Victor Juarez currently serves as Programs Associate at Seattle International Foundation, where he provides support to both the Central America Donors Forum and the Centroamerica Adelante Program.
Victor began his time at SIF in 2017 as Network Coordinator for the Centroamerica Adelante program, working with fellows from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. In this role, Victor facilitated the cultivation of trust and collaboration within the network of more than 170 fellows, facilitated peer learning and professional development, and provided support with assessment and reporting. In 2018, he began working to support SIF’s annual flagship convening, the Central America Donors Forum.
Victor’s diverse background includes working in the higher education, business, entrepreneurship, and tourism sectors throughout Central America. Previously, Victor worked for the Foreign Commerce Office at the US Embassy in Guatemala, where he assisted US companies in making business connections in Guatemala and assisted with trade missions throughout the region.
Victor also worked as an EducationUSA Advisor, where he served as a guide to prospective students applying to US universities. Victor gained considerable experience developing partnerships with different institutions, particularly in the US, between higher education and international institutions.
In 2011, Victor supported the International Organization for Migration Mission in Guatemala, within the Guatemalan Repatriates Project, developing economic reintegration strategies for forced returnees. He ensured compliance of implementation with donor reports (USAID) and worked as IOM’s private sector liaison, creating a supporting network for the project.
Victor completed an entrepreneurship fellowship at the University of Illinois in Chicago, through the Young Leaders in the Americas Initiative program and as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program, both funded by the US Department of State. Victor is based in Guatemala City, his hometown.