Lee Tablewski is the Director of the 100,000 Strong for the Americas Innovation Fund. His responsibility is to drive the implementation of the initiative, which President Obama has created to foster region-wide prosperity through greater international exchange of students – our future innovators and leaders. The initiative is supported by the U.S. Department of State in partnership with NAFSA: Association of International Educators and Partners of the Americas. The multi-million dollar effort unites and partners academic institutions, foundations, corporations, governments, students and faculty members to seize these opportunities.
15,000 Latin American and Caribbean adult and student learners have benefited from Mr. Tablewski’s programs at the Institute of the Americas, where he served for 18 years as founding Director of Programs and later as founding Director of Training and Director of Project Mexico, and previously at the Dante B. Fascell North-South Center as Senior Research Associate. Both organizations enjoyed locations on university campuses, UC San Diego and the University of Miami respectively.
His work has been guided by the leadership and mentorship of four distinguished former U.S. ambassadors who served as his supervisors, and by a large network comprised of former students, partners and stakeholders. Mr. Tablewski’s activities typically include communication and conceptualization of problems and solutions, creating partnerships and mobilizing resources, managing project design and implementation, reporting outcomes and ultimately, building sustainability.
He has collaborated in his capacity-building activities with several U.S. Government agencies including the Department of State and its embassies, USAID, the Department of Commerce, and multilateral organizations and governments at the national, state and municipal level across the region. Uniquely, he has been able to identify the overlap of common interests with local and international business to mobilize resources for this work while maintaining high quality and program integrity.
Recent programs and policy initiatives have focused on training Latin American and Caribbean journalists, empowering marginalized communities and women, building the capacity of Latin American students in science and innovation and addressing the challenge of community security through action by civil society.