Born in La Paz, Bolivia, as one of nine children, Otero came with her family to the U.S. when she was 12 years old. Although her initial studies in English literature were chosen with a career in academia in mind, it was her brother who convinced her that her future lay in helping others. She decided that if she was going to tackle poverty around the world she would study economics, and she also returned to Bolivia to improve her knowledge of the Latin American reality. She returned to the United States to complete graduate work at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she earned her Masters.In her early career, Otero became a program officer at the Inter-American Foundation and worked for five years at the Center for Population and Development Activities. Otero also worked as an economist for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Women in Development Office of USAID.
Herbalife Announces Appointment Of Maria Otero – Humanitarian, Business Leader And Former U.S. Under Secretary Of State – To Board Of Directors
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