Dina Siegel Vann, a native of Mexico City, serves currently as director of the Latino and Latin American Institute of the American Jewish Committee in Washington, D.C. Since immigrating to the United States in 1996, she has established an ongoing dialogue on democracy, pluralism, and human rights in Latin America, Spain, and Portugal with the diplomatic corps, government officials, Congress, the media, and representatives of nongovernmental organizations, think tanks, and academic circles dealing with inter-group and Latin American and transatlantic affairs. She was responsible for organizing the first Latino-Jewish Leadership Summit in Washington in March 2001, as well as the National Conversation on the State of Latino-Jewish Relations in 2013. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post Latino Voices and its Spanish version, and she is interviewed often by the print and electronic media on Latino-Jewish relations and ties among the United States, Israel, and Ibero-America. She sits on the Advisory Board of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation. Before her current position, Ms. Siegel Vann served as UN and Latin American affairs director for B’nai B’rith International. Earlier, from 1982 to 1996, she served as political affairs director for the Mexican Jewish Community. Ms. Siegel Vann graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English literature from Tel Aviv University and holds an M.A. in public relations from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. In 2014, she received the Civil Rights Award from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and in 2006, the Central American Coalition of Nevada recognized her as a “Distinguished Friend of Central America” for her efforts to foster close ties between Latinos and Jews in the United States.