Whatever happens in Latin America affects the United States, and itâ€™s Senior Policy Analyst Ana Quintanaâ€™s responsibility to provide smart policy initiatives to the President, Congress, and Latin American nations.
Quintanaâ€™s parents fled from Cuba to the U.S. in the 1980s, when the Cuban government demanded that families become communists. If they refused, the government would starve them.
Her mother and father came to the United States as legal immigrants to take hold of the God-given rights that conservatives all fight to secure: â€œthe right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.â€� They achieved the American dream, and their family has always deeply appreciated the United States, never taking their freedoms for granted.
Quintana actively defends the conservative principles that her parents instilled in her and became an expert in Latin American Affairs and the Western Hemisphere. â€œAbove all else,â€� she said, â€œI am a patriot. That is what motivates me, and we should always be actively defending our country.â€�
She found her way to the Heritage Foundation after working at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA.) Her experiences at those agencies led her to Heritage, because unlike the USAID and DIA, the Heritage Foundation doesnâ€™t divorce policy from analysis.
Quintana explained that the â€œFounders of the Heritage Foundation let it be known that if you were affiliated with Heritage, you were worth something.â€� She has been with Heritage since 2014 because she firmly believes that her work makes an impact on the country.
Quintanaâ€™s policy proposals have influenced politics in the Western Hemisphere. For instance, she and her team were instrumental in the Trump administrationâ€™s department transition for Latin American affairs. Alongside Heritageâ€™s James Carafano, she helped devise strategies for the President that are slowly improving relations between the U.S. and Latin America.
She emphasized that she and Heritage maintain strong diplomatic ties with foreign governments in Latin America as well. For example, earlier this year, Quintana hosted the foreign ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. â€œItâ€™s incredible to see those relationships grow with us,â€� she said.
Quintana believes in the Heritage Foundation, and she thanks you for believing in us too.
â€œEverything Heritage does is framed around how to make America better and how to advance Americaâ€™s interests in the entire world,â€� Quintana stressed, and thatâ€™s all thanks to your membership and support.
Do you have any questions for Ana?