Immigration Initiative Director Selected for Latin American Forum on Global Governance

March 13, 2014
March 13, 2014 - The Chicago Council on Global Affairs announced today that, Juliana Kerr, director of the Council’s immigration initiative, has been selected to participate in the Latin American Forum on Global Governance organized by the Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius in Germany. This year’s forum will take place in Rio de Janeiro from April 6 to 16 and will focus on global cooperation and regional realities and take a close look at the Latin American region.

Fifty-five young professionals from 29 countries were selected from a competitive pool of candidates to foster leadership qualities and discuss the consequences of globalization in all fields of public policy, economics and civil society. Participants are drawn from diverse sectors and streams of study and are nominated by senior figures in government, business and nongovernmental organizations and then selected by an eminent jury of experts.

Kerr joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 2002 and is currently director of the immigration initiative, where she manages the Council’s publications, research, partnerships and programming on immigration and immigrant contributions to the regional economy. She also oversees the Gus Hart Visiting Fellowship, which each year brings to Chicago an emerging leader from Latin America who is making significant contributions to the advancement of society.

Previously, Kerr directed the Council’s Global Chicago projects, studies on global cities and organized international conferences. In 2007, she was selected to participate in the Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange, spending one month in Paris examining immigrant integration issues. She sits on the board of directors of the Women’s Global Education Project and was recently featured in the Chicago Community Trust’s 2014 On The Table campaign. A dual citizen of the United States and Brazil, Kerr studied in France for two years and earned her degree in international studies and French from the University of Iowa.

Learn more about the Latin American Forum on Global Governance.