Juanita Islas oversees the IWMF’s Latin America reporting initiatives. She enjoys supporting and working with journalists in Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and the United States. As a diversity and inclusion advocate, she’s also responsible for the Gwen Ifill Mentorship Program designed for women journalists from underrepresented backgrounds.
Juanita joined the International Women’s Media Foundation in 2015. Raised between California and Tijuana, Mexico, Juanita has always been drawn to exploring and deconstructing the U.S.-Latin American relationship, especially in regard to immigration, citizen security and border issues. Prior to the IWMF, Juanita worked for the Woodrow Wilson’s Mexico Institute, the Center for International Policy, the Organization of American States and the National Planning Department in Bogotá, Colombia.
Juanita holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.