Marguerite Rose Jiménez joined WOLA in 2016 as Director for Cuba having spent the past 12 years working on Cuba within NGOs, think tanks, academic institutions, and most recently within the Obama Administration.
Prior to joining WOLA Dr. Jiménez served as senior policy advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce where her portfolio included the Western Hemisphere and especially commercial relations between the United States and Cuba. Since moving to Washington in 2005, Dr. Jiménez has also worked with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Institute for Policy Studies, the U.S. Department of State and with a variety of other organizations focused on issues related to U.S. foreign policy and international cooperation in the Americas with a special emphasis on Cuba, diplomacy, and global health. She has been traveling to and working on Cuba for the past 15 years.
Beyond her work on Cuba, Dr. Jiménez has a passion for public health and increasing access to basic health services. She spent five years conducting research on immunization and childhood health programs in Latin America and as well as on HIV/AIDS programs, sexual and reproductive health, and primary health care initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has also served as a White House Fellow working on issues of diversity and inclusion and on parental leave polices, taught public policy, and served as the co-director of the Latino Youth Conference working to increase resources and support for minority and first-generation students on college campuses.
Dr. Jiménez continues to teach courses on public policy and Cuba as an adjunct professor at American University and Georgetown University. She is the author or co-author of numerous reports, articles, and book chapters and is the co-editor of two books on Cuba, A Contemporary Cuba Reader: Reinventing the Revolution (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007) and A Contemporary Cuba Reader: the Revolution Under Raul (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014).