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CRUSA Foundation Appoints New Executive Delegate

The Board of Directors of the Costa Rica United States Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) announces the designation of Flora Montealegre as the new Executive Delegate for the organization, who will take on the position next November 1.

“Mrs. Montealegre comes to empower the CRUSA Program Strategy with her broad experience in the field of worldwide economic development, particularly due to her work at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She directed private sector development projects at the IDB for more than two decades and was in charge of numerous initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean in the areas of productivity and competitiveness, technology and innovation, and entrepreneurial development,” David Gutiérrez, President of the CRUSA Foundation, indicated.

The new Executive Delegate has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), Beta Gamma Sigma from the Robert H. Smith Business School at the University of Maryland, a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies and Economic Development from Georgetown University; and a degree in Political Sciences from Swarthmore College. She also has post-graduate studies in economics and political science and in technology and innovation from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

“I have returned to Costa Rica at a point in my life where the experience, knowledge and vocation acquired in the international setting make it possible for me to contribute diverse points of view about directing an organization with a solid track record in the field of economic development and an exciting work agenda focused on the huge challenges that our nation is facing today,” Mrs. Montealegre, the Foundation’s new Executive Delegate, pointed out.

The selection process began in June with the receipt of more than 700 entries from internal and external candidates, all with a broad gamma of talent and experience.

The CRUSA Foundation Board of Directors thanked Michelle Coffey for her great leadership over the last four years, particularly during the organization transformation process. Mrs. Coffey will continue in her current position as the interim Executive Delegate and Director of Programs and Projects until October 31, when she will once again take the leadership reins of the CRUSA Programs and Projects.

At the CRUSA Foundation, we will continue working to create the conditions to be able to accelerate the sustainable development process in Costa Rica.