Claudia Guadamuz

Legal Advisor - Latin America
Washington, D.C. (ICNL Headquarters)

Claudia Guadamuz is a Legal Advisor for Latin America program at ICNL. She has over ten years of experience working in public policy with a focus in the areas of democratic governance and civil society strengthening.  From 2000 to 2005 she worked as Chief of Cabinet with the National Council for Economic and Social Planning (CONPES) – Nicaragua’s constitutionally established civil society consultative body representing hundreds of civil society organizations – where she played a key role coordinating the entity’s decision making process.  Afterwards, she assumed a long-term consultancy role with the World Bank in the area of grants administration for strengthening civil society organizations, and was also involved in the development of the Honduras Poverty Assessment.  She also undertook consultancies in the areas of poverty, governance, and public finance.  

In 2006, Claudia was called to work for the Government of Nicaragua’s Technical Secretariat of the Presidency, where she was responsible for organizing the public policy dialogue between the Government and the international donor community that culminated in the funding of Nicaragua’s National Development Plan.  In 2008 she assumed a coordinating role on behalf of the Government-Donor Budget Support Group, working directly with Ambassadors of Switzerland and the Netherlands. 

Claudia has been the Secretary General and Professor of Political Science at Nicaragua’s Thomas More University for the last ten years.  During this period she has been continuously selected among the top professors and was recently awarded the prize of Academic Excellence.  For over three years she worked as local expert in the USAID funded ICNL project, Supportive Framework for Civil Society which aimed to strengthen the legal environment for Nicaragua’s civil society sector. 

Claudia has a law degree from the Autonomous University of Nicaragua and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chile.  

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