Our Team

Manuel González-Schuler | Editor-in-Chief
Manuel is currently a 2nd year MPA student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to joining HKS, he worked as a research fellow at the Labor Markets Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC, where he led the construction of an online platform on labor and pensions indicators -namely The SIMS-. Before that, he worked in two different United Nations’ agencies (UNESCO and ILO) supporting the organization of global forums for youth, such as the UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris (2011) and the ILO Youth Employment Forum in Geneva (2012). He is interested in topics related to innovation, city management and urban development. He is also a soccer fan of Millonarios FC and a cheeseburger lover. Manuel holds a B.A. in Finance and International Relations from Externado de Colombia University and completed an international exchange program at SciencesPo School of Public Affairs in Paris.

Valentín Sierra | Managing Director
Valentin Sierra is an aspiring Master in Public Policy (MPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and holds a Master of International Economics and Finance degree from Johns Hopkins University. He previously served as policy analyst for a Washington, D.C.-based research and consulting firm, and also as managing editor of Vox.LACEA.org, the research portal of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association. His research interests lie at the intersection of productivity, informality and sustainable economic development in post-conflict Colombia, where he hopes to pursue a career in public service. Valentin holds a B.A. in political science from Saint John’s University in Minnesota.

Patricio Goldstein | Executive Director
Patricio Goldstein is a first year student in the Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to coming to the Kennedy School, Patricio was a Strategic Communications Advisor in the Office of the Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers at the Government of Argentina. He also previously worked as an Economic Analyst for the Center for Financial Research at Universidad Torcuato di Tella. He has a keen interest on the political economy of trade liberalizations and industrial policy. Patricio also enjoys running, playing and listening to music, and reading philosophy.

José Tomás Valente | Editorial Development Director
José Tomás Valente is a Chilean economist, currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) at Harvard. He previously worked as a Researcher at the Latin American Center for Economic and Social Policy and as a Macroeconomic Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Finance of Chile. José Tomás also created the Economic Policy Uncertainty Index for Chile (policyuncertainty.com), was Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of Chile and regularly wrote for PULSO financial newspaper. José Tomás is interested in macroeconomics and finance and enjoys writing.

Lucas Urbisaia | Web Editor
Lucas Matías Urbisaia is a fourth-year student at Harvard College, where he pursues an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics with a focus in Statistics. He also studies Mandarin at Harvard’s East Asia Languages and Cultures Department. Before coming to Harvard, Lucas started his own Bitcoin micro-transaction business. Currently, Lucas is on a leave of absence to intern with Argentina’s Ministry of Transport, where he works as a Project Leader at the Undersecretary of Ports and Waterways. In his spare time, Lucas likes collecting old vinyl records and listening to music on his record player.