PhD., University of Pittsburgh, Archaeology and Certificate in Latin American Studies Manuel has more than 25 years of experience working in academia, government, and the private sector. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship upon graduating from Harvard University and was later appointed director of the National Museum of Nicaragua. Later, he earned a CLAS certificate and PhD in anthropology as a Heinz Fellow in Latin American Archaeology here at Pitt. After leaving Pittsburgh in 2006, he served as country program manager and as the monitoring and evaluation manager for USAID Public Private Partnerships in Nicaragua and Guatemala, while also working at the Universidad Americana in Managua, where he founded and coordinated the master’s program in Latin American Studies. Prior to returning to Pitt, he spent five years in Washington, D.C., serving as a project manager and environmental and social consultant for infrastructure, renewable energy, transport, and oil and gas projects located in Latin America and the Caribbean.