Juan Fernando Gomez
Class of 2023
In 2009, Juan Fernando left his native Colombia and embarked on a journey that now takes him to the Global Human Development Program at the School of Foreign Service.
JuanFer, as his friends call him, was shaped as a development practitioner in Paraguay, where he managed the global operations of Poverty Stoplight, a tool introduced by Fundacion Paraguaya to unlock the potential of individuals to eradicate their multidimensional poverty. Under his leadership, the Poverty Stoplight Global Team consolidated a network of organizations from more than 30 countries that exchange knowledge and add value through collective action. JuanFer also introduced data-management systems, agile methodologies, and design thinking practices to improve the experience of organizations using the Poverty Stoplight. Moreover, his team balanced commercial and social goals, testing different business models that doubled projected revenues while enabling more than 60,000 households to benefit from the Poverty Stoplight around the world.
He brings to GHD his passion for demand-driven approaches to development, also influenced by his teenage years in Honduras and undergraduate education in the United States. During his time at Georgetown, JuanFer wishes to gain quantitative and managerial skills to generate evidence, share stories of success and bring together different sectors to eradicate global poverty. He holds a B.S. magna cum laude with departmental honors in Economics and International Development from Tulane University. JuanFer speaks Spanish, English, and intermediate French and describes himself as an adventurer and an amateur barista.