Alex Bare is a Program Assistant for the Drug Policy and Cuba programs. In this role, he monitors political and social developments in Cuba and supports WOLA’s work on developing more pragmatic drug policy across the Americas.
Originally from rural Iowa, Alex’s work with Latin America began in 2016 when he studied abroad for a semester in Cochabamba, Bolivia and conducted independent research on the country’s gender identity law. His commitment to the region led him to become a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Colombia for two years after graduating, first teaching at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla and then at the SENA in Bogotá. Additionally, he produced English language-learning content and videos explaining the turbulent 2020 U.S. presidential election for Spanish-speaking circles and later made social media content covering the 2022 Colombian presidential elections.
Alex graduated with honors from the University of Iowa in 2019 with a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish with a minor in Arabic. In addition to his native English, he is an advanced speaker of Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.