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Mark Schneider

Senior Vice President / Special Adviser on Latin America
Washington, DC, USA


Mark L. Schneider joined the International Crisis Group in spring 2001 as Senior Vice President and Special Adviser on Latin America. He directs the Washington advocacy office, conveying Crisis Group analyses and recommendations to the White House, the State Department, the Department of Defense, and Congress, as well as the World Bank and other international organisations. He also serves as special adviser on Latin America and on HIV/AIDS and security. In that role he has traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan four times in recent years, to West Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and the Eritrea, Haiti and the Andes and the Balkans. He has testified numerous times before Senate and House committees.


Mr Schneider served as the Director of the Peace Corps from 1999-2001. As the Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development 1993-1999 for Latin America and the Caribbean, he oversaw the post conflict reconstruction programs in Central America and coordinated the response to Hurricane Mitch. He led U.S. delegations to donor conferences for El Salvador, Guatemala, Central America, Andean countries and Haiti, led or participated in election monitoring in El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua and Bolivia and headed U.S. delegations to OAS, IDB and ECLAC conferences.

From 1981 to 1993, he was Chief of the Office of Analysis and Strategic Planning at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization. He was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs from 1977-1979 and a foreign policy advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy 1970-76.

Mr Schneider received his B.A. in journalism from the University of California-Berkeley, his M.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from American University, Washington College of Law, 2000. He received the Bernardo O'Higgins Medal for human rights work, Government of Chile, 1993; Gran Cruz, Orden al Merito awarded by Government of Chile, 2000 and the George W. Eastman Medal for Public Service, University of Rochester, May 2000. 

He also has lectured at various universities, published articles and essays in academic journals, newspapers and magazines and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR and numerous other radio and television news programs. He is a member of the board of trustees of American University and a member of an advisory group to the Secretary-General of the OAS.

Areas of expertise:

  • Post-conflict reconstruction and nation-building (Afghanistan, etc.)
  • U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century
  • Latin American and Caribbean issues
  • HIV/AIDS and security

Professional background:

  • Director, Peace Corps, Washington, DC (1999-2001)
  • Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Agency for International Development (1993-1999)
  • Chief, Office of Analysis and Strategic Planning, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) (1981-1993)
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights (1977-1979)


  • English (native)
  • Spanish (fluent)
  • French (conversant)