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.

Latest by 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.

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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.

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Missed Energy Opportunity Article

Missed Energy Opportunity

A renewed U.S. relationship with Brazil could fundamentally reorient hemispheric relations, but change requires boldness.

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Lost in the Americas Report

Lost in the Americas

Report and fact sheets from Dan Restrepo on Bush's tour of Latin America underscore the poor state of U.S. relation in the Americas.

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Refocusing Border Efforts Article

Refocusing Border Efforts

Dan Restrepo and P.J. Crowley explain how comprehensive immigration reform will allow the U.S. to focus its resources on security threats at ports of entry.

Dan Restrepo, P.J. Crowley

U.S.-Venezuela Policy Article

U.S.-Venezuela Policy

New report outlines a U.S. policy toward Venezuela that would free our agenda with the rest of the Americas.

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An Incomplete Summit Article

An Incomplete Summit

Leaders must take bold action and bring the U.S. Hispanic population into the Ibero-American Summits.

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