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. The En Voz Alta program pairs Latina mentors from the peace and security community with early-career professionals and students from local universities.

We are proud to announce the Spring 2020 cohort!


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Foreign Service Officer

U.S. Department of State

Elvia Valle


Senior Program Specialist

US Institute of Peace (USIP)

Maria Antonia Montes


Communications and Publications Coordinator, Canada Institute

The Wilson Center

Mariana Sánchez Ramírez

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Director for the Andes


Gimena Sánchez Garzoli

Legislative Aide

Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Nury Gambarrotti

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Program Analyst

Carnegie Corporation of NY

Karim Kamel


Associate Director of Communications and Campaigns

National Security Action

Leo Cruz

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Program Assistant, Conferences & Special Projects

Inter-American Dialogue

Sofia Lalinde

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Legislative Correspondent

U.S. House of Representatives

Maria Robayo


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Graduate Student

Georgetown University

Brenda Lopez

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Graduate Student

American University

Tori Mullenix

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Graduate Student

American University

Briggitte Suastegui

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Graduate Student

American University

Karla Munoz

Policy Coordinator

National Security Action

Alejandra Gonzalez

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Former Fellow

Fullbright, Scoville

Liza Maria Arias

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Graduate Student

US House of Representatives

Amanda Quesada

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Undergraduate Student

American University

Carolyn Mejia

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Graduate Stugent

American University

Amanda Lau

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American University

Elissa Teles Munoz


We kicked the year off right by coming together to meet, mingle, and learn about the exciting program components En Voz Alta offers throughout the year. 



  • 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

  • Can commit to four meetings with your mentee



  • Full-day workshop with sessions including building your professional profile, Pentagon budget 101, writing op-eds, and salary negotiation

  • Experience a day in the life of your mentor by shadowing them at work

  • Join your mentor at least one networking event

  • Monthly check-ins with your mentor

  • Orientation lunch and final luncheon with mentors

  • Access to closed LinkedIn group


  • Identify as Hispanic/Latina

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


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.

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

Applications for the next cohort

will open open in July!


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