Maria Oviedo joined the Inter-American Dialogue in 2016 as a program assistant with the Education team. Originally from Nicaragua, she graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Political Science, focusing on development policy. Her senior thesis analyzed the barriers to university-industry linkages in Latin America. Prior to becoming program assistant, Maria interned with the Inter-American Dialogue, Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore, and the Instituto de Estudios Estratégicos y Políticas Públicas in Managua, Nicaragua.