Beatriz is executive director of the InterAmerican Heart Foundation, an organization dedicated to prevention of heart diseases and stroke in the Americas. She spearheads a number of initiatives including “Community Interventions for Health,” a structural and policy intervention demonstration project taking place in Mexico City addressing diet, physical activity and tobacco use; and “Smokefree Mexico”, a program that has already resulted in making Mexico City 100% smoke free. In addition, she has organized initiatives such as tobacco warning labels in the Caribbean, prevention of chronic diseases in the Caribbean, Journalism Awards, and tobacco control research, among others. She is an investigator and organizer of the CARMELA Study of 7 Latin American cities to evaluate risk factors of heart disease. Her organization received the 2009 Luther L. Terry Awards for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control. She is in the Executive Committee of GAPA, Global Advocacy for Physical Activity, INWAT, International Network of Women Against Tobacco, and the Global and Regional Partnerships of the National Forum. She holds Ph.D. from Rutgers University and B.S. summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.