Luis Gilberto Murillo

Advisory Board Member

Luis Gilberto Murillo is a Colombian politician who was the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development from 2016 to 2018. He has also served as Governor of the predominantly Afro-Colombian Department of Chocó in Colombia.

In 2000, (Governor) Murillo was kidnapped in Colombia.  Upon release, he fled the country with his family, receiving asylum in the United States, where he began work in Washington, D.C. as U.S.-Colombia Policy Coordinator and later senior international policy analyst for Lutheran World Relief (LWR).  Mr. Murillo worked to make the voices of marginalized Colombians heard in the policy debate in Washington, D.C.  His work was part of LWR’s efforts to build peace in Colombia through local projects backed by education and advocacy in the United States.

Mr. Murillo was one of the most active Afro-Colombian voices in the Washington, D.C. policy debate on Colombia.  Articles quoting or about Mr. Murillo appeared in The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald, New Amsterdam, Chicago Tribune, and Source and Crisis magazines, among others.  Murillo has been a member of the boards of directors and the advisory committees of various US-based NGOs, including the Colombian Human Rights Committee, the U.S. Office on Colombia, the Afro-Latino Development Alliance, the American Friends Service Committee and the Global Exchange Speakers Bureau, among others.