Juan Gómez Cruces is a Mexican national who has worked in the Atlanta office of IDEAS for 6 years. He is the Coordinator of International Institutional Relations and has worked with several consultancies, including helping to evaluate an impact investment fund that lends to 6 countries in Latin America and a major consultancy focused on improving a youth entrepreneurship program to be scaled up to 10 countries. He is working on the programs of IDEAS in Central America and Mexico. Some of them have been developing formal and informal training opportunities for youth in Central America. The program on turning Central American refugees into immigrants with loans in Mexico.
Juan was born in Mexico and finished his BA in the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de México. He taught community development skills to low-income youth at the Open and Distance Learning University of Mexico (UnADM). He has been committed to help low-income youth seek employment and enterprise opportunities. He completed a MA in Political Science at the University of Colorado-Denver and is working on a Ph.D. in Political Science in Georgia State University.