Who we are


pamelaPamela K. Starr is an associate professor of international relations and public diplomacy at the University of Southern California, a University Fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy, and a Senior Associate for the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  Previously she was the senior analyst for Mexico at the Eurasia Group and a professor a the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).  Dr. Starr has published widely and is an active speaker on Mexican politics, economic policy, security affairs, foreign policy, U.S.-Mexico relations, and economic policymaking in Latin America.  She received her PhD from the University of Southern California.


Deputy Director

robertoRoberto Suro holds a joint appointment as a professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California. He is also director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, an interdisicplinary university research center exploring the challenges and opportunities of demographic diversity in the 21st century global city. Suro’s latest book is Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue (U of CA Press, 2011) co-edited with Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and Vivian Louie. He is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, where his most recent publication is “Immigration and Poverty in America’s Suburbs” (2011) with Audrey Singer and Jill H. Wilson.  Prior to joining the USC faculty in August 2007, he was the founder and director of the Pew Hispanic Center, a research organization in Washington D.C.  His twenty-five years as a journalist included reporting for the Chicago Sun Times, the Chicago Tribune, and TIME Magazine, bureau chief in Rome and Houston for The New York Times, and covering the Justice Department and the Pentagon for The Washington Post.

Associate Director

DownloadSergio de la Calle received his BA in international relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City, and his currently studying his master degree in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. He worked at ProMexico, the investment and promotion agency of the Mexican Federal Government, as foreign direct investment analyst and an investment project manager. He also worked for the Mexican Foreign Ministry as an analyst in human, drugs and arms trafficking. He is currently a contributing researcher at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, focused on the U.S. international broadcasting.


Director of Content

Johanna ReyesJohanna Reyes is a Senior at the University of Southern California studying International Relations and the Global Economy. Last year, Johanna worked as an intern at the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, under the supervision of Ambassador to the U.S., Carlos M. Sada. She also interned at the ProMéxico office in Havana and currently assists the Board of Directors of the Mexico Innova Initiative. On campus, Johanna works as a research assistant for the US-Mexico Network and the USC Security and Economy Lab in the School of International Relations.


Board of Advisers

rafaelRafael Fernández de Castro is founder and head of the Department of International Studies at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), as well as editor of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica.  He was Presidential Advisor for International Affairs and Competitiveness (2008-2011).  Dr. Fernández de Castro he has published numerous academic articles and books and is a regular commentator on Mexico and its relationship with the United States in a wide range of Mexican and U.S. media outlets.  Previously, Dr. Fernández de Castro participated in the Binational Panel on Migration, which in 1997 published the U.S.-Mexico Binational Study on Migration. He received his BA in Political Science at ITAM, a Master’s in Public Policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in Political Science from Georgetown University.


blancaBlanca Heredia is currently a professor at Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City and Founding Partner at BHR Consultores.  She was Provost at CIDE from 1996 to 2004, Director of the Centro para el Desarrollo Democrático (Federal Electoral Institute) (2005); Dean of the College and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the American University of Paris (2005-2007); OECD´s representative for Latin America based in Mexico (2007-2009); and Comisionada para el Desarrollo Político in the Secretaría de Gobernación (2009-2010). She has acted as consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Norweigan Development Agency (NORAD) among others.  Dr. Heredia is a board member in numerous institutions including the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS), the Coalición Ciudadana por la Educación, and Causa en Común.


carlosCarlos Heredia is an Associate Professor at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City, where he was Chair of the Department of International Studies from September 2010 to April 2013.  He served as a Member of Mexico’s 57th Congress from 1997 to 2000. He did his undergraduate work at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), graduated from McGill University in Montréal, and pursued doctoral studies at the National University, UNAM. He is a founder and current Vice-President of the Mexican Council on International Affairs (COMEXI).  Since 2008 he serves on the Advisory Board of the Mexico Institute at the Washington, DC-Woodrow Wilson Center.


carlCarl Meacham is the director of the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which analyzes the Western Hemisphere from a global perspective and works with policymakers to take a fresh look at the region and bring greater awareness to its place as a first-tier foreign policy issue. Meacham joined CSIS from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), where he served on the professional staff for Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) for over a decade and as the senior adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean on the committee.  Before he joined SFRC, Meacham worked on the staff of two Democratic senators. Prior to his Senate work, he served at the Department of Commerce as special assistant to the deputy secretary, at the Cuban Affairs Bureau of the Department of State, and at the U.S. embassy in Madrid. Meacham is a native speaker of Spanish and was partly raised in Chile, his mother’s country of origin. He received his B.A. from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and holds M.A. degrees from American University and Columbia University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.





Eduardo García is the founder and editor-in-chief of Mexico’s leading on-line financial publication, Sentido Común. Prior to his current position, he led the Mexico-City bureau for Bloomberg News. He has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University (NYU) and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).


image002Jeremy Martin is the director of the Energy Program at the Institute of the Americas, an an inter-American public policy think tank located at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  He  spends his time delving into the geopolitics of energy and closely following energy industry trends and policy issues across the Americas, and is a frequent commentator and writer on Latin American and energy issues.   Thanks to his upbringing, he is also a diehard Red Sox fan, Civil War buff, and news junkie. Jeremy graduated with honors in History from The Citadel in Charleston, SC and a Masters in International Affairs/International Development from the American University in Washington, DC. He has yet to achieve his lifelong dream of being a Stand-Up Comic.