Annual Report 2023

On behalf of the Institute of the Americas (IOA), I am pleased to share our 2023 annual report.   The following are key highlights of IOA’s work over the past year in the areas of energy, environment & climate change and economic competitiveness highlighted in our report:


  • Early this year, we hosted trade negotiators from the U.S., Canada and Mexico for the USMCA Deputies Meeting.
  • 17 convenings were organized with over 1,200 multi-stakeholder actors from the private, public, civil society and academic participating in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, in addition to our annual energy conferences in La Jolla and Madrid.
  • IOA signed a strategic cooperation agreement with CAF- Latin American Development Bank with initial work focused on the energy transition, environment & climate change and e-mobility & sustainable transportation solutions.
  • IOA was selected (along with our partners, ICLEI and RCC) to implement the U.S. State Department’s Cities Forward initiative, providing sustainability-focused technical assistance to twelve municipalities across Latin America & the Caribbean.
  • We expanded energy literacy community-based outreach in Mexico through our Energy Ambassador’s program in Baja California and Sonora.
  • A new sustainable shipping initiative was launched with ship-borne marine pollution in Mexico.
  • IOA established a new Diplomatic Fellowship program providing selected U.S. senior foreign service officers with a yearlong residency at IOA to undertake research and community engagement with a diplomacy focus.
  • U.S. Ambassador to the OAS, Francisco Mora; U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian A. Nichols; and U.S. Presidential Advisor for the Americas, Chris Dodd, each came to La Jolla to deliver keynote addresses at IOA focused on U.S. foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere.
  • IOA continued its thought leadership publishing 16 issue papers and research publications authored or co-authored by IOA team members this past year on issues ranging from energy transition, green taxonomy, sustainable shipping, the economic value of marine protected areas and nearshoring.

To learn more about the Institute’s work and how to give, I encourage you to reach out to explore how our work aligns with your vision for a brighter future in the countries, communities, and/or issues that you care about across the Western Hemisphere.

We deeply appreciate the support of our steering committee members, sponsors, partners, board members, advisory council members, non-resident fellows, donors, staff and everyone in between for believing in the work of the Institute of the Americas.


Richard Kiy
President & CEO