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Americas Quarterly (AQ) is an award-winning publication dedicated to politics, business and culture in the Americas. Borrowing elements from The Economist, Foreign Affairs and National Geographic—but with a focus on Latin America—AQ has an influential, agenda-setting audience and a print circulation of 15,000. Readers include CEOs, senior government officials and thought leaders, as well as a general audience interested in the Americas. Launched in 2007 and based in New York City, AQ is an independent, not-for-profit publication of Americas Society/Council of the Americas, which for more than 50 years have been dedicated to dialogue in the Western Hemisphere.

Our Staff

Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and the vice president for policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. A best-selling author, analyst and speaker, Brian has been living and breathing Latin American politics for the past 20 years.

Brian spent a decade living in Latin America as a journalist for Reuters, based in São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Mexico City. Since 2015 he has been based in New York City, overseeing Americas Quarterly’s growth into a must-read for Latin America's most influential investors and opinion leaders, while more than tripling its readership online. Brian is also the author or co-author of four books including Why Soccer Matters, a New York Times bestseller he wrote with Brazilian soccer legend Pelé; The Accidental President of Brazil, co-authored with President Fernando Henrique Cardoso; No Lost Causes, with President Álvaro Uribe; and Long After Midnight, a memoir about his time in Argentina.

Brian is a regular presence in TV, radio and print media, from NPR and CNN en Español to Folha de S.Paulo and The Wall Street Journal. Proficient in Spanish and Portuguese, he speaks frequently about Latin America's past, present and future to investors and general-interest audiences. Follow him on Twitter @BrazilBrian.

Cecilia Tornaghi is the managing editor of Americas Quarterly. A Brazilian-American journalist, she has been covering Latin America for the last 20 years with a focus on policy, business and economics. Cecilia spent 13 years at Bloomberg, starting as a Nasdaq reporter, then as an anchor, news editor, deputy managing editor for Bloomberg Brasil TV and lastly as Latin America correspondent for Blomberg TV interviewing heads of state, cabinet members and C-suite executives from across the region. Cecilia left Bloomberg to help build a news platform dedicated to emerging markets coverage at a large corporation coordinating business and human interest coverage about Latin America to a global audience. Prior to AQ she was also managing editor of LatinFinance. Before her career in journalism, Cecilia ran a theater company in Brazil dedicated to youth educational topics and a media relations program specialized in the performing arts. Cecilia has attended the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Social Sciences program, has a BA in Journalism from U.S.-based Excelsior College and a Graduate Diploma in International Development from the London School of Economics.

Donald Partyka is creative director of Americas Quarterly, which he helped launch in 2007. He has designed and consulted on numerous magazines, including Linguafranca, Poets & Writers, and Revista Perspectiva. Donald is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and Cooper Union, and currently teaches at the City College of New York. His work at Americas Quarterly has been recognized by Latin American Fotografía, American Illustration and The Society of Publication Designers. Follow Donald on Twitter @donaldpartyka.

Roberto Simon is the politics editor for Americas Quarterly and the senior director for policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. He is an expert in political risk and policy analysis in Latin America, and also oversees AS/COA’s Anti-Corruption Working Group.

Previously, Roberto served as the lead Latin America analyst at FTI Consulting’s Geopolitical Intelligence practice, advising global businesses on key political, economic and policy challenges in the region. He also worked for almost 10 years as a journalist at O Estado de S. Paulo, covering political crises, elections, natural disasters and conflicts throughout Latin America and in the Middle East. He was a Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and is currently working on a book about Brazil’s involvement in Chile’s 1973 coup. Roberto has written for leading media outlets in the Americas, including Foreign, Folha and Estado (Brazil) and El Faro (El Salvador), and his comments have appeared in the Financial TimesWall Street Journal, Globo TV and elsewhere.

Roberto has a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Jorge Paulo Lemann fellow, and a Master’s in International Relations from the University of the State of Sao Paulo (UNESP). Follow him on Twitter @robertosimon

Benjamin Russell is a senior editor and correspondent in Mexico City for Americas Quarterly. He has worked in public policy, non-profit communications and international development in the U.S. and Latin America, including in the micro-finance sector in Colombia. He received an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @benpaulrussell.

Sarah Bons is the business manager for Americas Quarterly and oversees funding, institutional relationships, outreach and events for the magazine. Prior to joining AQ, Sarah worked in the wine industry in Buenos Aires and was managing editor for Southern Pulse - Networked Intelligence. Sarah earned a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish with a focus on Latin America from the Ohio State University. Follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahdbons.

Brendan O’Boyle is a senior editor at Americas Quarterly, where he writes about Latin American politics, tells stories with graphics and manages the publication’s social media presence. Since joining AQ when it relaunched in 2015, he has reported on everything from Mauricio Macri’s reform efforts in Argentina and anti-LGBT politics in Colombia to student activism in Chile and urban renewal in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Brendan has been featured as an expert on Latin American issues in various outlets, including The Washington Post, Televisa and El Pais. A North Carolina native and UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, Brendan has also lived in Argentina, Ecuador and Kenya. Follow Brendan on Twitter @BrenOBoyle.

Ben Miller is the production editor for Americas Quarterly. Prior to joining AQ, Ben split his time working in journalism and education. He has reported on politics and culture for outlets such as Gothamist, Flipboard and Argentina Independent, as well as several independent podcasts. An NYC native, Ben ventured away from home to study at UBA Filo in Buenos Aires and Bowdoin College in Maine, where he received his B.A. in English Literature and Hispanic Studies with a certificate in teaching. Follow Ben on Twitter @BenMiller_Tweet

Nikita Kataev is the assistant art director at Americas Quarterly. He has worked on various freelance projects in print design, branding and information design. Nikita earned his B.A. in Digital Design from the City College of New York and a History Degree from Saint Petersburg State University, Russia.

Emilie Sweigart is a policy consultant at Americas Quarterly. She has written for AQ about regional security policy and corruption in the infrastructure sector. Prior to joining AQ, Emilie interned at the Council on Foreign Relations and was a contributing editor for Southern Pulse - Networked Intelligence. She has lived in Chile and Spain and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese and French. Emilie received a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University and an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Regional Studies from Columbia University. Follow Emilie on Twitter @EmilieSweigart


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