About Us

María Claudia García Gómez, MPA

Ms. García Gómez is the executive director of Brigard & Urrutia Lawyers (Brigard & Urrutia Abogados) and Brigard & Castro Intellectual Property Lawyers (Brigard & Castro Abogados Propiedad Intelectual). She has over 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors, including national and international corporations. She was a senior director of public policy and communication for the Latin America Regional Office of Merck Sharp & Dohme in Brazil. She has served as the president of the Association of Research-based Pharmaceutical Companies in Colombia (Asociación de Laboratorios Farmacéuticos de Investigación) and the president of the Colombian Association of Hospitals and Clinics (Asociación Colombiana de Hospitales y Clínicas). Ms. Garcia has also worked for KPMG, Research, Santa Fe Foundation of Bogota (Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá), and Colsistemas.

She has also served as the secretary general of the National Department of Planning. She also was the director of international cooperation, director of commercial information on proexport, and systems chief of the National Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and the Environment (Instituto Nacional de los Recursos Naturales Renovables y del Ambiente). Ms. García Gómez a has also been an advisor to the ministers of foreign trade and communications, the Fund for Social Reconstruction and Development of the Coffee Region, the secretary of the Bogota Capital District Government, and the secretary general of the Organization of American States.

Ms. García Gómez has also shared her expertise and time with the board of directors of the Andean Chapter of the International Federation of Coaches, the National Social Security Council of Health in Colombia (Consejo Nacional de Seguridad Social en Salud), the National Commission of Fellowships for the Colombian Institute for Educational Credit and Technical Studies Abroad (Instituto Colombiano de Crédito Educativo y Estudios Técnicos en el Exterior), and the governing boards of several corporations in Latin America.

Ms. García was trained in systems and computer engineering at the University of the Andes and has a master in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also received certification as a Certified Associate Coach by the International Coach Federation. She joined the board of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation in 2008.

A Sample of Recent PAHEF Projects in the Region