Managing Director, External and Government Affairs
Barbara Aliño joined the IAF in October 2017 as the director of external and government affairs.
Before coming to the IAF, she worked for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agencies for more than twenty years managing projects and teams in policy, strategy, public affairs and intelligence. Barbara spent several years working in Latin America assigned to U.S. Embassies in Mexico, Ecuador and Venezuela and as a liaison to the Caribbean. While in Mexico she led the international bilingual communications strategy for new U.S. food and drug regulations for the food export industry. As interim director of the Customs and Border Protection Information Center in Washington, D.C., she led the expansion of worldwide communications, services and website. Barbara also collaborated with members of Congress to promote the agency’s efforts towards implementation of national programs. She advanced DHS’s equities in federal inter-agency groups including the Intelligence Community and the National Security Council. Barbara began her career with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She is fluent in Spanish and French and conversant in German and Italian. She earned her undergraduate degree in international relations from Mexico’s Universidad Iberoamericana. She holds a certificate in legislative affairs, Congress and national security policy from Georgetown University, a certificate from the Sorbonne and a master’s degree in international relations and business from the University of Miami.