Richard Kiy

President & CEO, Institute of the Americas

Richard Kiy is the President & CEO of the Institute of the Americas. Kiy was formerly General Partner with Alumbra Advisors, a consulting firm with clients in the U.S, Mexico and Central America. Prior to that, Kiy served for nearly 14 years as President & CEO of the International Community Foundation (ICF) where he expanded the foundation’s grantmaking throughout Mexico and 11 other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. While at ICF, Kiy served as Chairman and a founding board member of the US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership. Previous to his work at ICF, Kiy spent two years with PriceSmart, Inc. as Senior Vice President, Business Development expanding its business reach into 6 countries of Central America and the Caribbean. Earlier on, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Technical Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) in Washington, D.C. as well as the Acting Environmental Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Kiy’s other private sector experience includes having served as Vice President for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)’s Mexican subsidiary, expanding the company’s environmental technology solutions and services business in Mexico following NAFTA’s passage. Later, he helped SAIC secure a multi-year $1.2 billion contract leading to a joint venture company with Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) where he was Director of Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) Information Systems. Kiy is a graduate of Stanford (A.B. Economics, 1984) and Harvard’s JFK School of Government (MPA, 1986). Kiy is co-author of the book Environmental Management along North America’s Borders. He serves on the Binational Advisory Board of the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Richard is speaking at

June 2, 2021
8:30 am - 9:15 am



Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), the Co-Chair of the Congressional Central America Caucus and a native of Guatemala, will share her perspective on the importance of addressing corruption and promoting good governance and key preconditions of future direct foreign assistance by the United States.

June 3, 2021
11:35 am - 12:55 pm



While the Biden Administration has committed $4 billion in direct foreign assistance (DFA) to the Northern Triangle region over the next four years, more investment will be needed from the multilateral development agencies, DFA from other nations as well as philanthropy and social enterprise investments.   Our panelists will discuss the role that U.S. grantmakers and impact investors can play in helping to compliment government assistance to promote positive social change.

June 3, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


  • Congressman Juan Vargas (Speaker) Member of Congress; Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Congressman Scott Peters (Speaker) Member, Energy & Commerce Committee , U.S. House of Representatives
  • Mary Walshok (Co-Moderator) Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs, University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego)
  • Richard Kiy (Co-Moderator) President & CEO, Institute of the Americas


Members of Congress representing California's border region will discuss the Biden Administration’s proposed four-year, $4 billion regional strategy for the Northern Triangle region to address security and economic factors driving migration from Central America to the U.S. southern border and communities in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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