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.
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 Bloomberg 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. Follow her on Twitter @ctornaghi.
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 Affairs.com, Folha and Estado (Brazil) and El Faro (El Salvador), and his comments have appeared in the Financial Times, Wall 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.
Brendan O’Boyle is a senior editor at Americas Quarterly, where he writes about Latin American politics, produces the Americas Quarterly Podcast, 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.
Mariana Reina is the business and production manager of Americas Quarterly. Throughout her career she has worked across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Prior to joining AQ, she was head of international affairs at an autonomous institute of the Mexican Ministry of Education where she managed an international education program for Latin American migrants in the US with over 24,000 beneficiaries. She has also been a consultant at PwC and collaborated with numerous nonprofits to increase the impact of their programming.
Mariana holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a degree in economics from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey. Follow her on Twitter @mariana_reina
Emilie Sweigart is an editor at Americas Quarterly and a researcher for Americas Society/Council of the Americas’ Anti-Corruption Working Group. She has written for AQ about corruption, security policy and China-Latin America relations. Prior to joining AQ, Emilie was a contributing editor for Southern Pulse – Networked Intelligence. She has lived in Chile and Spain, and earned 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
Nikita Kataev is the associate 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.
Katie Hopkins is an editorial intern for Americas Quarterly, where she assists in the production and sound design of the Americas Quarterly Podcast. Prior to joining AQ, Katie produced podcasts at the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, working closely with the Argentina Project. She also interned with U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, focusing on the Southern Cone. Katie received her B.A. in International Relations from The George Washington University. While attending GW, Katie spent time studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Follow Katie on Twitter @KatieLHopkins
Leonie Rauls is an editorial intern at Americas Quarterly and a policy intern for Americas Society/Council of the Americas’ Anti-Corruption Working Group. Prior to joining AQ, she lived and worked in Colombia at International Crisis Group researching conflict prevention. She has also worked at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington D.C. and earned a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Amherst College.
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