The Center for Latin American Studies Welcomes Manuel Roman-Lacayo

Manuel Roman-Lacayo
Manuel Roman-Lacayo

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) welcomes Manuel Roman-Lacayo as CLAS associate director. He brings to the role more than 25 years of service in academia, government, and the private sector. Roman-Lacayo returns to Pittsburgh after most recently being based in Washington, D.C., where he served 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.

A University of Pittsburgh alumnus, Roman-Lacayo earned a CLAS certificate and PhD in anthropology as a Heinz Fellow in Latin American Archaeology at Pitt. He was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship upon graduating from Harvard University in 1996, and was later appointed director of the National Museum of Nicaragua. After leaving Pittsburgh in 2006, Roman-Lacayo 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.

As associate director of CLAS, Roman-Lacayo manages the CLAS team, works with affiliated faculty and staff, and spearheads development to raise funds for CLAS programming and research in coordination with CLAS Interim Director James Craft.