Margarita R. Seminario, Regional Director, Americas
Margarita R. Seminario is the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) regional director for the Americas. She is a democracy and governance specialist with more than 20 years of experience collaborating with local partners in organizational strengthening, policy reform initiatives, and civil society engagement. She has significant experience in legislative strengthening and development, legal reforms, citizen engagement, and transparency and accountability.
At IFES, she is responsible for the development and implementation of projects in the Americas to strengthen the capacity of election management bodies, increase the political participation of frequently marginalized groups, and increase the transparency and efficacy of electoral processes.
Seminario has dedicated herself to promoting strong and resilient institutions and encouraging citizen participation and engagement. Prior to joining IFES, she worked with IREX as a senior technical advisor on media and anticorruption program development; with Chemonics as a director of the Democracy and Governance Practice on economic growth and democracy projects; with the House Democracy Partnership of the U.S. House of Representatives, liaising with 15 partner legislatures organizing peer-to-peer exchanges; and in multiple positions with the Center for International Development at the State University of New York, implementing legislative strengthening programming in Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East.
Seminario holds a master’s degree in comparative public administration and development from the State University of New York. She is fluent in Spanish and has working knowledge of French and Italian.