Connie Gonzalez is Senior Program Officer for the Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment, based in El Salvador. Before joining CIPE, she served as Partnership for Growth and Alliance for Prosperity Lead and Senior Strategic Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in El Salvador. In that capacity, she liaised with high-level officials of the Government of El Salvador and colleagues on issues of migration, security and transnational crime; economic growth and opportunity; COVID-19 response; increasing opportunities for U.S. businesses in the country; democracy, good governance and strengthening local institutions; and gender integration and youth involvement. She coordinated policy implementation for U.S. Embassy officials; interacted with U.S. Congressional members and staffers visiting El Salvador; and worked directly with other U.S. embassies in the region. Gonzalez led the strategic planning process through consultations with international donors, private company representatives and civil society organizations to develop USAID’s 2020-2025 Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) for El Salvador. Previously, she worked at USAID El Salvador on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, and as a Gender Advisor.
Prior to joining USAID, Gonzalez served as Gender Consultant at the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) Latin American and Caribbean Regional Office in Costa Rica; Director for Latin America, Portal de Microfinanzas at the INCAE Business School Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica and managed a World Bank-funded microfinance education management project in Costa Rica; among other roles. Gonzalez earned her BA in Spanish from Dartmouth College, an MA in Latin American Studies from The George Washington University; and a Certificate in Non-profit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.