Carl Meacham is a Managing Director in Industrials’ Strategic Communications segment and will be working with clients on cross-border issues related to national security, trade and commercial diplomacy with a focus on Latin America. Carl has more than 25 years of experience serving as a strategist, advisor, analyst and advocate on a broad range of government affairs and advocacy issues in the public and private sectors.
Prior to Carl’s work at FTI Consulting, he led PhRMA’s advocacy efforts for Latin America, Canada and Europe where he worked with governments and civil society on market development, regulatory frameworks, intellectual property and international trade to strengthen patient access to life saving therapies. Before that he was the Senior Manager for Public Policy and Government Relations for Uber in South America. At Uber Carl built an effective government affairs team to work with local, state, and federal officials to shape and influence local regulatory environments consistent with Uber's business objectives. Prior to that, Carl was Director of the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) where he advised senior government policymakers, private sector executives & influential stakeholders on the region’s political, security and trade issues. Carl frequently appeared in Spanish and English language media and published in-depth, action-based reports on the most pressing, and sometimes sensitive, hemispheric issues.
Carl joined CSIS from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), where he served over a decade as Senator Richard Lugar's (R-IN) senior professional staff for Latin America, where he met regularly with U.S. senior government officials, traveled to countries in region to meet with senior foreign government officials, private sector, and civil society actors; managed Committee’s relationship with the U.S. Department of State regarding the Western Hemisphere; drafted legislation governing the Department’s operations to region, including $2 billion budget and advocated on behalf of and served as a liaison for U.S. trade and investment in the region; and authored Committee reports on key issues in the region, including political, trade, economic, security, technology, energy, natural resource management, sustainable development, and human rights issues. Carl received his B.A. from the University at Albany, State University of New York & holds M.A. degrees from American University & Columbia University.