President’s Column – Q4 2022

Dec 12, 2022 | President’s Column

As 2022 comes to an end, the board and staff of the Institute of the Americas have much to celebrate and be grateful for.  

After two years of COVID setbacks, IOA organized its first series of in-person forums and conferences beginning with its energy roundtable in Buenos Aires and followed by its Madrid Energy Conference in April. This past fall, IOA also convened its 31st annual La Jolla Energy Conference attended by over 125 energy leaders from across the Hemisphere.

In May, IOA also convened a two-day forum entitled U.S. Policies toward Authoritarian States in the Americas featuring 19 recognized thought leaders that examined U.S. policy options vis-à-vis Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, amidst changing geo-politics, especially in light of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.   In support of the IX Summit of the Americas, IOA also co-hosted the Pacific Climate Forum of the Americas in partnership with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS)

Over the past year, IOA also partnered with UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS) to become the U.S. coordinators of the North American Forum.  Together IOA and GPS hosted a meeting of thought leaders from the U.S., Mexico and Canada on November 14-15 with the goal of promote a regional approach to security, prosperity and an improved quality of life in our three countries

IOA also collaborated with UC San Diego’s Center for US-Mexican Studies to host the tri-state Commission of the Californias (COMCAL) while also jointly developing an issue paper on the cross-border impacts of California’s electric vehicle regulatory mandate on Baja California and Baja California Sur, Mexico.

In 2022, IOA continued its partnership with University of California Television (UC-TV) allowing the Institute to expand its reach of our programming to new audiences throughout the state of California via their cable channel. 

Finally, a highlight of our year was the celebration of our 40th anniversary with a gala honoring our founder Ambassador Theodore E. Gildred attended by 165 guests including current and former board members, presidents and supporters of the Institute. 

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 our Hemisphere.     

Thank you for your on-going interest and support of the Institute of the Americas

Happy Holidays!