Dan Restrepo

Senior Fellow


Dan Restrepo

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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.


The Surge of Unaccompanied Children from Central America Report

The Surge of Unaccompanied Children from Central America

The humanitarian situation on the U.S. southern border, created by a dramatic increase in children fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, demands a range of sustainable interventions across northern Central America, as well as increased international assistance.

Dan Restrepo, Ann Garcia

Failure to Fix a Broken System Article

Failure to Fix a Broken System

Daniel Restrepo argues that Congress's failure to pass the immigration bill will mean the continuation of an untenable status quo.

Dan Restrepo

Beyond Rhetoric Article

Beyond Rhetoric

For the president’s talk of social justice in the Americas to be more than empty rhetoric, he must take action upon returning home.

Dan Restrepo

Focus on Interests, Not Personalities Article

Focus on Interests, Not Personalities

A long-standing bad habit of U.S. policy toward the Americas will be on display this weekend as the president continues his tour of Latin America.

Dan Restrepo

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