Kimberly Breier is deputy director of the Americas Program and director of the U.S.-Mexico Futures Initiative at CSIS. She is a policy and intelligence professional with more than 18 years of experience on Western Hemisphere affairs, with particular expertise on Latin American politics. For the past five years, she has served as vice president of the boutique consulting firm Peschard Sverdrup International, leading country risk assessment teams for private clients in Mexico, Argentina, and Chile. She is an expert participant in the George W. Bush Center’s North America Working Group, focusing on North American energy policy and border infrastructure. Previously, Ms. Breier served for more than a decade in the U.S. intelligence community as a political analyst and manager. She founded and managed the first-ever tradecraft team focused on improving analytic writing and thinking on Iraq. She is certified by the Sherman Kent School of Intelligence Analysis as a tradecraft trailblazer and facilitator of the application of advanced analytic techniques and tools to policy questions.
In 2005–2006, Ms. Breier served at the White House in the National Security Council (NSC) Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, where she was initially director for Brazil and the Southern Cone and later director for Mexico and Canada. She also was an interim director for the Andean region and was the lead NSC staffer for the 2006 North American Leaders meeting held under the auspices of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) in Cancun, Mexico. Prior to government service, Ms. Breier served as a senior fellow and director of the National Policy Association’s North American Committee, a trilateral business and labor committee involving senior officials from the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Ms. Breier holds an M.A. in Latin American studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a B.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. Ms. Breier is fluent in reading and understanding Spanish and has excellent spoken Spanish.