Patrick Schaefer

Executive Director

Patrick is the Executive Director of the Hunt Institute. His work focuses on Ibero-American commercial, financial, and natural resource law, with a particular emphasis on Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and Portugal. He received his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law and his LL.M. from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.  Prior to his appointment at the Hunt Institute, Patrick has published work on international bankruptcy and trans-boundary natural resource management, held positions at the law firm of Uría Menéndez, the Inter-American Development Bank, and, most recently, the World Bank Group. Patrick is also an active member of the New York and New Mexico bars, as well as the American Society of International Law and the International Law Association.


Mayra G. Maldonado

associate director

Mayra is a Research Economist who leads the Institute’s work on binational, comparative commercial and financial analysis. She has worked as an Economist at the Central Bank of Mexico, where she led the economic and financial analysis of Mexico’s northeastern border region, and its linkages with the rest of Mexico and the U.S. Mayra has also worked for Morgan Stanley Capital International, where she led the Americas Index Research and Corporate Actions teams based in Mumbai, India, and Monterrey, Mexico. During her time at MSCI, she specialized in analysis of Inter-American financial markets in equities. She received her BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM Campus Monterrey) and her MA in Economics from New York University (NYU) through CONACYT and Fulbright scholarships. During her BA studies she participated in an exchange program with the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP). Born and raised in a dynamic cross-border region (Texas-Nuevo Leon), Mayra is personally and professionally invested in contributing to the economic development of the Paso del Norte region.

Ivan Rodriguez

José Ivan Rodríguez-Sánchez

Research Economist

Ivan is a Research Economist who leads the Institute’s analysis of the legal and market structures governing water and energy in the Paso del Norte region. Prior to joining the Hunt Institute, he worked as Deputy Director for Environmental Economics at the Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático (INECC) in Mexico, where he analyzed and developed a broad portfolio of public policy-related solutions to critical environmental challenges. He has taught Economics at schools in both the U.S. and Mexico: the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey-Puebla, the Universidad Iberoamericana-Puebla, the Universidad de las Americas- Puebla, the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, and the Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca. He received both a BA in Actuarial Science and an MA in Economics from the Universidad de las Americas-Puebla. With a CONACYT Scholarship, he earned an MA  in Economics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he specialized in Environmental Economics, International Trade, and Econometrics. He has been published widely in various papers in academic and non-academic publications.


Manuel Reyes

Research Associate

As a research economist, Manuel leads the Institute’s regional and transboundary economic impact modeling. Before joining the Hunt Institute he worked for the  Mexican Secretary of Economy as well as several research centers including the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas, and the Institute for Policy and Economic Development at the University of Texas at El Paso, with a focus on economic and policy analysis of U.S.-Mexico commercial and energy transactions. He received a BBA in International Business and an MBA from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Chihuahua. He later earned an MS in Economics from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Doctoral degree in Economic Development specializing in public finance from New Mexico State University.


Evangelina Pearlman

Accounting Specialist

Eva joined the Hunt Institute as an accounting specialist in June of 2015, and is starting her master’s in Business Administration next fall. Eva has over 20 years of experience in the accounting field, and has worked for the maquiladora industry and the private sector, as well as several accounting firms in Mexico.  She is in charge of reconciling the accounts for the Institute for Policy and Economic Development and assisting the Hunt Institute with administrative and clerical duties.


Joshua Rayner

Executive Assistant

Joshua joined the Hunt Institute in April of 2015 as an administrative assistant. An El Pasoan and former student of the University of Texas at El Paso, Josh graduated in May of 2014 with a B.B.A. in Economics.  He is excited to be assisting the Hunt Institute in its mission to foster the economic and social well-being of the communities in the Paso del Norte Region, with a special interest in the Social Policy and Economic development.