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Alejandro Paredes Trapero

Chief of Party

Alejandro Paredes is the Chief of Party for the USAID Advance Program. Mr. Paredes has more than 25 years of experience in leadership, management, project management, strategic planning, organizational and international development. Prior to joining FHI 360, he was Chief of Party for the META Project, led by the Education Development Center (EDC). Additionally, Mr. Paredes was Planning and Monitoring Director for FHIS (Social Honduran Investment Fund), in which he managed a project portfolio that included the World Bank, IDB, USAID, CABEI, Spanish Cooperation, etc. He was also the Implementation Director of the Millennium Challenge Account, a keynote speaker for international congresses in Latin America, and a university professor. Mr. Paredes is President and founder of the Honduras Project Management Institute (PMI) Chapter and Honduras Association for Strategic Planning (ASP) Chapter, and a founding member of the International Committee of the ASP. He has also published a digital book entitled, “Systemic Intelligence”. Mr. Paredes holds a PhD in Economics and Business Administration from the European University of Madrid, an MA in Project Management, an international PMP certification from the Project Management Institute, a strategic SPP certification from the ASP and a Specialization in Management Development from the George Washington University.

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Ruth Chisholm

Country Program Director, Jamaica

Ruth Chisholm is the Jamaica Country Director for the USAID Advance Program. A project manager and communication specialist with experience in behaviour change communication, social marketing, and training and development, she has over fifteen years of international development experience with organizations such as USAID, the Red Cross and Population Services International (PSI). Her experience spans multiple sectors including: education, workforce, sexual and reproductive health, youth development, agriculture and economic growth. Prior to FHI 360, she provided strategic planning, social research and behaviour change program design services. Ms. Chisholm is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Technology. She has provided creative direction to the Literary Genius Foundation—an organization building the reading competence of Jamaica’s youth at the early childhood level, and has been a co-editor for Do Good Jamaica. She holds an MA in Communication for Social and Behaviour Change and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Country Program Director, Honduras

Juan Carlos Rodríguez is the Honduras Country Director for the USAID Advance Program. Mr. Rodríguez has over thirteen years of progressive leadership experience in education development and providing technical assistance for education development projects with a focus on quality, equity, access and gender. For seven years, Mr. Rodriguez worked with the Program for Educational Development of Equatorial Guinea (PRODEGE), implemented by FHI 360. In this role, he developed the country's first-ever education management information system, supported institutional strengthening of the Ministry of Education and served as Technical Director and acting Chief of Party. Mr. Rodriguez also worked as a Quality Education Senior Specialist in El Salvador with FOMILENIO II, funded by MCC and the Government of El Salvador, with Care International on a child labor regional project funded by US Department of Labor, and with the Academy for Educational Development (AED) as a Research and M&E specialist in El Salvador. Mr. Rodriguez is currently working toward a PhD in Education Evaluation from the Anahuac University of Mexico, and holds two Master’s degrees—in Educational Planning and Management from the International Institute for Educational Planning, Buenos Aires and Paris, and in Management & Public Policy from the University of Chile.

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Ana Flórez, MEd

Program Director, U.S.

Ana Flórez is the U.S. Program Director for the USAID Advance Program. Ms. Flórez is also the Director of Post-Primary Education and Education Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at FHI 360. In this role, she oversees FHI 360’s projects in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Colombia. She also advises countries on education reforms at all levels, focusing particularly on transitions to secondary education, school-to-work, workforce, and higher education. She has managed a variety of education projects for clients such as USAID, 3ie, HESS, Millennium Challenge Corporation and for local governments and foundations in the LAC region. Ms. Flórez holds an MA in International Education Policy from Harvard University, and a degree in political science and international relations from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.

ABOUT ADVANCE

To improve youth employability, the Advance Program is strengthening the capacity of select two-and-three-year technical tertiary education programs to provide market-relevant, quality training to disadvantaged youth in Guatemala, Honduras and Jamaica.