LALP News, Fall 2021
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From the Executive Director
Dear friends and supporters,

As the university kicks off this fall with a return to in-person operations after more than a year of remote instruction, at LALP we are filled with renewed enthusiasm and energy as we close our summer programs and launch new fall offerings.

With this letter, I would like to welcome 35 emergent public leaders spanning 13 countries for our Innovation and Leadership in Government Program (ILG), which celebrates its eighth year of program activities and regional impact. Like in previous editions, ILG 2021 participants will be developing and advancing a public policy project to apply their learning throughout eight weeks of hands-on and interactive virtual experience. As always, we are especially thankful for the commitment of Georgetown University faculty, guest lecturers, speakers, institutions, and sponsors that together continue to make this experience possible for Latin American leaders. Please join me in welcoming our 8th ILG cohort to Georgetown!

In this newsletter, you can read about our latest custom offerings, and learn about our LALP alumni impact that ranges from new public leadership to academic research labs and international recognitions. You can also watch our summer webinar which featured a lively discussion with some of the alumni that have recently assumed public office across the region. 

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or proposals. We thank you for your support.

Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Latin America Leadership Program 
Managing Director, Latin American Board 
ILG 2021
Welcome to Georgetown!
On Monday, September 20, 2021, LALP welcomed 35 emergent public leaders from 13 countries spanning the Ibero-American region, who are joining us virtually for eight weeks for the eighth edition of our Innovation & Leadership in Government Program, ILG 2021. The program features academic courses taught by Georgetown University faculty, including MSB Professors Ricardo Ernst and Jose Guerrero, SFS Professors Matthew Carnes, SJ, and Hector Schamis, McCourt Professor Andres Marquez-Lara, and many expert guest lecturers. The program is complemented by peer-to-peer coaching sessions and virtual visits. We are excited to welcome a diverse and committed cohort, who is dedicated to improving their communities through high-impact public initiatives. Welcome to Georgetown!

This 8th edition of the ILG program is made possible by the support of Facebook Latin America.
New LALP Custom Programs: ILG Brazil 5.0, Citibanamex, Alcaldía de Bogotá
LALP is excited to continue to expand the reach of its programs working with a wide array of institutions across the region. This summer, LALP joined ENAP one more year to present ILG Brazil 5.0. thanks to the support of Microsoft Latin America. In addition, we designed a new Program on Leadership in Public Innovation for public officers from the Mayor´s Office of Bogota, and a Responsible Business Leadership Program for Citibanamex stakeholders. More to come. Stay tuned!
ILG 2019 alumnus, New Minister of Youth in Paraguay
This summer, the President of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez, appointed Édgar Colman Miranda, ILG 2019, as Minister of Youth. Colman is replacing Felipe Salomon. The new Minister expressed his commitment to work together with other government entities to articulate and generate greater opportunities for young people throughout the country.
GCL Alumni featured in Forbes Magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women
Two talented Global Competitiveness Leadership (GCL) program alumni Olinda Salguero (GCL, 2016, Guatemala) and Vanessa Castro (GCL 2016, Nicaragua) were featured in Forbes Magazine's 100 most powerful women in Central America and the Dominican Republic. 
Tomás Vodanovic, GCL 2016, New Mayor of the Maipú Commune, Chile

Our network of GCL alumni spoke with Tomás Vodanovic, GCL 2016 from Chile, who is the new mayor-elect of Maipú, the second-largest commune in Chile. Tomás reflected on the challenges of assuming this new position and the impact that public policies can have on people's lives.
Nicolás Albertoni, GCL alumnus, launches the Business Research Lab
The Business Research Lab, BRLab, is a project of the Catholic University of Uruguay, UCU, led by GCL 2012 alumnus Nicolas Albertoni, in association with the Security and Political Economy Lab of the University of Southern California. The project has received the GCL Seal, a recognition awarded to high-impact alumni initiatives of the GCL program.
ILG Impact Award 2021
Call for Applications Coming Up!
Since 2020, LALP annually celebrates the impact generated by our ILG alumni through a new ILG Impact Award to specially recognize Innovation and Leadership in Government Program alumni who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the public sector in Latin America.
Young Leaders Facing the Challenge of Management
Different electoral processes have taken place in the last year throughout the region. Several LALP alumni are now part of those new public officials who have taken oaths to work for their cities, municipalities, and countries, designing and implementing public policies that benefit the region. At this crucial moment in which the region is facing the challenge of effectively responding to this pandemic, LALP held a public forum to exchange ideas and views to move the region forward.
The Working Group of the Organization of American States (OAS) to Address the Venezuelan Migrant and Refugee Crisis is honored to invite LALP alumni to participate as volunteers for the development of specific research projects on issues of migration regularization of the Venezuelan population in the Americas; vulnerability to the crimes of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants; food insecurity; cooperation and cohesion with civil society organizations; programs to optimize the quality of life and integration into labor markets, among others. Our Working Group focuses its efforts on raise awareness and interstate cooperation to address this migration crisis. In this sense, we invite LALP participants interested in deepening the understanding of these issues to contribute with their ideas and proposals. 

  • Volunteering will begin in October. Those interested should write to the following email address: or
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