A group of seven professionals from prominent international organizations, nonprofits, and businesses are joining the board of America Solidaria US: Pablo Bachelet, principal communications specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank; Matt Clausen, senior vice president of public-private relations and senior director of President Obama’s initiative 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund at Partners of the Americas; Juan Carlos Cruz, head of global communications for the DuPont Company – agriculture crop protection; Adriana Machado, vice president for government affairs & policy for GE in Latin America; Meg Poole, director of the Global Service Leaders program at Meridian International Center; Paula Recart, with Ashoka and partner at Agencia Felicidad; and Adrean Scheid, vice president of international relations – Latin America at UnitedHealth Group.
Along with the incorporation of the new board members, America Solidaria US welcomes as its new executive director Rebecca Lee Nelson, who has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Connecticut and extensive experience with volunteering and development in the region. Before joining America Solidaria, Rebecca served as project manager of Trama Textiles, a regional federation of women’s weaving cooperatives in Guatemala.
Rebecca will replace Sebastián Villarreal, who took on the mission of founding and launching America Solidaria in the United States.
The board president, Kellie Meiman Hock, thanked Sebastián Villarreal for his incredible work and highlighted that “the addition of this great group of Americans and Chileans to the board and hiring of Rebecca represent a major step towards the institutionalization of the foundation in the United States.” She also underlined that “the new board members have a proven track record, expertise and experience in the region and each will undoubtedly contribute all of their knowledge to building a more united America and strengthening relations not only between Chile and the United States, but also throughout the Americas .”
The board will also be made up of the following continuing members: board president and managing partner at McLarty Associates, Kellie Meiman Hock; executive director for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay at the World Bank, Alex Foxley; senior manager for project execution at APIC Consulting Services, Kristen Henry; director of institutional affairs at Exxon Mobil Corporation and former US ambassador to Chile, Craig Kelly; general manager of the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce, Roberto Matus; and Catholic priest and professor in the department of sociology of the University of Southern California, Joseph Palacios.
América Solidaria’s innovative poverty alleviation model sends professional volunteers from the Americas to support nonprofit organizations in education, health, and development throughout the Western Hemisphere, benefiting over 33,000 people annually.