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CIP Latin America Security staff:
- Abigail Poe, deputy director & director, Latin America Security program: As deputy director, Abigail Poe oversees the day-to-day operations of CIP, manages external outreach and communications, and works with CIP's staff to develop and implement fundraising strategies for the organization's Latin America programs. Poe also directs CIP's Latin America Security program, which monitors security and U.S. military assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean. Poe holds a Master's degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a BA in Environmental Studies and Policy from Bates College. Before coming to CIP in 2005, Poe spent two years in Quito, Ecuador, where she produced a news-commentary radio show, developed and managed an online, direct-to-consumer flower company and worked as a project developer for a local non-profit. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Isacson, consultant: Isacson is a consultant to CIP's Latin America Security program, which he directed from 1995 to 2010. During the 2000s, Mr. Isacson focused especially on Colombia, the principal destination of U.S. aid at the time. His study of U.S. policy and accompaniment of Colombia’s peace process has brought him to Colombia about fifty times, including eighteen of the country’s thirty-two departments. Mr. Isacson has published and co-written dozens of reports and articles, testified before Congress several times, and led several congressional delegations. He holds an MA in International Relations from Yale University. Isacson is currently senior associate for security policy at the Washington Office on Latin America. Before WOLA and CIP, he worked for the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress in San Jose, Costa Rica. He lives in Washington with his wife, Catherine Gelb, and daughter Margaret.