David R. Ayón is Senior Strategist and Advisor at Latino Decisions. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. Previously he was Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Ayón's is also a political analyst, writer and lecturer specializing in Latino Politics, U.S.-Mexico relations and politics in the United States and Mexico. His work has appeared in ten edited books and reference works; Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, which he also serves on its editorial board; The American Prospect; the op-ed and Sunday Opinion pages of the Los Angeles Times, and many additional outlets. He brings deep expertise in mass media and campaign environments, where he has worked as analyst, consultant, and special producer for Spanish language television news over fifteen electoral cycles in the U.S. and in Mexico.
Educated at Princeton, Stanford and El Colegio de Mexico, Ayón has taught courses on politics, U.S.-Latin American relations and Latino Studies at six colleges and universities, including two campuses of the University of California, Stanford and USC, was Associate Director of the California-Mexico Project of the USC School of International Relations and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies of UC San Diego. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a director of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation.