Marcela Valdivia is the Communications Specialist with the Migration, Remittances, and Development Program. Her work focuses on remittances and financial inclusion for migrants in Guatemala.

Prior to joining the Dialogue, Valdivia was a Research Assistant at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington DC. Her research focused on mixed flows of migration in the Northern Triangle, return migration and reintegration programs. She has also been a consultant for the World Bank’s Governance Unit.

Valdivia was a Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown University, where she received her M.S. in Foreign Service in 2016. She also holds a certificate in Migration, Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies from the Institute for the Study of International Migration.