Ms. Katja Newman is founder and president of KSN Consulting, Inc. and recently completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at U.C. Irvine. Ms. Newman specializes in constitutional change, electoral law, and democratization in Latin America. Her dissertation seeks to explain variation in executive power over elections in the Andean region since transition to democracy. She is currently teaching Politics of Latin America at Loyola Marymount University. As a consultant, Ms. Newman provides market research, political and economic risk analysis, regulatory and government relations assistance and strategic planning services to companies, nonprofit organizations, and business associations. Prior to founding KSN Consulting, Ms. Newman managed the Latin America Consulting Group at International Technology & Trade Associates, Inc. (ITTA) in Washington, DC. She began her career at the International Republican Institute (IRI), managing grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Endowment for Democracy to support civic development and political party-building programs. Ms. Newman often volunteers as a delegate for IRI and the Organization of American States and has observed 15 elections in Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. She is fluent in Spanish, German, and Danish. She and her husband Sam Newman, an attorney in Los Angeles, have two boys and enjoy living near the beach. In their free time, they help manage the family vineyard in Sonoma.