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 like you from the peace and security community with early-career professionals and students attending undergraduate/graduate school in the U.S. to help strengthen the pipeline of candidates entering the field.

Now accepting applications for the 2021 cohort!

Apply by December 4th!



  • Propel curious minds into the field of peace and security

  • Help students fully understand what it takes to land a job 

  • Serve as the mentor you needed when you were a student



  • Works in peace and security (nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, defense, national security, arms control, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field)

  • Committed to lifting up voices of underrepresented populations in peace and security

  • Commit to monthly meetings with mentee from January to December



  • Attend virtual workshops including salary negotiation, resume/cover letter basics, & more!

  • Learn what goes into a day in the life of your mentor by participating in a virtual shadow day activity

  • Join your mentor for at least one virtual event

  • Monthly check-ins with your mentor

  • Online Orientation and virtual social opportunities with fellow mentors and mentees

  • Access to closed LinkedIn alumni group


  • Identify as Hispanic/Latina

  • Recent or current undergraduate or graduate student studying international relations, national security, government, or related field

  • Can commit to monthly meetings with mentor from January to December

Spring 2020 cohort


Elvia Valle

U.S. Department of State

Foreign Service Officer

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Maria Antonia Montes

US Institute of Peace (USIP)

Senior Program Specialist


Mariana Sánchez Ramírez

The Wilson Center

Communications and Publications Coordinator, Canada Institute


Gimena Sánchez Garzoli


Director for the Andes

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Nury Gambarrotti

Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Legislative Aide

Karim Kamel

Carnegie Corporation of NY

Program Analyst

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Leo Cruz

National Security Action

Associate Director of Communications and Campaigns


Sofia Lalinde

Inter-American Dialogue

Program Assistant, Conferences & Special Projects

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Maria Robayo

U.S. House of Representatives

Legislative Correspondent

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Brenda Lopez

Georgetown University

Graduate Student

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Tori Mullenix

American University

Graduate Student

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Briggitte Suastegui

American University

Graduate Student

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Karla Munoz

American University

Graduate Student

Alejandra Gonzalez

National Security Action

Policy Coordinator

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Liza Maria Arias

Fullbright, Scoville

Former Fellow

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Amanda Quesada

US House of Representatives

Graduate Student

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Carolyn Mejia

American University

Undergraduate Student

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Amanda Lau

American University

Graduate Stugent

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Elissa Teles Munoz

American University



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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