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About the Summits of the Americas Secretariat


Jane L. B. Thery
Tel: 202-370-0854

Jane Thery is director of the Department of Summits of the Americas, Secretariat for Hemispheric Affairs, the Organization of American States’ (OAS), managing preparation and follow-up to the periodic Summit meetings of Heads of State and Government in the Americas. She previously directed the Department of International Affairs, managing relations with civil society, permanent observers, international organizations, think tanks and universities for this 34-country multilateral institution based in Washington, DC.

From 2010 – 2014 she was senior adviser for strategic planning for the Secretariat for External Relations. During the period 2006-2009 she was the head of OAS – USA relations directing outreach to US government agencies and the city of Washington, DC. Previously, Ms. Thery was the Principal Specialist of the OAS Summits of the Americas Secretariat. She was responsible for the Summit technical areas of: Trade, Investment and Financial Stability; Corporate Social Responsibility; Employment; Growth with Equity; and Infrastructure and Standards for the 2004 Summit in Monterrey, Mexico and the 2005 Summit in Mar del Plata, Argentina. From 1995 to 2001, Ms. Thery was Principal Specialist in the Trade Unit of the OAS where she was actively involved in the negotiations for a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), particularly, engagement of the private sector.

Before joining the OAS, Ms. Thery held senior positions with the Institute for International Economics, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs, and the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs. She began her career in Lima, Peru as the Ford Foundation's International Affairs Program Officer for the Andean Region and Southern Cone from 1982-1985.

Ms. Thery has consulted for the Inter-American Development Bank, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Odebrecht Company of Brazil, among other organizations, and has worked in over 50 countries, primarily in the developing world. She lectures on US - Latin American economic and foreign policy issues, trade policy and development, with lectures at the US Foreign Service Institute, the National Defense University and Yale University.

Ms. Thery holds an MA in international relations and economics from Yale University, a BA in international relations from Duke University and is fluent in Spanish.


Beatriz Piņeres: Specialist / SIRG Coordinator - Tel: 202-370-0667


Savio D'Souza: Communications Specialist - Tel: 202-370-0697


Jennifer Molina-Vrolijk: Administrative Assistant - Tel: 202-370-0707


Patricia Andrade: Consultant/Follow-up and Implementation - Tel: 202-370-0684


Yolanda Torres: Consultant/Social Actors - Tel: 202-370-0763


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