Speaker Bios – Development Issue Committee

Economic and Social Development in the Northern Triangle as a Contributor to U.S. Immigration Policy

Michael Camilleri

Senior Advisor to the Administrator and Executive Director, Northern Triangle Task Force

Michael Camilleri serves as Senior Advisor to the Administrator and Executive Director of USAID’s Northern Triangle Task Force.

Michael was most recently Director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. From 2012 to 2017, he served in the Obama-Biden Administration as the Western Hemisphere advisor on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and as Director for Andean Affairs at the National Security Council. Earlier in his career he worked as a human rights lawyer at the Organization of American States, the Center for Justice and International Law, and with a coalition of civil society organizations in Guatemala.

Michael is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and his analysis has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. A Maltese immigrant raised in Minnesota, Michael holds a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Jonathan Fantini-Porter

Jonathan Fantini-Porter is co-founder and Executive Director of the Partnership for Central America, in which he serves in a volunteer capacity.

The Partnership is a coalition of private sector corporations and organizations driving practical, business-led solutions to advance economic opportunity, address urgent climate, education and health challenges, and promote long-term investments and workforce skills to support a vision of hope for Central America. The Partnership was launched as a public-private partnership on May 27, 2021 in a Call to Action issued by Vice President Kamala Harris. Founding partners include the CEOs, President or Board Chairs of Microsoft, Nespresso, Chobani, and Mastercard, among others. Commitments made by partners, include bringing broadband connectivity to approximately 1.4 million, deploying digital infrastructure to serve individuals in remote communities, and bringing more sustainable and viable incomes toward a living income. The Partnership serves as the coordinating body of membership organizations to ensure sustained, coordinated, and transparent progress toward key development goals.

Jonathan brings to the position experience in the public, private, and social sectors. As a senior consultant at a global management consulting firm, he has advised a number of the largest organizations to address pressing strategic challenges and drive significant performance and organizational health improvements, increase their social impact, and enhance their sustainability practices. In the public sector, across the White House, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and both chambers of the U.S. Congress, Jonathan has built and led change programs that delivered culture and innovation transformations; developed and implemented several strategic national legislative initiatives, and led operations and change programs in complex organizations working in the space of migration and refugee management, social and economic development, and international trade and customs, including overseeing management operations of a federal agency with a $6 billion budget and 22,000 personnel in 48 countries.

He has served on the Humanitarian Committee of the U.N. Refugee Agency’s U.S. advocacy body, as an advisor to Amnesty International’s Military, Security, and Police Coordination Group, and as a consulting fellow at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. Jonathan is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Georgetown University and is the son of a first-generation Latino refugee. He speaks Spanish and German.

Claudia Umaña Araujo

Claudia Umaña Araujo is a lawyer and legal researcher born in San Salvador, El Salvador. While studying for her law degree from the University Dr. Jose Matías Delgado, the country went through one of its most convulsive times. These circumstances had a great impact on her life and is what has led her to devote most of her career to the pursuit of modernization of the State, search of opportunities through trade and the promotion of the importance of transparency and rule of law as the path to prosperity and peace.

She is the first woman President of FUSADES, which has been ranked among the top 12 in Latin America according the “Think Tank Initiative.” She was the founder and former President for 10 years of the NGO: Democracy – Transparency – Justice (DTJ), which promotes transparency, women’s rights and rule of law. Claudia was also a public servant for almost a decade working as the Director of Trade/Commercial Policy of the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador, with the rank of Special Ambassador for Trade Negotiations. During the years that she held office she coordinated the team that negotiated the WTO agreements, CAFTA-DR, Central America and Chile FTA, among other trade treaties. She was also the head of the Central American Economic Integration process. In 2014, she was awarded the “Order of Bernardo O’Higgins” in rank of Officer, by the Government of Chile and in June 2018. Claudia is one of the 12 Salvadoran leaders that are members of the Central American Prosperity Project which is a program to develop action-oriented strategies for achieving inclusive growth in the Northern Triangle, launched in 2018 by the George W. Bush Institute. In 2020, in honour of International Women’s Day, the Bush Institute experts recognized her as a trailblazing woman in their leadership programs.  Claudia is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


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