Washington, D.C. — Today the Center for American Progress announced that Dan Restrepo, a former advisor to President Barack Obama, will be returning to CAP as a Senior Fellow. In his role, Restrepo will engage on a broad range of national security issues, including policy related to Latin America, an issue area in which he has amassed extensive experience.
“We are excited to welcome Dan Restrepo back to the Center for American Progress as a Senior Fellow,” said Neera Tanden, President of CAP. “Dan was a key architect of President Obama’s Latin America policy and as such, his knowledge and firsthand experience in the region will help build CAP’s Latin America presence as well as help further understanding of this critical region in Washington.”
For nearly six years and through two presidential campaigns, Restrepo served as the principal advisor to President 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.