitments from the Summit of the Americas.


H.E. Audrey P. Marks
Ambassador to the United States
Permanent Representative to the OAS


Barbara Feinstein
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Western Hemisphere Affairs
US Department of State

Terrence Blackman
Associate Professor, Medgar Evers College
City University of New York

Claire Nelson
Founder and President
Institute of Caribbean Studies

David Lewis
Vice President
Manchester Trade Ltd
Caribbean Policy Consortium

Melanie Chen
Board Member
Atlantic Council

Jason Marczak
Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Wazim Mowla
Assistant Director, Caribbean Initiative
Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations and delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform how the public and private sectors can advance hemispheric prosperity.