Daniel P. Erikson is Managing Director at Blue Star Strategies, LLC, where he leads the firm’s Latin America practice representing U.S. corporations across Latin America and the Caribbean and Latin American businesses with interests in the United States. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
Previously, Mr. Erikson served in the White House as special advisor to the Vice President, where he focused on Western Hemisphere Affairs and covered foreign affairs and national security issues related to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, and Canada. Prior to the White House, he served in the U.S. Department of State as senior advisor for Congressional and Inter-Governmental Affairs and senior advisor for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
In addition to his U.S. government experience, Mr. Erikson previously served as director of Caribbean Programs and senior associate for U.S. Policy at the Inter-American Dialogue. A widely-published scholar, Mr. Erikson is the author of an award-winning book, The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States, and the Next Revolution and has contributed chapters to numerous edited volumes, including China Engages Latin America; Diaspora Lobbies and the U.S. Government; The Diplomacies of Small States; Inter-American Cooperation at the Crossroads; The Obama Administration and the Americas; Latin America’s Struggle for Democracy; and Transforming Socialist Economies, among other works.
Mr. Erikson received his Masters in Public Policy, International Relations and National Security Studies from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.