Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda is the Founding Director of the North American Integration and Development Center and Associate Professor in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana, Chicano and Central American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Hinojosa Ojeda is the author of numerous articles and books on the political economy of regional integrations in various parts of the world, including trade, investment and migration relations between the U.S., Mexico, Latin America and the Pacific Rim. He has been a visiting scholar at the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and at several academic institutions in Mexico and the United States. Dr. Hinojosa founded the North American Integration and Development (NAID) Center at UCLA in 1995, dedicated to developing innovative research agendas and policy pilot projects concerning globalization and development.
Together with Rep. Esteban Torres of California, Dr. Hinojosa Ojeda is the originator of the proposal for the North American Development Bank, a $3 Billion institution that was created by the U.S. and Mexican governments in 1994. Dr Hinojosa has served as a board member of the Los Angeles Community Development Bank, the International Community Foundation and has been appointed to the Economic Strategies Panel of the State of California, the Los Angeles Office of International Trade, and the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Dr. Hinojosa Ojeda was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Board of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2015. He received a B.A. in Economics, M.A. in Anthropology and Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Chicago.