Sandra Dunsmore

Latin America Director, Open Society Institute (OSI)

I lead a team of eight in Washington DC and three consultants in Latin America to determine how to disperse the Open Society’s grant money in Latin America. In this capacity, I oversee all OSI activities in Latin America and act as a liaison between OSI and the Soros foundations in Guatemala and Haiti.

I joined OSI in 2008 after many years of leadership and strategic management experience, most of in Latin America. The majority of my experience is in the areas of conflict transformation, peacebuilding, and democratic development. During 13 years in Latin America I worked for the Organization of American States and the American Friends Service Committee; I also consulted for the United Nations Development Program and USAID. Then I returned to Canada (I’m a native of Winnipeg) as president of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, a bilingual not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preparation of police, military, and civilians for participation in peace operations. Prior to joining OSI, I acted as a consultant to various nongovernmental organizations, including the Open Society Institute.