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March 18, 2015

Contact: Mauricio Vivero


Seattle-based foundation to host panel of experts

to discuss the future of Central America

SEATTLE, WA – On Thursday March 19th, the Seattle International Foundation, a foundation with deep expertise and experience in the Northern Triangle of Central America, will host a panel of experts to discuss President Obama’s recently-announced plans for an historic investment and shift in strategy in the region.

The panel will feature leaders from civil society organizations based in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, as well as other experts on the Northern Triangle and U.S. policy in the region. The panel is the public portion of a 2-day summit hosted by the Seattle International Foundation and Transparency International to discuss transparency and corruption in the region, as well as opportunities for donors to invest in projects addressing major challenges facing Central America.

The Seattle International Foundation, under the leadership of Board Chairs and founders Bill and Paula Clapp, has played an essential role in funding innovative programs to alleviate poverty in Central America, as well as building partnerships to advocate for more collaboration among donors throughout the region.

Though proudly based in Seattle, its impact is on a national and even global scale. SIF played an instrumental role in shifting the dialogue on Capitol Hill after last summer’s unaccompanied minors crisis to focus on social and economic issues rather than simply border security, which culminated in historic appropriations for the region and a call for a new and sensible policy in the region.

This summit will focus on the Administration’s 2016 budget request, an effort that has been personally led by Vice President Joe Biden.

Details about the event below. Representatives from the Seattle International Foundation and panel participants will be available for comment at the conclusion of the panel.

WHAT: Public panel discussion entitled: “Can President Obama’s billion dollar plan change the future of Central America?” Speakers include:

  • Carlos Hernandez, Executive Director for Association for a Just Society (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)
  • Manfredo Marroquin, Executive Director for Acción Ciudadana (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
  • Roberto Rubio, Executive Director of FUNDE (San Salvador, El Salvador)
  • Alejandro Salas, Regional Director for the Americas at the International Secretariat of Transparency International (Berlin, Germany)
  • Mauricio Vivero, CEO of Seattle International Foundation

WHEN: Thursday, March 19, 2015; 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Harbor Club, Norton Building, 801 2nd Ave # 1700, Seattle, WA

CONTACT: Jeff Reading,, 360.888.9520


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