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Giovanna Alvarez-Negretti

Giovanna Alvarez-Negretti

Giovanna Alvarez-Negretti
Photo: AFSC
Middle East Regional Director
Areas of Expertise: 
Human rights | Middle East politics | Civic engagement

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.

Her work has been featured in Boston Magazine, the Boston Globe, and on AFSC’s Acting in Faith blog.