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María Elena Pizarro

VP of Outreach

María Elena Pizarro is Program Assistant at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for the grant process in The United States and Canada Fellowship Competition. She also managed the grant  process for The Latin America and Caribbean Fellowship Competition from 2007 to 2011.


She teaches International Law and Comparative Criminal Justice Systems at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has also taught courses on Immigration and Citizenship at Lehman College for several years, as well as courses on American Politics at Queens College and Brooklyn College. 

María Elena is also a member of the Institute for Multicultural Communications Cooperation and Development, Inc (IF-MC-CA-DI), a New York City-based non-profit organization, where she serves as the Conference Program Advisor. 


María Elena completed doctoral work (ABD) in Political Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Queens College, CUNY, where she specialized in Latin American Politics. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Manhattan College (cum laude), and was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Alpha Pi.

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