Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy - Staff


Carlos Portales, Program Director

Mr. Portales founded the Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy at the end of 2010 after retiring from Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His most recent position was Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva where he served as Vice President of the Human Rights Council and Chairman of the Biological Weapons Convention. He twice served as Chile’s Director General for Foreign Policy where he oversaw both bilateral and multilateral foreign policies. He was also Director for Policy Planning of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of the Chilean Diplomatic Academy "Andres Bello". His previous ambassadorial postings abroad were in Washington, D.C. as Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States and as Ambassador in Mexico. Prior to government service he was a senior researcher at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences. He holds an MA from Stanford University.

Marc LeBlanc, Program Coordinator

Mr. LeBlanc joined the program in August 2011 after graduating from the American University School of International Service with an MA in International Politics specializing in International Organization and International Development. He had internships with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Creative Learning’s America’s Unofficial Ambassadors program, and the National Council for International Visitors. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco in the youth development sector and taught English in South Korea. He also holds a BA in International Studies and French from Dickinson College.