ReportSep 27, 2022
The economic impact of a more efficient US-Mexico border: How reducing wait times at land ports of entry would promote commerce, resilience, and job creation
By Alejandro Brugués Rodríguez, John Byrd, Noé Arón Fuentes Flores, David Gaytan, John Gibson, Camila Hernández, Mayra Maldonado, Jason Marczak, Jorge Eduardo Mendoza Cota, Roberto Ransom, and Ignacia Ulloa
Improvements in border management and the adoption of new technologies at the US-Mexico border have the potential to enhance border security and generate economic benefits for the United States and Mexico through expedited flows of goods and people.
New AtlanticistAug 5, 2022
Colombia’s first leftist president is taking office. What should the US expect from him?
By Atlantic Council experts
We reached out to our top Latin America minds to break down what a Gustavo Petro presidency will mean for this longstanding strategic relationship.
ReportDec 8, 2021
A plan for Colombia’s COVID recovery and why it matters for the United States
By Atlantic Council US-Colombia Task Force
The continuity of Colombia’s prosperity and role as a key US partner depends, in part, on the country’s ability to swiftly recover from COVID-19. In 2020, lockdowns and mobility restrictions led to a major recession in Colombia, exacerbating unemployment, poverty, and pre-existing inequalities.
Camila Hernandez was an associate director at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, where she led programming on the rule of law, Colombia, and the US-Mexico border.
Hernandez was editor of the center’s first-ever book, Allies: 27 Bold Ideas to Reimagine the US-Colombia Relationship, featuring essays by US and Colombian thought leaders including former US President Bill Clinton, General David Petraeus, and Howard Buffett. She also managed the Atlantic Council’s US-Colombia Task Force, a bilateral, bipartisan, and bicameral group of experts co-chaired by US Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and US Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).
Hernandez has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous publications, including three reports on US-Colombia relations, a deep-dive on Colombia’s energy sector, and an economic impact analysis estimating the economic benefits for both Mexico and the United States of creating a more efficient US-Mexico border. Her research and projects have been funded by the US Department of State.
Hernandez provides English- and Spanish-language commentary on US-Colombia relations and the US-Mexico border to major media outlets including Foreign Policy, AP News, Voice of America, El Tiempo, and La FM. She regularly leads and participates in high-level events with policymakers, business leaders, and civil-society members in Colombia, Mexico, and the United States.
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Hernandez was a Helms fellow at the World Resources Institute, where she studied trends in the ownership of forest concessions in the Congo Basin. She held positions at Human Rights Watch and Tuatara Group LLC—a financing, trade promotion, and project development advisory firm.
Hernandez has a BA in economics and a BA in government form Georgetown University. Originally from Cali, Colombia, she is a native Spanish and English speaker, and she is also fluent in French.