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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.