Leadership / Advisors
Visión Américas has assembled a team with the breadth of experience and contacts that will give your company the competitive edge. Our advisors who work with us on every issue have performed at the highest levels on the national and international stage.
Meet Our Leadership:
Ambassador Roger F. Noriega has more than two decades of public policy experience focusing on U.S. interests in the Western Hemisphere. Twice appointed by
President George W. Bush (and confirmed by the U.S. Senate) and with 10-year career on Capitol Hill, Ambassador Noriega’s breadth of experience and contacts offer strategic vision and practical
insight on U.S. foreign policy and aid programs. Noriega is the founder and managing director of Visión Américas LLC, which advises U.S. and foreign clients on international business issues, and
also is a visiting fellow at the prestigious American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Award Foundation and as
a member of the advisory boards of the Canadian American Border Trade Partnership and The Americano, an online forum reaching out to Latino voters.
The Honorable Francisco Flores served in various cabinet appointments and as President of Congress before becoming President of El Salvador in 1999. During his
administration (1999-2004), El Salvador achieved the most accelerated poverty reduction rate in Latin America. President Flores was successful in fostering profound reforms in key institutions and in promoting the greatest public investment in the country's history. Fiscal deficits were reduced, economic stability was consolidated through a new monetary regime, interest rates and inflation were reduced to the lowest levels in 25 years, and new opportunities were created by his leadership to advance create a vigorous Central American integration process.
The Flores administration transformed a nation associated with violence and poverty into an example of growth and human development. After being elected with 52% of the vote, President Flores finished his term with 76% support. President Flores is a graduate of Amherst College. He currently presides at The America Libre Institute, an organization dedicated to fostering the best practices in fighting poverty and achieving sustained growth through a system that respects human individual freedom.
The Honorable Paula J. Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs from 2001–2009. In this capacity, Dr. Dobriansky was responsible for a broad range of foreign policy issues, including democracy, human rights, labor, refugee and humanitarian relief matters, and environmental/science issues. She was also designated as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues and in February 2007 was appointed the President's Special Envoy on Northern Ireland, with the rank of Ambassador. Dr. Dobriansky continues to lecture and publish articles, book chapters and op-ed pieces on foreign affairs-related topics. Currently, she is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is a Senior International Affairs and Trade Advisor at the law firm of Baker Hostetler.
The Honorable Ted Brennan has over 12 years of experience on Capitol Hill. During his tenure, Mr. Brennan advised Congressional leaders on all aspects of U.S. interests in the Western Hemisphere. Mr. Brennan lead successful Congressional efforts to provide reliable aid to Colombia and the Andean Ridge, worked to build strong economic and security relationships in the region, and helped develop the proposed social investment fund for the Americas. Since leaving government, Mr. Brennan has been advising companies on investment strategies in Latin America, promoting corporate social responsibility programs and improving transparency and the rule of law. Mr. Brennan was elected to serve as commissioner of the town of Emmitsburg, Maryland. Mr. Brennan is known for his strong bipartisan relationships with Congressional Members and Staff.
The Honorable Silvia Hernandez, a former Mexican Senator Silvia Hernandez is head of Estrategia Publica Consultores a recognized consulting firm. She served ably in the Senate of Mexico for 15 years, where she chaired the Committee of Foreign Affairs of North America and the Committee on Competitiveness. Under the Administration of President Ernesto Zedillo, Senator Hernandez served as Minister of Tourism.
Ms. Sharon Isralow retired after 30 years of federal service at USAID. Ms. Isralow spent a decade managing democracy and governance programs in Latin America (1988-1998), then moved to USAID's Bureau for Africa to work on the Liberia and Sierra Leone wars. In 2001, she became chief of the Africa Bureau's peacebuilding and governance division, managing a staff of technical experts engaged in democracy and good governance, counter-extremism, conflict mitigation and management, and civil-military relations. Upon her retirement in 2009, she was honored with an outstanding career achievement award for her sustained work in the area of reconstruction and stabilization, with particular expertise in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration.
Ambassador Linda Jewell has years of diplomatic service in the Americas and experience with the foreign policy bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. From 2005-2008 she was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ecuador. Prior to that she was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Mexico and Canada, focusing especially on trade and border issues and was Deputy Ambassador in Costa Rica, working closely with the U.S. business community.
Ambassador Ana Navarro represents private and public clients on federal issues, particularly related to immigration, trade and policy affecting Central America. In 2001, Ms. Navarro served as Ambassador to the United Nation's Human Rights Commission which helped condemn Cuba's human right's abuses. She has served on the Board of the National Immigration Forum, South Florida Boys Scouts, Florida FTAA, and currently serves on the Miami Dade College Foundation.
Mr. Rodrigo F. Román has worked in real estate development and acquisitions in Miami, Northern Virginia and New York City. Mr. Román previously served as Economic Advisor to Presidents of El Salvador and Nicaragua. He also served as Advisor to the President of the Nicaraguan National Assembly. After graduating with an A.B. in economics, cum laude, from Harvard College, Mr. Román, worked as a commercial banker in New York City.
Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein is Senior Counsel with an international law fim in the Global and Corporate & Securities departments. From 2001-2005, he served as Ambassador to Uruguay, during which, he helped facilitate a $1.5 billion U.S. Treasury loan to salvage Uruguay's banking system. As an attorney, Silverstein has represented multi-national corporations and is a member of the bars of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and US Court of International Trade. Silverstein received his LLM from University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD from Temple Law School (senior member of Law Review) and BA in Political Science from Rutgers College.