Laura Porras is an associate in the Remittances and Development Program at the Inter-American Dialogue.
Prior to joining the Dialogue in 2014, Porras worked on economic development for ten years with private and nonprofit organizations. She was previously head of Corporate Social Responsibility at BAC Bank in Costa Rica, focusing on financial education and environmental projects. Since 2011, she has been a consultant on migration, remittances, and development for international organizations.
Porras holds a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Costa Rica and a master’s in project management from the Central American Institute on Public Administration.
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