Lázaro Cárdenas Batel is a Senior Fellow at WOLA and the former governor of Michoacán, Mexico. Previously, Mr. Cárdenas served as a member of WOLA's Board of Directors.
A founding member of Mexico’s Party of the Democratic Revolution (Partido de la Revolución Democrática, PRD), Mr. Cárdenas was a Representative for the state of Michoácan in Mexico’s Congress from 1997 to 2000, served as a Senator from 2000 to 2006, and Governor from 2002 to 2008.
An expert in migration and electoral processes in Latin America, Mr. Cárdenas has also been a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a member of the Advisory Board for the Wilson Center’s Latin America Program, and the Chief of Mission for several electoral observation missions for the Organization of American States (OAS).
He graduated with a degree in anthropology from Mexico’s National School of Anthropology and History (Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, ENAH).