Peter Schechter is the first director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.

An international consultant who has advised many heads of state and business leaders around the globe, Schechter's specialty and passion remain anchored in Latin America. He has more than twenty years of communications and political experience and is a sought-out voice on Latin American political issues and regional reputational risks. He is a frequent guest as political analyst for television shows around the region as well as US-based Spanish language networks, Univision and Telemundo. In Latin America, Schechter previously served as the lead consultant on a host of high-stakes elections—overseeing polling, campaign management, advertising, and media relations—in nearly every country in Latin America.

Prior to arriving at the Atlantic Council, Mr. Schechter founded Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates (CLS) with two partners in 1992. Within a few years it became one of Washington's premier strategic communications consulting firms.

Fluent in six languages, he co-owns Agur Winery, a high-end, boutique wine producer in the Judean Hills, Israel. Schechter is a visiting professor at Ben Gurion University's Faculty of Business and Management and serves on BGU's Board of Directors. Schechter is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University and a published author, having released two novels to date with Harper Collins: Point of Entry (2006) and Pipeline (2009).