We know that a comprehensive national security posture emphasizing diplomacy, reducing the threat of nuclear weapons, and reining in military spending is the most effective way to protect the American people. We also know that women are key to solving our nation's toughest challenges. Latinas are woefully underrepresented in national security—but we are working to change that. En Voz Alta pairs Latina mentors and allies from the peace and security community with early-career professionals and students attending undergraduate and graduate school in the U.S. to help strengthen the pipeline of candidates entering the field.

We are thrilled to welcome our 2021 cohort!


Liudmila Batista

U.S. Department of Justice

Trial Attorney, Office of International Affairs (Criminal Div.)

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Natalia Cote Muñoz

U.S. Department of State

Policy Planning Staff

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Missy Reif

National Democratic Institute

Program Officer

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Juliana Urrego

National Democratic Institute

Program Assistant

John Pope

ReThink Media

Senior Communications Associate

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Mariana Sánchez Ramírez

(Former) The Wilson Center

Program Coordinator/ Communications Analyst

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Laura Rivas


Reconnecting Asia

Program Researcher

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DC Hub at N Square Collaborative


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Paloma Gonzales

U.S. Department of State

Foreign Affairs Officer

Nury Gambarrotti

U.S. Senate

 Committee on Foreign Relations Legislative & Policy Analyst

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Adina Pintilie

Ridgeway Information (UK)


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Sofia Lalinde

The Dialogue

Program Associate, Special

Projects & External Relations

Eugenia Lostri


Research Associate, Strategic Technologies Program

Cecili Thompson Williams

Beyond the Bomb

Executive Director

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Isabel Romero

U.S. Department of State

Security Program Manager


Monitoring And Evaluation Consultant, National Security

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Francisco Bencosme

U.S. Department of State

Senior Advisor to the Acting Assistant Secretary at the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau

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Juliana Urrego

National Democratic Institute

Program Assistant


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Angie Chermanz Monroy

Georgetown University

Graduate Student

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Ariqa Herrera

Johns Hopkins, SAIS

Graduate Student

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Ashley Justynski

Texas A&M, Bush School

Graduate Student

Christina Manzanares

George Washington University

Recent Graduate School Graduate

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Eva Colon

Syracuse University

Graduate Student

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Fatima Rahman

Case Western Reserve University

Undergraduate Student

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Genesis Romero

George Washington University

Graduate Student

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Isabel Martinez

Catholic University of America

Recent Graduate

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George Washington University


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Madeline Molina

Washington University in St. Louis


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Maria Isabel L. G. Sonet

University of Notre Dame

Recent Graduate School Graduate

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Michel Ruiz-Fuentes

Smith College


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Nicole Duque

George Washington University


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Perla Echeverria

San Diego State University


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Ruth Diaz

Rice University

Graduate Student

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Sabine Truyol

Texas A&M, Bush School

Graduate Student

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Samantha Aruiza

U.C. Santa Barbara


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Sol Halle

University of Arkansas


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Sophia Fernandez

San Francisco State University


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Valerrie Craig

San Francisco State University


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Valery Valdez Pinto

American University

Graduate Student

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Elena Johnson Lafferty

University of Oregon

Recent Graduate


En Voz Alta partners are committed to building a world where peace and security reign. They know that in order to make that a reality, we must include all voices at the table. 

Thank you!

The Janelia Foundation 

Pentagon Budget Campaign

For more information or to become a partner, email Andrea Pimentel, apimentel@wand.org.


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