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Mario Venegas

Pearson Fellow

MPP Candidate

Mario Venegas is a first-year MPP student at the Harris School of Public Policy from Mexico City, Mexico. His academic interests include institutional strengthening, monitoring and evaluation, international development, justice, and security. Mario is particularly passionate about designing and implementing public administration processes to enhance the capacity of institutions in developing countries to deliver services.

Prior to joining Harris, Mario worked as a public policy analyst at Fundación IDEA and C230 Consultores. He actively contributed to projects focused on consolidating the rule of law in Mexico. During this time, he collaborated directly with police officers, judges, public defenders, and prosecutors, conducting diagnostics to identify key areas for improvement within the criminal justice system across various Mexican states. Additionally, he participated in the Mexican Attorney General’s Office Technical Assistance and Support program (Mi Fiscalía), where he assisted in the design, management, and implementation of tools for prosecutorial support, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building, aiming to promote their adoption by state Attorney General Offices.

Mario completed his bachelor's degree in economics at the Universidad Iberoamericana in 2019. As an undergraduate, he worked as a research assistant on projects analyzing labor wage conditions for Central American immigrants working in southern Mexican states, as well as income distribution among Mexican households.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.