College of Arts and Science
Bachelor of Arts, May 2010
Major: International Relations, Honors Program
Client Development Analyst
Claudia Pérez Pellicer graduated from NYU with a B.A. in International Relations, Summa Cum Laude. As a Cuban exile who has lived most of her life in Austria, Claudia experienced levels of socio-political and economic oppression that have driven her personal and professional interest in sustainable development and human rights advocacy. Claudia is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and completed a B.A. Honors thesis titled Conditional Cash Transfers: Missing the Target?, which presents in-depth quantitative analysis of the impact of these internationally acclaimed incentives-based healthcare and education programs in Mexico and Brazil. Claudia is currently employed at Capital IQ, a division of Standard and Poor's, where she is gaining invaluable experience in emerging-market client relations, as well as international private sector intelligence and information management. Claudia is simultaneously completing a Masters in Public Administration at the Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service, and is particularly interested in the integration and empowerment of minority groups and victims of socio-political oppression in Latin America. Claudia will continue to apply her fluency in Spanish, German, Italian and English, and her advanced knowledge of French and Portuguese, to dissolve communication barriers that contribute to the marginalization of oppressed communities around the world. Claudia spent last summer in Bogotá, Colombia working with the AVINA Foundation, an organization that builds alliances among social and business leaders, in a new approach to promote sustainable and inclusive development in Latin America. While working with the region's largest private foundation promoting cross-sector development, Claudia conducted a study of the informal recycling industry and developed partnerships with large corporations, intermediate suppliers as well as community-based collection organizations to build 'Inclusive Businesses' at the Base of the Pyramid. These businesses should be both environmentally sustainable, and help to permanently raise the living standards of approximately 17,000 waste pickers and internally-displaced persons. Most of these live in the slums of Bogotá and Medellin and many are single-female heads of households that support their families on $1-2 per day. Claudia is determined to continue leveraging new networks and supply chains to produce inclusive businesses and power-structures that can reduce inequality and empower the poorest members of a broader global community.