Bio

Juanita Roca is the Inter-American Foundation representative for Colombia and Chile. She coordinates the IAF’s relations with RedEAmérica, a network of corporate foundations that supports grassroots initiatives. Before joining the IAF in 2004, Juanita worked for Conservation International as technical director for the Healthy Communities Initiative, a grant program to evaluate the link between community well-being and the environment across 18 countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Her more than 20 years of professional experience in international development include stints with Doctors without Borders (Holland), OXFAM-UK/America, Bread for the World–Holland, STROMME-Denmark, Norwegian Program for Indigenous Peoples, and MOVIMONDO. Roca holds a master’s in anthropology with a focus on medical anthropology from the Catholic University of America.