Allison Cordell is a former Program Assistant at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, she served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, where she advised municipal authorities on improving efficiency and encouraged citizen participation in local development. She previously was an intern for the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. She received a B.A. in Public Policy Studies (Phi Beta Kappa) from Duke University.