Fernanda Buril

Program Officer & Technical Coordinator for Electoral Operations, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

Fernanda Buril is a program officer for the Americas region and the technical coordinator for electoral operations at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). She currently manages projects in Guatemala, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic, strengthening the capacity of electoral commissions to organize and administer credible elections, combat disinformation, prevent electoral violence, and promote citizen participation. In her capacity as technical coordinator, Fernanda co-manages the IFES’ Knowledge Management Initiative group on electoral operations, coordinating research task forces and disseminating information within the institution to enhance the effectiveness of tools and program activities in this area. Before working for IFES, Fernanda worked for two non-profit organizations designing projects to counter violent extremism and promote interreligious dialogue. She also completed an advanced research internship at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). Fernanda has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington State University (WSU), where she specialized in Political Psychology. At WSU, she taught courses on politics of developing nations, international politics, and gender and politics. Her dissertation focused on the connections between religious beliefs, gender, and political violence.