As regional manager for the Latin America Program, Cathy Ross leads the program’s operations and oversees its integrative role, providing guidance and coordination to connect opportunities within the region to relevant Open Society programs.
Ross previously worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School, developing and writing cases on nonprofit management issues. She has also worked as an independent consultant in program evaluation. From 1999 through 2005, she served as Oxfam America’s Amazon program officer, based in Lima, Peru. She was instrumental in helping Oxfam frame its focus on extractive industries, and related advocacy on human rights, environmental, and governance issues. She designed and implemented program strategy for the Andean Amazonian region, focused on strengthening partner organizations; securing indigenous peoples’ land rights; and enabling community-based management of natural resources.
Ross holds an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA from Stanford University.