About Us

The North American Research Partnership (NARP) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit think-tank that conducts applied research on how the United States, Mexico and Canada can better position themselves for success in the 21st century. NARP places particular emphasis on trade and how communities and regions—particularly those in the relatively poor U.S.-Mexico border region—can effectively utilize the forces of globalization to their greatest advantage. NARP works on a broad range of interrelated international policy topics that intersect with trade including energy, sustainability, security, and education.NARP organizes its applied work through reports, white papers, strategic policy events, technical evaluations, legislative testimony and ongoing outreach to the public and private sectors as well as the news media. We work on projects with a number of entities, including federal, state and city government agencies, economic development agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, chambers of commerce, and related organizations.

Current and past research projects include:
Key presentations and testimony include:
  • Competitive Border Communities report presentation, ProMéxico, Mexico City, March 3, 2016
  • Competitive Border Communities report presentation, Mexico Institute/Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, September 30, 2015
  • U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition report presentation at the Mexican Foreign Ministry, Mexico City, March 12, 2015
  • Testimony to the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, October 1, 2014
  • Testimony to the Joint Committee to Study Border Wait Times, Texas Legislature, El Paso, Texas, September 10, 2014
Media Coverage
NARP’s work and commentary have been featured by a variety of media outlets, including:
  • New York Times
  • The Economist
  • The Atlantic
  • Associated Press
  • Forbes
  • Arizona Republic
  • Arizona Daily Star
  • Fronteras public radio
  • Nogales International
  • Frontera Desk
  • San Diego Union-Tribune
  • El Paso Times
  • Texas Tribune
  • El Daily Post
  • El Imparcial
  • El Universal

Staff
Erik Lee, Executive Director and Director, Trade Portfolio
Rick Van Schoik, Director, Energy and Sustainability Portfolios

Board of Advisors
Ambassador Hattie Babbitt, Attorney at Law; Chair, U.S. Water Partnership; former Ambassador to the Organization of American States
Andy Carey, Executive Director, Border Philanthropy Partnership
Denise Moreno Ducheny, Former California State Senator and Assemblymember; past President, Border Legislative Conference
Pedro LaFarga, Director Comercial, Samsung Mexico & Chief Financial & Planning Officer, Field Intelligence
Isidro Morales, Director, Tec de Monterrey School for Public Policy and Foreign Policy magazine, Mexico edition
Ambassador John Maisto, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States, Nicaragua and Venezuela
Silvia Núñez Garcia, Director, Center for the Research on North America, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Admiral Eric T. Olson (Ret.), independent national security consultant and former head of United States Special Operations Command
Colin Robertson, Vice President, Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute
Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Javier Treviño Cantú, Undersecretary for Planning and Policy Evaluation, Secretariat of Public Education, Mexico
Lisa Urias, President and CEO, Urias Communications