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Carlos Ponce

Lecturer, Nonprofit Management

Dr. Carlos Ponce is an educator, researcher, consultant, artist, and practioner.

Currently a lecturer in the Columbia University SPS M.S. Nonprofit Management program, Dr. Ponce teaches International Nonprofits: Management & Perspectives. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty in the John Hopkins University MA in NGO Management program, where he teaches the Institutional Fundraising course. Dr. Ponce is also Adjunct Faculty in the University of New Hampshire Master of Science in Global Conflict & Human Security, where he teaches Global Governance & Human Security. Additionally, Dr. Ponce serves as a Lecturer at Northeastern University Global Studies and International Relations Master of Science Program, where he teaches multiple courses.

Until August 2021, he was a Senior Lecturer in the Columbia University SPS M.S. Nonprofit Management program, teaching and developing the Governance, Leadership, and Managing the Mission-Based courses. Dr. Ponce was also a lecturer at Tufts University, Venezuelan Central University, and Andres Bello Catholic University.

Dr. Ponce has over three decades of experience working in the fields of governance, civil society development, nonprofit management, networking, public-private partnerships, social movements, human rights and democracy empowerment in the US and globally. He has monitored, fundraised, and executed program activities of over $90 Million for an extensive portfolio of private and public donor-funded programs, including USAID, DRL, OTI, DOS, IAF, NED, European Union, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, DFAIT, World Bank, CAF, IAF, Kellogg, and the Tinker Foundation, among others.

Additionally, Dr. Ponce has played important roles as a social, political, economic, policy and management consultant to countless national and international nonprofits, government agencies, private companies, and institutions in strategic management, planning, governance, judicial reform, rule of law, accountability, social responsibility, regulatory, fundraising, empowerment, environmental, alternative dispute resolution, and human rights.

Dr. Ponce also played a role at international and regional non-profits networks; he is a former member of the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy, a former member of the International Steering Committee of the Community of Democracies, and former General Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (Redlad).

He is the Senior Fellow at Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and Museum (VOC) and fundraiser for several nonprofits, managing several DOS and USAID projects.

He was the Director for Latin American and the Caribbean and a Senior LAC Fellow at Freedom House where he successfully managed a multimillion regional portfolio with multiple programs in various countries. He is active in the media as an El Tiempo Latino newspaper columnist, writes op-eds and articles for several newspapers in the US and Latin America, has published several books, and he was the Co-Editor of the Nueva Politica Magazine.


  • D.L.P., Northeastern University
  • M.A.UEPP, Tufts University
  • M.S.E.L., Vermont Law School
  • J.D., University Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas, Venezuela