Carla Tena Unna

Managing Associate


M.S. Foreign Service, Georgetown University
B.A., International Relations, Universidad Del Valle de Mexico

T: (703) 516-7807

Ms. Tena has more than ten years of experience working with governments, development agencies, corporations, and nonprofits on trade facilitation, border management, customs modernization, and regional integration.

With Nathan, she oversees the trade facilitation component of our Regional Trade and Market Alliances project in Central America, directs compliance management (AEO, PCA, risk management) activities for USAID’s Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Activity, and manages proposals and business development. Ms. Tena has also advised the World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture project on data and indicators related to border management and customs procedures.

Previously, with The Sentinel HS Group, Ms. Tena advised governments on how to modernize customs and evaluate modernization; conducted feasibility studies for border management and regional integration; and designed, managed, and implemented trade facilitation projects funded by development institutions and the private sector.

With the Mexican Customs Administration in Mexico City and the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., Ms. Tena worked with the U.S. and Canadian customs administrations to rationalize new border policies and customs procedures for the public and private sector while protecting legal trade and fostering economic growth; managed implementation of U.S.-Mexico FAST lane project at seven ports of entry; and oversaw and coordinated Mexico customs’ efforts under the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership.

Ms. Tena also managed a U.S. Department of State project assisting Mexican leaders at all levels—national, state , and local—in developing and institutionalizing educational programs to strengthen rule of law and integrity in various sectors.

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