Giovanna Alvarez-Negretti serves as AFSC’s Middle East Regional Director. Over the past 20 years Giovanna has been a passionate advocate for human and civil rights in the United States and around the world. She co-founded and led ¿Oíste?, a U.S.-based organization with a mission to advance the political, social and economic standing of people of Latin American descent. She has held a number of other leadership positions in a variety of U.S. nongovernmental organizations, government commissions and political campaigns. Internationally, Giovanna has served as a consultant, advisor and trainer in leadership development and civic engagement strategies for under-served communities in Latin America, the Middle East and Europe, with a particular focus on women, minority and indigenous groups.
Giovanna is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a recipient of the 2008 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, a 2008 Prime Movers Fellow, and a 2010 Eisenhower Fellow. She is a passionate campaigner for the independence of Puerto Rico and helped to lead the movement to stop U.S. military exercises on her home island of Vieques in Puerto Rico.