Eric L. Olson 

Director of Policy, CA in DC

eolson@seaif.org

Eric provides strategic policy advice to SIF and its Central American partners to promote the Foundation’s priority issues.  

Originally from Minnesota, Eric has spent over 20 years living and working in Latin America including Venezuela (where he grew up), Honduras, and Mexico.  He has traveled extensively in Central America and the region. In addition to his work with SIF, he is a consultant with the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program and Mexico Institute, where he worked for 11 years before joining the Foundation.  Prior to his arrival at the Wilson Center he worked with the Secretariat for Political Affairs at the Organization of American States, at Amnesty International USA as Advocacy Director for the Americas, and at the Washington Office on Latin America.  He also worked for a Member of Congress from Minnesota after graduating college.

Eric is the author of numerous publications on security, organized crime and violence in democratic governments. He has also focused on US security assistance in Central America and Mexico. Among his most recent publications is: “Crime and Violence in the Northern Triangle: How U.S. policy is helping, hurting, and can be improved.” He is frequently consulted by the press to request his analysis and opinions on Latin America. Eric holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the American University’s School of International Service, and a bachelor’s degree in Education and History from Trinity College in Deerfield, IL.

I spent two formative years living in Honduras in the mid-80s. Since then I’ve devoted my life to promoting human rights, justice, and equity for Central Americans. It is a gift to find a team at the Foundation that shares these goals.