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
|Preserving and Strengthening the U.S.-Mexico Relationship||Center for American Progress||January 30, 2017|
|Obama’s Foreign Policy of Reconciliation||RealClearWorld||December 28, 2016|
|5 Big Ideas for U.S. Policy in the Americas||Center for American Progress||December 9, 2016|
|A Medium- and Long-Term Plan to Address the Central American Refugee Situation||Center for American Progress||May 5, 2016|
|The United States and Colombia: From Security Partners to Global Partners in Peace||Center for American Progress||February 2, 2016|
|The Surge of Unaccompanied Children from Central America||Center for American Progress||July 24, 2014|
|Ask the Expert: A More Flexible Approach||Center for American Progress||February 27, 2008|
|Fidel Castro Resigns, End of an Era Creates Opportunity for Change||Center for American Progress||February 19, 2008|
|The United States & Latin America: After “The Washington Consensus”||Center for American Progress||September 27, 2007|
|A Failure of Strategy||Center for American Progress||August 28, 2007|
|Soccer-Style Diversity: Representing the U.S. in More Ways than One||Center for American Progress||June 28, 2007|
|Preserving the Chance of Reform||Center for American Progress||June 26, 2007|
|Failure to Fix a Broken System||Center for American Progress||June 8, 2007|
|Beyond Rhetoric||Center for American Progress||March 12, 2007|
|Focus on Interests, Not Personalities||Center for American Progress||March 9, 2007|
|Missed Energy Opportunity||Center for American Progress||March 8, 2007|
|Lost in the Americas||Center for American Progress||March 7, 2007|
|Push for Change, Not Continuity, in Cuba||Center for American Progress||January 26, 2007|
|Refocusing Border Efforts||Center for American Progress||January 23, 2007|
|U.S.-Venezuela Policy||Center for American Progress||December 12, 2006|
|Ignore Hugo Chavez and Move On||Center for American Progress||December 7, 2006|
|An Incomplete Summit||Center for American Progress||November 3, 2006|
|The Border between Fear and Security||Center for American Progress||October 26, 2006|
|The Chilean Heroes of Social Security Privatizers||Center for American Progress||December 10, 2004|
|Ill-Prepared for Castro’s Fall||Center for American Progress||October 26, 2004|