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Carlos Ponce, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow and Director of Latin American Programs

Dr. Carlos Ponce is the Senior Fellow and Director of Latin American Programs at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Previously, he was director for Latin American programs at Freedom House and the General Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy. Dr. Ponce also serves as Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Nonprofit Management for the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University and as Lecturer for the M.A. in NGO Management Program at Johns Hopkins University. He oversees research efforts in several fields including political science, international affairs, anticorruption, human rights, civil society empowerment, and democratic governance and is author and editor of numerous academic studies, policy papers, and special reports. His career has been dedicated to the strengthening of civil society, developing mechanisms to protect human rights leaders, and strengthening democracies throughout Latin America. He earned his Ph.D. in law and policy at Northeastern University, M.A. in urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University, M.S. in environmental law at Vermont Law School, and JD/Lawyer at Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (UCAB). He has been published in numerous places including USA Today, Fox News, Miami Herald, and CNN.

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