Máximo Zaldívar is IFES' Regional Director for the Americas

Máximo Zaldívar

Regional Director
Latin America & the Caribbean
General Inquiries
+1 (202) 350-6700

Máximo Zaldívar serves as regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. He has over 20 years of experience in democracy, elections, and political processes.

Originally from El Salvador, he has led democracy and governance programs around the world. He has served in Colombia, Guatemala, Iraq, Mexico, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Venezuela on programs funded by the United States Agency for International Development, Office for Transition Initiatives, U.S Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and the National Endowment for Democracy.

Zaldívar previously worked for the International Republican Institute, Social Impact, Union of Latin American Parties, Central American Parliament, and the Salvadoran Embassy in Guatemala.

Zaldívar holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in human rights, both from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and German.