Institute of the Americas

La Jolla, CA   |  https://iamericas.org

Mission

To be a catalyst for promoting economic development and integration, emphasizing the role of the private sector, as a means to improve the economic and social well being of the people of the Americas.

Ruling year info

1982

President & CEO

Mr. Richard Kiy

Main address

10111 N. Torrey Pines Rd.

La Jolla, CA 92037 USA

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EIN

95-3671557

NTEE code info

International Democracy & Civil Society Development (Q35)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Promoting policies for development, trade and investment, good government & regional integration in the Americas with an emphasis on energy & sustainability; environment & climate change and regional economic competitiveness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Energy & Sustainability Program

The Energy & Sustainability Program shapes and informs the public on matters related to energy development, investment, natural resource use, and energy transformation in the Americas.
The program has six priority areas that guide activities, research and program development: a.) Renewables with a focus on accelerating the growth of the cleantech sector in the region; b.) Energy Efficiency with a focus on leveraging technology and policy to reduce consumption; c.) Oil & Gas focused on exploring important trends, challenges and opportunities; d.) Low-Carbon Economies focused on transforming energy generation & consumption and mobility; e.) Enhanced Regional Integration focusing on developing win-win cross-border opportunities; and f.) Stakeholder Engagement focusing on managing complexity for successful outcomes.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent

The Institute of the Americas’ Environment & Climate Change Program (EC2) strives to catalyze climate leadership amongst the private sector and local/regional governments in the Americas, to promote sustainable growth, tackle climate change and minimize environmental impacts in the region with the goal of protecting its rich marine and land-based natural capital.

In an effort to expand its programmatic work focused on marine and coastal policy issues related to Mexico, the Institute has recently integrated the University of California’s former Gulf of California Marine Program (GCMP) as an integral part of its EC2 program.

The Institute is also partnering with the UC San Diego’s Center for U.S-Mexico Studies, the Tecnológico de Monterrey in México, and the Brookings Institution, in a U.S-Mexico Climate Change Working Group focused on examining potential areas of binational collaboration between the United States and Mexico on the climate change front.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Energy & Sustainability Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of participants includes all attendees to Institute forums both virtually and in person through November 17, 2021.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Due to the COVID-19, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are experiencing the biggest economic crisis in their modern history. Without pro-active steps to curb the region’s growing poverty, unemployment and emerging debt crisis, the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic will be felt for many years to come.

Here, the Institute of the Americas is working to catalyze public policies and regulatory reforms that spur expanded investment in the region’s energy sector while also responding to emerging challenges in the areas of the environment and climate change. The Institute seeks to impartially assist governments to make educated policy decisions drawing upon lessons learned from global best practices.

The Institute of the Americas is a non-partisan, independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to be a catalyst for promoting economic development and integration,
emphasizing the role of the private sector, as a means to improve the economic and social well-being of the people of the Americas.

Founded in 1981 by Ambassador Theodore E. Gildred II and co located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego, the Institute of the Americas was established to encourage economic and social reforms across the Americas, enhancing private sector collaboration and strengthening political and economic relations between Latin America, the
Caribbean, the United States and Canada.

The Institute creates content – white papers, reports, policy papers and opinion pieces – and we convene high-level roundtables and conferences focused on these issues and the broader goals and objectives of informing and shaping public policy.

The Institute of the Americas is governed by a diverse Board of Directors that includes respected business and civic leaders with on-going professional and personal ties across Latin America and the Caribbean. The Institute’s staff members have proven expertise on policy and regulatory issues in the areas of energy, the environment, and regional economic competitiveness to further the organization’s mission. The Institute’s staff is complimented by non-resident fellows from throughout the Americas that include former energy related policymakers, regulators and experts.

The Institute of the Americas assets currently total over $15 million. These charitable asserts are professionally managed to safeguard principal with endowment assets providing annual distributions to for operations and programs of the Institute. Oversight of the Institute’s assets is provided by a volunteer Endowment & Finance Committee of the board, which includes financial and investment experts, as well as the Board's Audit Committee.

Institute of Americas has made the following progress with its key programs and initiatives during 2021:

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE (EC2):
In 2021, through its Environment & Climate Change program the Institute led an effort to a) publish an analysis of the Nationally Determined Contributions pledged by countries across the Americas in support of the Paris Agreement on climate change; b) integrate the UC-MEXUS’ Gulf of California Marine program into its organization; c) partner with UC San Diego’s Center for US-Mexico Studies on the US-Mexico Climate Change Working Group, and d) analyzed opportunities for cross-border cooperation in the Californias, focused on blue carbon.

ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM:
In 2021, the Energy & Sustainability Program continued to shape and inform the public
policy and investment discourse across our hemisphere. Our team based in La Jolla, CA and
non-resident fellows in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Canada and England strives to
enhance the debate of critical energy and sustainability issues through timely events and
panels, thought leadership pieces including reports, op-eds and policy briefs as well as
direct engagement with governments. Our efforts this year also counted videos, interviews
and infographics. Our work and programs would not be possible without the financial
and intellectual support of our Steering Committee and sponsors.

In May, we marked the 30th anniversary of the La Jolla Energy Conference. We celebrated by
hosting several programs throughout the month, as well as several “Deep Dive” inter
views. Invite-only Virtual Roundtables each Wednesday provided the occasion for debate
and discussion of four scenarios: 1) Elections and Energy; 2) Future of Transport; 3) Electrifying Everything; 4) Future of Hydrocarbons. These sessions formed the basis for policy
briefs published in June, July and August. Our additional research and thought-leader
ship pieces included rethinking the energy matrix in Trinidad & Tobago, discussion of
changes in power generation dispatch criterion in Mexico, Brazil’s new gas law, Uruguay’s
energy sector, how the region’s utilities can chart a new path post-COVID, and what a just transition should look like particularly as the world descends on Glasgow for COP-26.

We plan to develop additional relationships with in-country partners to deliver in-person programming in more countries across the Americas.

The Institute of Americas plans to continue strengthening and expanding the above mentioned programs and initiatives in 2022.

Financials

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Institute of the Americas

Board of directors
as of 01/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Jorge Rosenblut

Andina PLC


Board co-chair

Mr. Jose Baraquiel Fimbres

Grupo Calimax, S.A. de Cl.V.

Term: 2021 - 2023

Juan Bulgheroni

Pan American Energy LLC

Malin Burnham

Burnham Fondation

Javade Chaudhri

Jones Day

Nelson Cunningham

McLarty Associates

Richard Hojel

Corporación FRIGUS THERME

Theodore E. Gildred, III

The Lomas Santa Fe Group

Rolando Gonzalez-Bunster

Inter-Energy

Pradeep Khosla

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

José Manzano

Integra Investment S.A.

Clay Neff

Chevron Latin America Exploration and Production

Maria Sendra

Making Waves Private Equity

Nelly Molina

Sempra

Shiobhan MacDermott

Tata Consultancy Services

Thomas Shannon

Arnold & Porter

Manuel Estrella

Grupo Estrella

Alberto Vollmer

Fundacion Santa Teresa

David Weaver

InterCap

Santiago Soldati

Charles Wortman

JP Morgan

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/3/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability