Alumnus in the News: Michael Camilleri

Michael Camilleri Inter-American Dialogue

Dialogue alumnus Michael Camilleri joined the Biden-Harris Administration as a senior advisor to Administrator-designate Samantha Power at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He will lead a new USAID task force on the Northern Triangle of Central America.

Camilleri, who served for four years as director of the Dialogue’s Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, devoted his time at the Dialogue to issues including accountability and anti-corruption, freedom of expression, US policy in Latin America, and the crises in Venezuela and Nicaragua. In the words of Dialogue President Michael Shifter, “Michael’s accomplishments have been remarkable by any measure and his research was robust and widely respected. He expanded the scope of work with great skill and vision and made countless contributions that have helped make the Dialogue a stronger and more influential organization.”

Prior to joining the Inter-American Dialogue, Camilleri served in the Obama administration from 2012 to 2017 as the Western Hemisphere advisor on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and as Director for Andean Affairs at the National Security Council. Before joining the US government, he was a human rights specialist at the Organization of American States and a senior staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

Camilleri is an alumnus of the Inter-American Dialogue. 


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