Maximo Zaldivar, Chief of Party, Guatemala
The International Foundation for Electoral System’s (IFES) chief of party in Guatemala, Maximo Zaldivar, is an elections specialist who brings more than 20 years of experience to IFES. In the past, Zaldivar has led U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded democracy and governance programs around the world, including Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, South Sudan and Iraq. He possesses expertise in strengthening civil society, reforming political parties, providing assistance to electoral management bodies and developing leadership.
Under the previous USAID-Consortium for Electoral and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) program in Guatemala, Zaldivar led CEPPS’ assistance to the Supreme Electoral Tribune (TSE) as IFES chief of party. This program, called “Elections 2015: More Inclusion, Less Violence,” mitigated and prevented electoral violence, established political financing and campaign expense oversight, provided technical leadership and promoted the inclusion of marginalized groups in society. In addition to this experience, Zaldivar has worked for IFES as a senior elections adviser in Timor-Leste and as an organizational management specialist in Iraq.
As IFES Guatemala chief of party, Zaldivar will work to continue strengthening the TSE’s capacities during the new USAID-funded program, “Electoral Governance and Reforms Project.” This program calls upon Zaldivar’s expertise in civil society strengthening, reforming political processes and encouraging the participation of marginalized groups in society, in order to ensure the continuous development and strengthening of the TSE in Guatemala.