SEATTLE, WA – Seattle International Foundation (SIF) today named José Arturo Aguilar as its new Executive Director. Aguilar is an internationally-renowned human rights defender and political strategist, with more than 20 years of experience championing justice and democracy in Latin America, especially in his home country of Guatemala.
In Aguilar, SIF has found a passionate, visionary leader committed to social justice with deep experience working with public, private, and diplomatic entities throughout Latin America, the United States, and Europe. Most recently, Aguilar, who goes by Arturo, served as senior advisor and second in command on the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). Prior to his work at CICIG, from 2011-2014 Aguilar was the Secretary of Strategic and Private Affairs and top advisor to Claudia Paz y Paz, Guatemala’s former Attorney General.