Alumni Changemakers: Nora S. Brito
Advancing Democracy Around the World
To honor our 40 years, we're celebrating our most valuable resource - our alumni - through 40 profiles highlighting their leadership. Alumna Nora S. Brito completed the Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University in 2011.
Nora embodies the values of honesty, commitment, and leadership. She graduated from American University with her B.A. in Economics and International Relations during which time she also interned at the United Nations, Department of State, and Inter-American Development Bank. She went on to receive her M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from John Hopkins University in the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Nora joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in 2014. She served as the Environment, Science, Technology, and Science Officer at U.S. Embassy Mexico City 2020-2021. Previously, Nora was an Advisor to the Special Representative for Venezuela in Washington, DC. Prior to this assignment, Nora served as a Political Officer at U.S. Embassy Caracas, Venezuela from April 2017- January 2019 and as a Consular Officer in U.S. Embassy Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from December 2014-December 2016.
During her tour in Caracas, Venezuela, she built key connections with young members of the Venezuelan National Assembly. This relationship provided insight as to the current working of the Venezuelan political system and also served to support and empower the young leaders.
One of these 12 young leaders was chosen to become the President of the National Assembly and continued her mission of defending democracy by declaring himself the interim President of Venezuela until fair elections could be held. Nora received the Mark Palmer Award for the Advancement of Democracy for these innovative and effective efforts.
Nora recognizes the value of relationships and through honesty and integrity is enhancing U.S. foreign relations and advancing democratic principles. Her efforts are building bridges and protecting freedom for all. Nora was recently awarded the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) and is working with the International Crisis Group developing field-based analysis and practical policy prescriptions to directly impact conflict prevention, management, and resolution in Latin America.
Thank you, Nora, for your courage and commitment to a government that works for all. Your values remain aligned with your actions and are not only strengthening democracy across the world but providing leadership that will keep such valuable efforts alive well into the future.
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