Institute of the Americas

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Institute of the Americas

"The Institute was founded in 1983 to improve the opportunities for and relationships among companies and individuals who currently conduct or hope to conduct business in the Americas." [1]

"Inaugurated in 1983 at the initiative of the Gildred Foundation and the University of California, San Diego, the Institute of the Americas has in its first 20 years become a leading institution in United States-Latin American cooperation.

"Its mission is to be a catalyst for promoting economic development and integration, emphasizing the role of the private sector, as a means to improve the economic and social well-being of the people of the Americas...

"The Institute brings together business and government leaders in forums designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas, seek ways in which they can collaborate to clarify the rules and regulations necessary for private activity to flourish and implement effective policy.

"The original vision for the Institute was the work of two men, Theodore E. Gildred, Jr., a San Diego developer and former American Ambassador to Argentina, and Richard Atkinson, former Chancellor of UCSD and now President of the University of California. These men believed that the kind of collaborative, entrepreneurial ventures which the university has fostered in the scientific and technical fields should be possible in the international arena as well. The Institute was headed in its early years by the late Dr. Joseph Grunwald, an economist from the Brookings Institution. Amb. Paul H. Boeker, a former career U.S. diplomat, became the president of the Institute until his passing in March, 2003. Amb. Jeffrey Davidow, also a career FSO holding the highest ranking in the diplomatic service, assumed this position in June, 2003. Amb. Davidow's last post was as U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

"One of the secrets of the Institute's success is that it has concentrated on Latin American policies and reforms and the opportunities they open for private sector collaboration across borders. The Institute's work has earned it support in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and increasingly the rest of Latin America. Private foundations such as the Hewlett Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts, have all provided significant grants to the Institute. The World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and several economic agencies of the U.S. government have also provided financial support to Institute programs over the years. The corporate sector in the U.S. and Latin America has recognized the value of the Institute's work and has now become the Institute's largest source of funding." [2]

Members In 1998 one of their corporate members was the Capital Group Companies. [3]


William L. and Mary Kay Friend

2001 Annual Report

Directors 2007


Directors (as of 2001)

2001 Annual Report pdf

Directors (as of 1996)

1996 Annual Report pdf

International Council (as of 1996)

1996 Annual Report pdf

Hemisfile Editorial Board (as of 1996)

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1996 Annual Report pdf