Congress and the Making of U.S. Policy on Latin America Policy
Speaker: Geoff Thale
Date: October 26, 2020
Geoff Thale is President of the Washington Office on Latin America, (WOLA), whose 27 person staff conduct research and advocacy to advance human rights and social justice in the Americas. He leads the organization and supports its program, communications, fundraising and administrative staff. Thale follows Latin America human rights issues, and U.S.-Latin American relations, and works with staff on advocacy strategy. A long time activist, Thale joined WOLA in the mid-1990s, started its Cuba program, and supported peace processes and democratic reform efforts in Central America.
Thale travels regularly to Central America and Cuba, and has taken numerous congressional delegations to the region. He has published on both Cuba and Central America, testified repeatedly before Congress, and worked closely with academics, government officials and civil society groups both in the U.S. and the region. Prior to WOLA, Thale was the Executive Director of the El Salvador Policy Project in Washington, DC. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin.
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