The U.S.-Spain Council, and the Fundación Consejo España - EEUU launched the U.S.-Spain Young Leaders Program in 2001 to bring young American leaders to Spain with the goal of familiarizing them with the social, cultural, economic, and political realities of contemporary Spain, and to foster stronger understanding between Spain and the United States.

This trip serves as a wonderful opportunity to engage directly the subject of economic and political US – Spain and US – EU Relations. Past year’s program included visits to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where participants met with Spain’s Secretary of State, open talks with the heads of the International and Economic sections of El Pais Newspaper, luncheons at the Spanish Parliament where they met the heads of both major political parties. Visits to the US Embassy in Madrid, the US Consulate in Barcelona and the headquarters of financial institutions such as Grupo BBVA and CaixaBank.