Felipe Deidan was a summer 2021 intern for the Migration, Remittances & Development Program. He is a rising senior at The George Washington University majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Latin America and a minor in Economics. He has actively worked on several initiatives in the region, including social and development projects for indigenous groups through the Fundación Simon Bolivar in Quito. Furthermore, Deidan has interned at several Latin American organizations including the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Hispanic Outreach branch. As a native of Ecuador, he hopes to promote public-private partnership investment and facilitate formal sector transitions in Latin America through people-first development and distributive leadership models influenced by marginalized communities.