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Vivian Brates

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Stanford University, CA 94305

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Vivian Brates is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she attended the University of Buenos Aires. She received an M. A. degree from Georgetown University in Latin American Studies, with a focus in Economic Development, and previously an M. A. degree from UC Santa Barbara in Spanish and Latin American Literature. She worked for several years as an International Consultant in Washington DC in roles such as Human Rights Observer (with the United Nations/OAS International Civilian Mission in Haiti), Election Monitor (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Guatemala), advocate, and lobbyist. She has volunteered for the International Red Cross, and more recently for the Prison University Program teaching Spanish at San Quentin Prison, and the International Institute of the Bay Area preparing immigrants for the citizenship exam. In addition to her professional and volunteer pursuits, she enjoys traveling with her husband and teenage children, watching movies and plays, swimming, and working out.


Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
M.A. Degree, Latin American Studies Program. 1990.
Concentration on Economic Development

Johns Hopkins University / School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC.
Course work on Politics of the International Economy. Summer, 1989.

University of California at Santa Barbara, California.
M.A. Degree, Spanish and Latin American Literature. 1987.

University of Buenos Aires, Facultad de Filosofia y Letras, Argentina. 1981-1984.

Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Bachiller, 1980.



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