Impact Economy Foundation Board

Frank O. Mora

Board member


Frank O. Mora is the Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University (FIU), Miami.

Prior to arriving at FIU, Frank Mora served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere (2009-2013).

He has held several teaching positions, including Professor of National Security Strategy and Latin American Studies at the National War College, National Defense University (2004-2009), and Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of International Studies, Rhodes College (2000-2004).

During the last twenty years, Frank Mora worked as a consultant to the Library of Congress, the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), the National Democratic Institute, the U.S. State Department, the Organization of American States, and the U.S. Southern Command. 

He is the author or editor of five books, including Neighborly Adversaries: U.S.-Latin American Relations (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015); Paraguay and the United States: Distant Allies (University of Georgia Press, 2008) and Latin American and Caribbean Foreign Policy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); and of over thirty academic and policy articles, book chapters and monographs on hemispheric security, U.S.-Latin American relations, civil-military relations, Cuban politics and military and Latin American political economy and integration.

He holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, a M.A. in Inter-American Studies from University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in International Affairs also from the University of Miami. 

He is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, Department of Defense (2012).