Hilda Arellano worked for 42 years in the field of international development and diplomacy, serving in the private sector and with international organizations (1972-1987), and with the U.S. Agency for International Development (1987-2014) where she reached the rank of Career Minister. She is currently the Director of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
Ms. Arellano's career in development took her to Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Eastern Europe, Iraq, Egypt and Afghanistan. She also served in Washington, DC as the Counselor to the USAID Administrator. A graduate of Cornell University with a BA in Political Science, Ms. Arellano has a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin. She also received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Antioch College. She is a native of Westfield, NJ and currently resides in Washington, DC.