Young Leaders


The Young Leaders Program was held the week of January 18th through the 25th.  Ten young leaders from across the country with a distinguished record of achievement and a political profile joined our sister organization, Fundación Consejo España-EEUU, in Madrid and Seville where they will gain a deeper understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political realities of contemporary Spain.  Our program is coordinated in partnership with the Spanish Embassy in the United States and the Fundación Consejo España-EEUU. If you have any questions please contact us


From January 18-24, 2015, nine Young Leaders had the opportunity to travel to Madrid and Seville, Spain, for a series of meetings and forums, continuing the Council’s mission of addressing policies in both countries that affect their business and trade prospects.

The U.S. Spain Council’s Young Leaders Program brings together emerging American leaders from across the nation who represent various sectors of the economy and government. The goal of this is to expose the participants to the social, cultural, economic and political realities of contemporary Spain in order to foster better bilateral relations between Spain and the United States.

In Spain, participants will increase their understanding and knowledge of the country, the history, culture, and its important relationship with the U.S. “The program is an essential tool to stimulating bilateral trade and investment, while bringing talented individuals together around business and government to explore key policy and economic matters. The program itself is an investment in our future, our relationships abroad, and gives its participants a unique experience and opportunity to grow professionally,” says U.S. Spain Council Honorary Chair, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia. This program provides an invaluable, career-enhancing opportunity to nine young professionals, of varied occupations and backgrounds, from across the United States.

This year’s finalists will be representing federal and local government agencies, innovative businesses and corporations, cross-cultural initiatives, and national organizations committed to workplace equality.

Press Release

Jan 29 2015 - 2014-2015 Young Leaders Program Recap

CLASS OF 2014-15

2014-15 Young Leaders Program

Tico Almeida | Freedom to Work | Washington DC

Carlos Anton | Sears Holdings | Palatine, IL

Brad Cole | Illinois Municipal League | Carbondale, IL

Roberto Adrian Fierro | D&P Creative Strategies | Washington DC

Jana Nelson | U.S. Department of State | Washington DC

Marisa Paul | Raytheon Corporation | Arlington, VA

Jose R. Perez-Riera | Puerto Rico Economic Development | Puerto Rico

Soledad Roybal | U.S. Department of State | Washington DC

Daniel Sullivan | Shafik Gabr Foundation | Chelsea, MA

Celina Vasquez | Dallas County Community College | Dallas, TX

Please click here to see past classes.