About the fellowship

The Rio Bravo Congressional Fellowship is a non-partisan program that connects US Congressional staffers, Mexican legislators, and Atlantic Council experts to discuss critical issues for the bilateral relationship.

Impact goal

To deepen the US-Mexico relationship and foster long-term interparliamentary ties by educating, convening, and establishing relationships between congressional staff and legislators in both countries.

Format

Every year, a select number of fellows participate in off-the-record master classes led by experts and guest speakers from the public, private, and civil society sectors on issues relevant to the US-Mexico relationship, including:

Fellows are also invited to participate in educational trips to Mexico and the United States, where they will meet their counterparts for a series of in-person roundtables and strategy sessions.

Meet our 2022 Rio Bravo Fellows

US-based fellows:

Matthew Adam Ceja
Legislative Assistant, Representative Mark Takano
US House of Representatives

Jaya Khetarpal
Legislative Assistant, Representative Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
US House of Representatives

John-Mark Kolb
Legislative Director, Representative Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL-27)
US House of Representatives

Naomi Lake
Legislative Assistant, Representative Jesús G. “Chuy” García (D-IL-4)
US House of Representatives

James F. Loomis
Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor, Representative Stephanie Murphy (D-FL-7)
US House of Representatives

John J. Millerick
Legislative Assistant, Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28)
US House of Representatives

Sayanna Molina
Policy Advisor, Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-3)
US House of Representatives

Johanna Montiel
Legislative Director, Representative Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24)
US House of Representatives

Cesar Andrés Prieto
Legislative Assistant, Representative Tony Gonzales (R-TX-23)
US House of Representatives

Andrew C. Regalado
Legislative Assistant, Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16)
US House of Representatives

Sierra Sabido
Legislative Assistant, Representative Carol Miller (R-WV-3)
US House of Representatives

Donald Robert Stevens
Counsel, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
US Senate

Mexico-based fellows:

Juan Pablo Adame Alemán
Technical Secretary, PAN Senate Group
Mexican Senate

Jorge O. Armijo de la Garza
Deputy Director for Research and Analysis, CEGIB
Mexican Senate

Ilan Carrillo Ibañez
Parliamentary Advisor, Senator Miguel Angel Osorio Chong (National List)
Mexican Senate

Francisco Javier Chapa Castro
Parliamentary Economic Advisor, Institutional Revolutionary Party Caucus
Mexican Senate

Antonio Eduardo del Valle Torres
Technical Secretary, Science, and Technology Commission
Mexican Senate

Gilberto Francisco Encinas Espejel
Technical Secretary, Senator Ricardo Monreal Ávila (National List) and the National Regeneration Movement Caucus
Mexican Senate

Alejandra Gutiérrez Becerril
Legislative Assistant, Senator Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa (National List)
Mexican Senate

Eduardo Gutiérrez Núñez
Advisor, PAN Parliamentary Group
Mexican Senate

Ivonne Betzabe Mateos Báez
Technical Secretary, Bicameral Television Channel
Mexican Senate

Aymir Moreno Maza
Chief of Staff, Senator Sasil de León (Chiapas)
Mexican Senate

Miguel Mendivil Roiz
Advisor for International Affairs and Foreign Policy, Senator Claudia Ruiz Masseiu (National List)
Mexican Senate

Guillermo Teutli Ramírez
Chief of Staff, Senator Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong (National List)
Mexican Senate

Alma Rosa Ugarte Perez
Technical Secretary, Transparency and Anti-Corruption Comission
Mexican Senate

Meet our 2021 Rio Bravo Fellows

US-based fellows:

Molly Carpenter
Legislative Director, Sen. Mike Crapo (ID)
US Senate

Mariah Carray
Legislative Assistant, Rep. Norma Torres (CA-35)
US House of Representatives

Mariana Cruz-Muñoz
Professional Staff, House Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
US House of Representatives

Paul Guaglianone
Legislative Assistant, Sen. Roy Blunt (MO)
US House of Representatives

Mena Hanna
Senior Policy Advisor, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1)
US House of Representatives

Elizabeth López-Sandoval
Communications Director, Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16)
US House of Representatives

Alexander Morales
Legislative Aide, Rep. Greg Steube (FL-17)
US House of Representatives

Sam Mulopulos
Policy Advisor, Sen. Rob Portman (OH)
US Senate

Corinne Paul
Foreign Legislative Aide, Sen. Ben Cardin (MD)
US Senate

Victoria Rivas
Deputy Chief of Staff, Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-13)
US House of Representatives

Chandler Smith
Legislative Director, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15)
US House of Representatives

Patrice Smith
Communications Director, Rep. Scott Franklin (FL-15)
US House of Representatives

Joshua Thomas
Legislative Assistant, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (IL)
US Senate

Jessica Valdes
Legislative Aide, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
US Senate

Mexico-based fellows:

Alejandra Moreno
Parliamentary Advisor
Mexican Chamber of Deputies

Arturo Sánchez
Parliamentary Advisor
Mexican Chamber of Deputies

Carlos López Kramsky
Legislative Advisor; Sen. Gálvez (PAN)
Mexican Senate

Cynthia López Castro
Congresswomen (PRI)
Mexican Chamber of Deputies

Luis Eugenio Orantes
Chief of Staff; Sen. Kempis Martínez (MC)
Mexican Senate

Emerson Segura
Parliamentary Advisor
Mexican Senate

Guadalupe Plata
Advisor; Sen. Sánchez (MORENA)
Mexican Senate

Juan Francisco Morales
Legislative Advisor; Sen. Ruiz Massieu (PRI)
Mexican Senate

Frida González
Parliamentary Advisor
Mexican Senate

Guillermo Ucha
Congressional Staffer; Sen. Martín del Campo (PAN)
Mexican Senate

Judith Fuentes
Researcher; Gilberto Bosques Research Center
Mexican Senate

Liliana Martínez
Advisor; Sen. Vázquez Alatorre (MORENA)
Mexican Senate

Mauricio Cantú
Chief of Staff; Sen. Gómez Urrutia (MORENA)
Mexican Senate

Publio Rivera Rivas
Technical Secretary
Mexican Senate

Raúl Espejel Segura
Advisor; Committee on Foreign Affairs
Mexican Chamber of Deputies

Sebastian Rojas
Head of Department, International Visits; Gilberto Bosques Research Center
Mexican Senate

Victor Lorenzo Muñoz
Legislative Advisor
Mexican Chamber of Deputies

Meet our 2020 Rio Bravo Fellows

US-based fellows:

Louise Bentsen
Legislative Director, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15)
US House of Representatives

Tomas Delgado
Legislative Aide, Sen. Cory Booker (NJ)
US Senate

Matthew Fery
Chief of Staff, Rep. Brian Higgings (NY-26)
US House of Representatives

Julia Friedman
Trade Counsel, Majority, House Committee on Ways and Means
US House of Representatives

Jacqueline Sanchez
Legislative Director, Rep. Verónica Escobar (TX-16)
US House of Representatives

Samantha Stiles
Director of Committee Operations, House Foreign Affairs Committee
US House of Representatives

Nicholas Widmyer
Legislative Assistant, Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-7)
US House of Representatives

Marilyn Zepeda Salazar
Legislative Assistant, Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-3)
US House of Representatives

Elizabeth Bender
Legislative Correspondent, Sen. Mike Crapo (ID)
US Senate

Claire Figel
Policy Analyst, Western Hem, Sen. James Risch (ID)
US Senate

David Giordano
Professional Staff Member, Minority, House Committee on Ways and Means
US House of Representatives

Cameron Poursoltan
Senior Legislative Assist, Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10)
US House of Representatives

Stephen Boyd
Legislative Aide, Sen. James Lankford (OK)
US Senate

Scott Reber
Legislative Assistant, Sen. James Risch (ID)
US Senate

Sean Clerget
Oversight Counsel, Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-8)
US House of Representatives

Mexico-based fellows:

Adriana Hernandez Marquina
Senior Economic Advisor, Sen. Vanessa Rubio
Mexican Senate

Alejandro Cruz Sanchez
Chief of Staff, Sen. Vanessa Rubio
Mexican Senate

Javier Brown
Technical Assistant, Committee on North America
Mexican Senate

Mariana Gutierrez
Advisor, Sen. Noe Fernando Casañon
Mexican Senate

Maria Fernanda Torres Rodriguez
Advisor, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sen. Nancy de la Sierra
Mexican Senate

Carmen Mariana Salazar Ramos
Asistant, Committee Foreign Affairs Asia-Pacific-Africa, Sen. Cora Cecilia Pinedo
Mexican Senate

Daniel Rosado Mendez
Chief of Staff, Sen. Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas
Mexican Senate

Miguel Aguila Mercerón
Head of Securities Department, Sen. Ricardo Monreal
Mexican Senate

David Hernandez Lopez
Researcher, Gilberto Bosques Research Center
Mexican Senate

José de Jesús de la Torre
Advisor, Sen. Gina Cruz Blackledge
Mexican Senate

Braulio Lopez Ochoa
Advisor, Sen. Dante Delgado
Mexican Senate

Juan Manuel Ramirez
Advisor, Sen. Patricia Mercado
Mexican Senate

Anel Bautista Delgado
Legislative Assistant, Sen. Ricardo Monreal
Mexican Senate

Rodrigo Franco Navarro
Technical Assistant, Committee on Migration and Border Issues, Sen. Bertha Alicia Caraveo
Mexican Senate

Javier Ivan Carreon Valencia
Chief of Staff, Sen. Manuel Velasco Coello
Mexican Senate

Alejandro Velazquez Mendoza
Deputy Secretary, Sen. Julio Menchaca
Mexican Senate

Darah Palafox
Researcher, Gilberto Bosques Research Center
Mexican Senate

Nuria Palou
Consultant
Guerra Castellanos y Asociados

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