Keila González is NDI’s Resident Senior Program Manager in Mexico. Since joining NDI in 2005, Ms. González has directed civil society advocacy, citizen security, and gender-inclusion programs in Mexico. Prior to her work at NDI, Ms. González served as director of the Democratic Political Leadership Program at Citizen Participation (Participación Ciudadana, PC), a local NGO in the Dominican Republic, where she also coordinated follow-on activities for NDI’s Leadership Program. During her tenure at Citizen Participation, she worked to strengthen the electoral system and domestic observations in the Dominican Republic for elections in 2000, 2002 and 2004. She has trained and advised political parties, civil society organizations, public officials and legislators in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Kosovo, Mexico, and Nicaragua on best practices for effective political parties, successful campaigns and fundraising strategies, strategic planning, advocacy, and women´s political participation among other topics. Ms. González graduated Cum Laude in Psychology with a specialization in Human Development from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. She also completed studies in negotiation, settlements, mediation, and gender violence assessment.