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Carolyn Barker-Villena

Senior Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean

Carolyn Barker-Villena has served as senior regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean since November 2013. In this role, she leads the strategic direction and programming in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Peru.

Her regional portfolio includes agricultural development, particularly in cocoa and coffee, resilience and climate change adaptation initiatives, gender and youth integration, agro-enterprise development, and emergency response. During her tenure, the regional budget and staffing has more than doubled due to innovative partnerships with both public and private sector donors.

Carolyn has previously worked for Global Communities, the RGK Center for Philanthropy, and ICF/ Macro International. She has a dual Master of Arts in Latin America Studies and Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Vassar College. She was named a 2018 Bowe Fellow by the World Trade Center Institute. She is fluent in Spanish and French.