Isabel Bernhard was an Assistant Director at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, where she developed the Center’s China-Latin America and Brazil programming. 

During her time at the Council, Bernhard has contributed to various reports on topics such as China’s vaccine diplomacy in Latin America and the Caribbean, US – China competition in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts, strategies to combat political violence against women in Brazil, and policies to strengthen Brazil’s democratic institutions. She also organized the Center’s 2022 Brazilian elections series, featuring public conversations with presidential candidates.  

Bernhard has provided commentary on key China-Latin America and Taiwan-Latin America topics to international and domestic media outlets. Her written analysis on US-China-Latin America relations has been featured in The Diplomat and Global Americans, among other sources.  

Bernhard holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies (political science) from Harvard University and a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Oxford. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.