Expertise: Latin America, Western Hemisphere

Dan Restrepo is a senior fellow at American Progress.

For nearly six years and through two presidential campaigns, Restrepo served as the principal advisor to President Barack Obama on issues related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, serving as special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council from March 2009 to July 2012 and as an advisor to and surrogate for Obama for America during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

Previously, Restrepo created and directed The Americas Project—focused on Latin America and on the role of Hispanics in the United States, their future, and the implications for public policy—at the Center for American Progress. First joining the Center shortly after it was established, Restrepo also helped stand up its government and external relations department and served as deputy counsel. Restrepo worked as an associate at the law firm of Williams & Connolly, LLP, and served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Restrepo also worked for Rep. Lee H. Hamilton on the staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the mid-1990s.

Restrepo, who also serves as a consultant to private-sector clients on strategy, policy, and communications, is also a regular conference speaker and frequent commentator and analyst on various Spanish- and English-language media outlets on a wide range of domestic policy and national security issues.

Restrepo is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

By Dan Restrepo
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Preserving and Strengthening the U.S.-Mexico RelationshipCenter for American ProgressJanuary 30, 2017
Obama’s Foreign Policy of ReconciliationRealClearWorldDecember 28, 2016
5 Big Ideas for U.S. Policy in the AmericasCenter for American ProgressDecember 9, 2016
A Medium- and Long-Term Plan to Address the Central American Refugee SituationCenter for American ProgressMay 5, 2016
The United States and Colombia: From Security Partners to Global Partners in PeaceCenter for American ProgressFebruary 2, 2016
The Surge of Unaccompanied Children from Central AmericaCenter for American ProgressJuly 24, 2014
Ask the Expert: A More Flexible ApproachCenter for American ProgressFebruary 27, 2008
Fidel Castro Resigns, End of an Era Creates Opportunity for ChangeCenter for American ProgressFebruary 19, 2008
The United States & Latin America: After “The Washington Consensus”Center for American ProgressSeptember 27, 2007
A Failure of StrategyCenter for American ProgressAugust 28, 2007
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Preserving the Chance of ReformCenter for American ProgressJune 26, 2007
Failure to Fix a Broken SystemCenter for American ProgressJune 8, 2007
Beyond RhetoricCenter for American ProgressMarch 12, 2007
Focus on Interests, Not PersonalitiesCenter for American ProgressMarch 9, 2007
Missed Energy OpportunityCenter for American ProgressMarch 8, 2007
Lost in the AmericasCenter for American ProgressMarch 7, 2007
Push for Change, Not Continuity, in CubaCenter for American ProgressJanuary 26, 2007
Refocusing Border EffortsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 23, 2007
U.S.-Venezuela PolicyCenter for American ProgressDecember 12, 2006
Ignore Hugo Chavez and Move OnCenter for American ProgressDecember 7, 2006
An Incomplete SummitCenter for American ProgressNovember 3, 2006
The Border between Fear and SecurityCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2006
The Chilean Heroes of Social Security PrivatizersCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2004
Ill-Prepared for Castro’s FallCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2004