Jonathan Fantini-Porter

Executive Director, White House Partnership for Central America

About Jonathan Fantini-Porter

Jonathan Fantini Porter is a government official and executive in the private and social sectors. He currently serves as CEO of the public-private Partnership for Central America and previously held leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityThe White HouseU.S. Congress, and McKinsey & Company.

Under his tenure, the Partnership raised $4.2 billion in foreign direct investment, procurement, and lending in 18 months for projects in the region and delivered programs to 5 million individuals across environmental, social, and governance programs to address the economic roots of migration in frontier and emerging markets. The Partnership has been cited by the President of Microsoft, Administrator of USAID Samantha Power, and the President of the World Bank as a case study on how to mobilize private sector investments for public-private economic development partnerships.

Jonathan previously served as an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company; advisor on national security and private sector engagement to the Presidential transition of Joe Biden; a White House advisor on transnational security during the Presidency of Barack Obama; as a senior congressional aide in the U.S. Congress; and Chief of Staff in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he oversaw management operations of a $6 billion homeland security budget supporting 22,000 personnel in 48 countries.

He was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and has served on advisory bodies to the U.N. High Commissioner for RefugeesWorld Economic ForumAmnesty International, and as a consulting fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Jonathan is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Georgetown University and was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship. He speaks Spanish, French, and German.

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No Place Like Home: How a public-private partnership tackling the economic roots of migration could be a model for economic development in frontier and emerging economies

Since 2014, nearly 10% of the population of Northern Central America—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—have fled their home countries as a result of a complex mix of humanitarian challenges. In this piece, Jonathan Fantini-Porter explains how to tackle these challenges at their very roots. Banner: Shutterstock//Fernanda_Reyes

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