Maximo Zaldivar, Chief of Party, Guatemala
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) Resident Country Director in Guatemala Maximo Zaldivar is an elections specialist who brings more than 20 years of experience to IFES. In the past, Zaldivar led U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded democracy and governance programs around the world, including in Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, South Sudan, and Iraq. He has expertise in strengthening civil society, reforming political parties, providing technical assistance to electoral management bodies, and promoting leadership development.
Under the previous USAID Consortium for Electoral and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) program in Guatemala, Zaldivar led efforts to assist the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Supremo Electoral, TSE). The program, called “Elections 2015: More Inclusion, Less Violence,” mitigated and prevented electoral violence, established political financing and campaign expense oversight, provided technical leadership, and promoted the inclusion of marginalized groups in Guatemalan society. Zaldivar also worked for IFES as a senior elections adviser in Timor-Leste and as an organizational management specialist in Iraq.
As the current IFES-Guatemala resident country director, Zaldivar is continuing his efforts to strengthen the TSE and is now committed to supporting the implementation of the recent reforms to the Law on Elections and Political Parties (Ley Electoral y de Partidos Politicos), approved in 2016. He will also continue to work on activities to promote transparency, civic engagement, and political inclusion in the country.