Avi Tuschman is an expert on the hidden roots of political orientation. He began his career in politics as the youngest advisor in the government palace in Lima, at age 23. While serving as the senior writer to President Alejandro Toledo (Peru, 2001-2006), Tuschman produced numerous articles and speeches designed to shape public opinion. In 2009, Tuschman joined with Toledo and 17 other former presidents to co-write a regional policy agenda on democratic governance. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lauded the document and called it historically unprecedented. Tuschman holds a doctorate in evolutionary anthropology from Stanford University. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Hindi, and Quechua, and has dabbled in Tibetan and Chinese. He is based in Washington DC, but surfs at home in northern California as often as possible.