Victor Baten is a policy strategist with over 6 years of experience working with national Latino advocacy organizations, political campaigns, and on Capitol Hill. Prior to attending GSPP, Victor worked for the Latino constituency group of the American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) on issues affecting U.S. workers and Latinos within the halls of Congress and with the Obama Administration. Before joining the AFL-CIO in 2013, Victor worked on the 2012 election of Representative Lois Frankel (FL-22), served at the offices of Representative Judy Chu (CA-32) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Green the Capitol Initiative.
At GSPP, Victor has focused his studies on creating public-private partnerships to address the policy issues affecting underserved communities. He currently serves as a Graduate Student Researcher at the Haas School of Business on a project with the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth & Financial Inclusion. The project is evaluating the effectiveness of a government program focused on micro entrepreneurs in Mexico. As part of GSPP’s Summer internship requirement, Victor worked in the Community Affairs office for Bank of the West, BNP Paribas. He is also involved with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) New Transatlantic Exchange Program, which focuses on the issues affecting German and U.S. immigrants.
Victor was raised in Boynton Beach, Florida and has a B.S. in Political Science from the Florida State University. He is proud alumnus of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and was a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy.