Life's twists and turns have taken me to many places in Latin America and the Caribbean, beginning with my childhood in Venezuela. After getting a master's degree in journalism, I spent 15 years working for wire services and newspapers, including stints in Caracas and Mexico City. At the Organization of American States (OAS), where I worked for a decade, I became even more steeped in issues from around the Americas. Now, as an independent consultant, I continue to work with a range of Washington-based international organizations, doing writing, editing, and translating. In New Mexico, where I now live, I'm a court-certified interpreter and member of the New Mexico Translators & Interpreters Association and the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters & Translators.
- Master of Science in Journalism, Columbia University, New York, 1980
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 1979
- Independent Consultant (2007-Present). Based in New Mexico, I do writing and editing for many international organizations. Recent clients have included the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB Invest, the Inter-American Foundation, the Organization of American States and its Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the World Bank. I also work as an interpreter in New Mexico.
- Organization of American States (1997-2007), senior public information specialist, Department of Press and Communications. Coordinated daily coverage of OAS events and provided media support for numerous events around the Americas, including presidential summits, ministerial meetings, conferences, and electoral observation missions.
- Sun Healthcare Group, Inc. (1995-97), director of editorial services. Wrote, edited, and managed creative production of award-winning annual report, marketing brochures, and employee newsletters for publicly traded company in New Mexico.
- Albuquerque Journal (1987-95), reporter. On features desk of New Mexico’s largest newspaper, covered social trends and wrote profiles, travel pieces, and other stories. Won New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors Award, Features, Best in Show, 1991. Earlier, worked for the paper’s business section, covering such beats as oil and gas, energy, and the maquiladora industry in Mexico.
- Business Latin America (1985-86), assistant editor, Mexico City. Wrote about the national economy, business, and politics for New York-based analytical newsletter.
- The Associated Press (1984-85), reporter, Mexico City. Covered daily news and wrote features for leading international wire service. Also translated and edited copy from Central America.
- The New York Times (1982-84), stringer, Boston bureau. Wrote regularly for the national section and contributed stories on travel, education, and business. Assisted correspondents in reporting on Boston news.
- The Associated Press (1980-82), correspondent, Caracas. Covered daily stories, including breaking news about the oil industry, and wrote features on Venezuela for U.S. and worldwide audiences.