BioDr. Cristina Rodriguez-Acosta was the Deputy Director for International Programs at the Institute for Public Management and Community Service prior to joining the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University. In that role she was responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of the Institute’s programs including projects, conferences, field missions, and the annual Inter-American Conferences of Mayors and Local Authorities. She has been a researcher at the Organization of American States’ Unit for the Promotion of Democracy and at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC. Dr. Rodriguez-Acosta has published several articles on citizen participation, decentralization and local government reform. She has considerable consulting experience in various parts of Latin America, Africa, and Asia on issues of governance reform and strengthening of democracy. Dr. Rodriguez-Acosta received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Political Science from Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, her Master’s Degree in Latin American Affairs from Georgetown University in Washington, DC; and her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Florida International University in Miami.