Ana Janaina (Jana) Nelson

Ana Janaina (Jana) Nelson

Nelson, Latin America Lead, Amazon Web Services Institute, Washington

Biography

Ana Janaina (Jana) Nelson is the Latin America Lead for the Amazon Web Services Institute, helping address the challenge of digital transformation of governments and the digital divide in Latin America. From 2015 to 2020, Jana lived in Mexico, leading Government Relations in Latin America for two multinationals. From 2010-15, Jana served in the U.S. government in the Department of State; in the U.S. Senate as a Foreign Policy fellow to Senator Barbara Boxer; and at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. While in the U.S. government, she worked on the U.S-Brazil bilateral relationship; coordinated the draft of the original Women, Peace, and Security bill in 2012; supported border security efforts; and helped resettle six former Guantanamo Bay detainees in Uruguay.

Jana received her M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Brasília. She is a native speaker of English and Portuguese and is fluent in Spanish and French. In Latin America, Jana has lived and worked in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina. She has offered frequent media commentary and analysis of Latin America policy issues, including in the New York Times, Vox, and Folha de S. Paulo.