Our Team

Manuel González Schuler | Editor-in-Chief
Manuel is a second year Master in Public Administration student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with four years of experience in economic development and project management. He joined the Harvard Ash Center’s Innovation Field Lab as a Fellow in summer 2017, pursuing his passion about city management and municipal government affairs. Prior to HKS, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Labor Markets Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC, and as a Junior Officer at the United Nations in Europe. In these roles, he led the launch of a Labor Markets Information System (The SIMS) with comparable data on labor and poverty available for 25 countries in Latin America; he also supported the organization of global forums for youth: the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris (2011) and the 1st ILO Youth Employment Forum in Geneva (2012). Manuel holds a B.A. in Finance and International Relations from Externado de Colombia University and completed a student exchange program at SciencesPo School of Public Affairs. He is a soccer fan of Millonarios FC, an amateur runner, and a cheeseburger lover.

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.

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.

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.

Jorge Silva | Creative Director
Jorge Silva is a joint degree candidate pursuing a Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Master in Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has oriented his career towards the practice and research of urban renovation processes in medium-sized cities and the effects of social housing policy in Chile. Before graduate school, Jorge worked as Regional Secretary for Housing and Urban Development in the Sixth Region of Chile, where he participated actively in implementing the National Reconstruction Program after the earthquake of February 2010. He holds an architecture degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Luisa Piñeros | Creative Director
Luisa is currently pursuing a Master in Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she has engaged in research projects pertaining to urban mobility and housing in Latin America. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Philosophy at the University of Toronto and has worked in architecture and planning firms and civil engineering corporations in Bogota, Toronto, Boston and Monterrey. She has copy edited and translated several publications at the GSD including the planning guidelines of the research platform Rethinking Social Housing in Mexico titled Revitalizing Places: Improving Housing and Neighborhoods from Block to Metropolis. In her spare time you can find her biking, reading, and traveling to unfamiliar countries to soak up the local culture.