Prior to joining The Cohen Group, Melanie Kaplan worked at the Group of Fifty, a network of Latin American CEOs. She researched best practices in technology, entrepreneurship and innovation for leading companies in the energy, mining, finance and media sectors.
Ms. Kaplan received a Master's degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 2013. While pursuing her graduate degree, she worked at the Council of the Americas (COA), China-Brazil Business Council (CEBC), the US Department of State, and the Albright Stonebridge Group. At COA, Ms. Kaplan developed assessments of the energy markets in Mexico and Canada and examined US-Mexico trade relations. Ms. Kaplan also supported the China-Brazil Business Council, in Rio de Janeiro, where she identified tariff and non-tariff trade barriers ahead of a Brazilian Government bi-lateral trade summit with China. At the State Department, in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Ms. Kaplan analyzed China-Mexico trade for a sub-regional dialogue, and helped implement the US-Mexico Gender Memorandum.
Ms. Kaplan received a Bachelor's degree from Wellesley College, where she majored in Latin American Studies and minored in Economics. Melanie studied abroad at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, interned in the US House of Representatives, and also worked at the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA) in the Office of Advisory Committees.
She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.