Atlas Network’s Center for Latin America promotes peace, justice and opportunity to all in a region in the midst of volatile change. We strengthen and leverage a partner network of more than 80 independent civil society organizations based in the countries of Latin America. These partners are ideally positioned to develop and implement "home-grown solutions" to poverty and other public policy challenges.
The Center for Latin America's partners share a general worldview that societies flourish when individual liberty is protected, the rule of law is well understood, and governments' powers are limited. In such societies, individuals use their talents to respond to needs of their fellow citizens as revealed by the market order, rather than chasing privileges granted by political class that is often marked by cronyism and corruption.
Building on nearly four-decades of investment by Atlas Network in the region, the Center for Latin America provides its partners with world-class training and mentoring; with grant competitions for project funding; and with networking opportunities that foster peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.
Launched in November 2018, the Center is directed by Dr. Roberto Salinas León, who also heads the Mexico Business Forum and the Alamos Alliance, while also serving as Senior Policy Advisor to TV Azteca and Grupo Salinas, in Mexico.
Under the leadership of Dr. Roberto Salinas León, and with the full support of all Atlas Network staff, the Center for Latin America team includes:
Latin American Fellow
Growing up around the world in Uruguay, Israel, Ecuador, and Bolivia, Gonzalo saw poverty firsthand and wondered how to get individuals on the path to prosperity. After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics at the Catholic University of Bolivia and his master’s in economics from George Mason University, he began his life’s work of reducing poverty. This led Gonzalo to found the Archbridge Institute, an organization dedicated to removing the barriers that prevent individuals across the globe from bettering their lives.
While forming the idea to start the Archbridge Institute, Gonzalo Schwarz was working as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Atlas Network. During his six years at Atlas, he managed key projects including the Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Reform program, the Templeton Freedom Award, the Latin American program, and the Sound Money Project. He also participated as an instructor in various Atlas Network training programs such as the Think Tank MBA and the Think Tank Leadership Training, focusing on outcome measurement and best practices.
In his free time, Gonzalo loves to spend time with his two kids, read, and watch his favorite fútbol (the appropriate name for soccer) team Juventus play.
Antonella Marty is from Rosario, Argentina. Antonella works at the Argentinian Parliament as a public policy advisor and she is the Director at the Center for Latin American Studies at Fundación Libertad (Argentina). Antonella received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad Abierta Interamericana (Argentina) and she is finishing her master’s degree in Public Policies from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina). She has worked as an intern at the Cato Institute, The IFEF and Cedice Libertad. Antonella became the first Regional Director for Argentina and also for countries like Chile when Students for Liberty was in its beginnings. She also became a member of the Executive Board for Eslibertad. Antonella published her first book The Intellectual Populist Dictatorship (2015) with Unión Editorial, and her second book What Every Revolutionary of The 21st Century Should Know (2018).
In addition to our core activities of providing training and investing in our partners' highest-impact projects, we are actively recruiting members for our Council of Ideas -- a community of leaders in business, philanthropy, academia, and media, who want to play an active role in shaping a more positive future for the region. The first retreat of Council of Ideas will occur immediately following the 2019 Latin America Liberty Forum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The result of the Center's work will be greater opportunities and rising living standards for everyone in Latin America. By helping our partners in their pursuit of achievable policy reforms change, as well as a long-term renewal of appreciation for the principles of classical liberalism, we can together build an inclusive prosperity that will usher in a period of peace and justice for all.