Executive Team

Photo-Headshot-Joseph M. Humire

Joseph M. Humire

Executive Director

While serving as the Director of Institute Relations at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Joseph Humire began developing the SFS network by running programs around the world focused on promoting security and defense issues to the classical liberal community.  In 2012, SFS spun-off from Atlas into its new home at the International Freedom Educational Center, where Mr. Humire currently serves as the Executive Director.

As a global security expert specializing in asymmetric warfare, Mr. Humire has produced leading research and investigations on Islamic extremism and Iran’s influence in the Western Hemisphere, as well as other topics. His work is frequently sought after by various entities within the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community, as well as prominent think tanks and universities throughout the Americas. Moreover, Mr. Humire is an eight-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served combat tours in Iraq and Liberia, as well as taking part in the multinational training exercise in Latin America and the Caribbean: UNITAS 45-04.

After leaving the U.S. military, Mr. Humire studied Economics and Global Affairs at George Mason University, which is renowned for the quality of its economic scholars. Mr. Humire’s blend of military experience and free market education has made him a rising star in the U.S. foreign policy and national security community, offering a unique perspective to global security issues.

Mr. Humire publishes regularly in Fox News, the Washington Times and the Huffington Post. And has featured scholarly articles in the Small Wars Journal and the Journal of International Security Affairs He is frequently interviewed on major English and Spanish-language broadcasts throughout the hemisphere, such as Univision, Telemundo, CNN Español, Sun News Network (Canada), Nuestre Tele Noticias-24 (Colombia), Mira TV and Mega TV (Miami) and the Foro Inter-Americano of Voice of America (Wash. D.C.).

Mr. Humire has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Canadian and Brazilian Parliament on a variety of security and defense issues, and in October 2014, published his first book on “Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America,” by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing.


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 Fernando Menéndez

Senior Fellow for Strategic Initiatives

Fernando Menéndez, an economist and political analyst, is SFS’s Senior Fellow for Strategic Initiatives. He is the co-author, with SFS executive director Joseph Humire and Canadian scholar Victoria Henderson, of “Canada on Guard: Assessing the Immigration Security Threat of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba” and “A Nuclear Latin America?” in Defense Dossier (American Foreign Policy Council).

Menéndez is a well-known scholar and analyst of Latin American populist movements, Cuba’s economic and political history and Cuba-U.S. relations. He is an expert in the emergence and growing economic and political penetration of China in Latin America.  He writes a regular column for China-US Focus.

During a career as a consultant to institutions and corporations, he earned a magna cum laude degree in economics and philosophy from George Mason University, focused on the Hayekian concept of the “second hand dealer in ideas,” and was awarded with a Graduate of the Decade Award by the College of Humanities.  He has also been cited by clients and learning organizations for his excellence in training and organizational development for over twenty years.

Mr. Menéndez’s work has appeared in The Hill, Fox News Latino, The Commentator, Trending Central and Breitbart London.  He has also appeared as a political commentator on Colombia’s NTN24 television network, as well as CTV (Canada), and the Voice of America’s Foro International.

He is principal of the Cordoba Group International, a strategic consulting firm and has lectured at the American University in Washington, D.C., and the Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala among other centers of learning.


Rachel Echeto 

Program Manager

Rachel is SFS’s Program Manager. She first joined SFS in 2014 as an undergraduate intern in the Fund for American Studies Institute on Economics and International Affairs program. As an intern, Rachel worked on translation of policy reports and op-eds on Latin American politics and the production of the 2014 book “Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America.”

Following her internship at SFS, Rachel worked with the US Consulate in Guadalajara, MX as an intern in the US Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service Program, researching economic and political data in Mexico and creating reports for the consulate. In 2015, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Linguistics, and was awarded the Senior Recognition Award for Service to the Department by the USC Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Rachel continues to work as a translator with Latin American investigative journalists and contributed to research on the 2016 special report “After Nisman: How the death of a prosecutor revealed Iran’s growing influence in the Americas” by Executive Director Joseph Humire. She also recently contributed a chapter on Argentina to the American Foreign Policy Council’s Almanac of Islamism.

Rachel has been certified by the Spanish government as fluent in Spanish at the B2 level, and has lived and worked in Spain and Mexico.