Matthew Aho
Young Professional

Matthew Aho is an international affairs specialist at Akerman Senterfitt, with more than eight years of experience working on issues throughout Latin America, with a particular focus on Cuba, Venezuela, Central America, Peru, and Mexico. 

Prior to joining Akerman, he was Manager of the Policy Department at the New York headquarters of Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA)—the Western Hemisphere’s premiere business membership organization—and editor of the hemispheric policy magazine Americas Quarterly. From 2009–2012, Matthew oversaw the AS/COA’s Cuba Working Group (CWG), which since 2008 has brought together senior executives of select-Fortune 500 companies with officials from the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury, and the National Security Council to discuss topics including financial services, telecommunications, energy, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, and agriculture. The CWG’s discussions focus on possible future changes to U.S.–Cuba relations. In this capacity, Matthew is a recognized expert on the legal and regulatory frameworks comprising the U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba. During his tenure at AS/COA, Matthew also worked on region-wide public policy projects on issues ranging from insecurity and violence prevention to youth unemployment.

Matthew holds a Master of International Affairs degree in international economic policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a B.A. in Political Studies from Bard College. Matthew has lived extensively in Latin America, including Venezuela, Peru, and Brazil. In 2002, he was awarded a Fulbright grant and conducted year-long research on agricultural markets in Peru. Matt is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese and Russian.   

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Guillermo Artiles
Young Professional

Guillermo Carlo Artiles is Corporate Counsel at Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC, a solar energy company based in Connecticut. As a lawyer, Guillermo is responsible for obtaining and closing financial transactions; drafting, negotiating and executing power purchase, sales, and lease agreements, as well as overseeing litigation. When wearing his business development hat, he travels across the state of New Jersey seeking to develop solar projects on the state, county, and municipal levels. Guillermo also leads the company’s efforts abroad, relying on key commercial and government relationships in Brazil, Mexico, and the Virgin Islands.

Prior to entering the business world, Guillermo served as a judicial law clerk to United States District Court Judge Esther Salas in the District of New Jersey. Before his government service, he was an attorney at the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP. Before that, he worked in the Intergovernmental Affairs Group in the Office of the Governor of New Jersey, as the Governor’s Executive Fellow from Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics.

Guillermo received a B.A. in Government from Hamilton College and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.  In law school, he was Articles Editor of the Rutgers Law Review, President of the Student Bar Association, and Vice President of the Association of Latin American Law Students. At graduation, he was awarded the American Bar Association & American Law Institute Prize, an honor recognizing the graduate who best represents a combination of scholarship and leadership.

In the community, Guillermo serves as Trustee of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey; General Counsel to Hijos Del Exilio; Board Member of Full Court Peace; Board Member of #CubaNow; Founding Treasurer of New Cuba PAC; Young Professionals Board Member of the New Jersey Legal & Education Empowerment Project; Alumni Recruiter for Hamilton College.

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Jorge L. Benitez
Board Member

Jorge L. Benitez retired from Accenture in August 2014 as chief executive of North America. He had primary responsibility for Accenture’s business and operations in North America, including developing and executing the company’s business strategy, delivering client service and driving its growth in the region.

Prior to being named chief executive and senior managing director, Mr. Benitez served as the chief operating officer for Products, the largest of Accenture’s five operating groups. During his five years in that role, Mr. Benitez led Accenture’s global business across a wide set of consumer-relevant industry groups, including: Automotive; Air, Freight & Travel Services; Consumer Goods & Services; Industrial Equipment; Infrastructure & Transportation Services; Life Sciences; and Retail. He has also served as the Executive Sponsor for several of Accenture’s largest clients

During his 33+ years at Accenture, Mr. Benitez served clients in the Chemicals, Energy, Retail, Automotive, Consumer Packaged Goods and Life Sciences industries. His skills and expertise include: Large-scale Transformations, Enterprise System Implementations, Change Management and Leadership Development. 

Mr. Benitez serves on a variety of Boards and Forums focused on Business, Education, Policy, and Health. These include: The Busisness Roundtable, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive 50, Global 100, Change the Equation, The Business for Higher Education Forum, Leugemia and Lymphoma Society and the University of Florida Warrington School of Business. 

Mr. Benitez has been recognized for his impact on business and the Latino society. Specifically, Hispanic Business Magazine named him to its “2011 Top 25 Corporate Elite”, list and, in 2004, selected him as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States. He was also selected to the PODER Top 100 Influential Hispanics in 2011. Diversity Inc. recognized Mr. Benitez as one of their “People on the Move” in 2011. In 2012 Mr. Benitez was welcomed into the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Circle. 

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Maria Garcia Berry
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Maria Garcia Berry is the guiding force behind what is today one of the most influential public affairs firms in Colorado. Serving a broad spectrum of clients from transportation to professional sports teams to real estate developers, the services of Ms. Garcia Berry and her associates are sought by clients across the United States. 

As chief executive officer of CRL Associates, Inc., she successfully manages CRL's broad client base that includes a variety of high-profile projects such as the Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Denver's Union Station; the transformation of the former Villa Italia mall site into Belmar; and Forest City's redevelopment of Stapleton. In 2004, Ms. Garcia Berry was the campaign chair for the nation's largest proposed mass transit expansion effort, the successful FasTracks Yes campaign. She is a much sought-after consultant for other locales striving to bring an integrated and comprehensive transportation program to their area. In addition to FasTracks, she has been a strategic consultant to a number of transportation-related initiatives around the country, including a transportation master plan for the seven-county Tampa Bay region adopted in 2009 by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) and a 2012 regional transportation referendum in the 10-county Atlanta region that would fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements. 

Highly respected for her skills in negotiation, mediation and advocacy, Ms Garcia Berry is experienced at forging links between diverse interests and groups. She is widely recognized in her field for her expertise in government and public decision making, strategic planning, coalition building, crisis communications, community outreach, public positioning and legislative advocacy. 

Maria Garcia Berry is a member of the Board of Directors of TBD Colorado, a nonpartisan, collaborative effort designed to create informed and constructive conversations among Coloradans about some of the biggest issues facing the state. 

She is a member of the Auraria Higher Education Center Board of Directors; serves on the Citywide Banks Board; and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. Ms. Garcia Berry is also an alumnus of Leadership Denver. She is married to Chuck Berry, currently the CEO and president of Colorado's Association of Commerce and Industry and formerly Colorado's Speaker of the House. They have three children.

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Tere Alvarez Canida
Tere Alvarez Canida is President and portfolio manager of Taplin, Canida & Habacht, LLC (TCH), an investment management firm specializing in fixed income account management. Founded in 1985 and located in Miami, Florida, TCH manages client assets for public and corporate pension funds, endowments, foundations and hospitals. Tere is responsible for the firm’s investment policy and strategy and managing client portfolios along with the firm’s other portfolio managers. Prior to founding TCH in 1985, Ms. Canida was Vice President and Senior Investment Officer for Southeast Banks Trust Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from George Washington University.

Ms. Alvarez Canida serves on the Board of Directors of Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation, a publicly traded company based in Birmingham, Alabama. She also serves on the Board of Directors of New America Alliance (NAA), as well as the Board of Advisors for Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. back to top
Jose M. de Lasa
Board Member

Mr. de Lasa is Of Counsel in the law firm of Baker&McKenzie. Before joining the firm in 2005, Jose served for ten years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Abbott Laboratories. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of directors of several charitable organizaions. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale Law School.

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Karina DuQuesne
Young Professional
Karina DuQuesne is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate at Cardozo Law School in New York City, as an E. Nathaniel Gates Scholar.  Mrs. DuQuesne began her career at Goldman Sachs as a Financial Analyst in the Securities Division’s Pension, Endowment, & Foundation Group, which manages relationships with pension funds, endowments, and foundations and works with investors to develop and implement cross asset investment, risk hedging, liquidity management, private placement, and co-investment strategies. Most recently she worked as a Senior Analyst in the Human Capital Management Division where she focused her efforts on Executive and Equity Compensation. She is also a member of Raices de Esperanza, Inc., and buildOn. Mrs. DuQuesne graduated in 2007 from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and concentrations in Real Estate and Management. She is a Series 7 and Series 63 licensed financial analyst.  back to top
Andres Fanjul
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Andres Fanjul is Executive Vice President of Fanjul Corp. and Florida Crystals Corporation. Florida Crystals owns 155,000 acres of land in Palm Beach County and produces sugar, rice and other agricultural products as well as generates renewable energy in the largest biomass power plant in North America. Florida Crystals, with its subsidiary ASR Group, the world’s largest sugar refiner, produces more than six million tons of sugar across North America and in Europe, which is marketed through the Domino®, C&H®, Florida Crystals®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle®, Sidul® and Sores® brands. It also owns sugar mills in Mexico and Belize. In the Dominican Republic, Central Romana Corporation, another Fanjul company, is engaged in sugar milling and refining, cattle, real estate and resort hotel operations, including Casa de Campo. 

Mr. Fanjul is President of Florida Crystals’ Okeelanta Division and has overseen its growth into sustainable farming, factory expansion, refining, state-of-the-art packaging and renewable energy.

Mr. Fanjul’s leadership extends to the community. As an advocate and fundraiser for disadvantaged youth and families, he and his wife Cathie have been major fundraisers for New Hope Charities, Food for the Poor, The Heart Association, Catholic Charities and other great causes.

Mr. Fanjul holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in Business Administration from St. Thomas University. back to top
Roberto Goizueta
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Roberto S. Goizueta is the Margaret O’Brien Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology at Boston College. Dr. Goizueta is a former President of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Marquette University. Dr. Goizueta has received honorary degrees from the University of San Francisco and Elms College. The National Catholic Reporter has named him one of the ten most influential Hispanic-American educators, pastors, and theologians. back to top
Maria Hackley
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Maria Goytisolo Hackley is a Managing Director in Citigroup's Corporate and Investment Bank, focusing on Financial Institutions. She is responsible for originating and executing a broad range of Corporate Finance and Lending transactions across a portfolio of large market cap life & property/casualty insurance, healthcare, finance and industrial companies. Ms. Hackley focuses on delivering the Citi platform across a wide array of financial solutions providing advice on Debt and Equity Capital raising, Acquisition Finance, Distribution Strategies, Interest Rate and Equity Derivative Hedging, Exposure Management, Project Finance and Asset Based Lending.  

Ms. Hackley serves on Citi's Global Banking Diversity Steering Committee as well as CitiWoman, which focuses on retention, development and promotion of its most senior women globally. She is Co-Team Captain of Citi’s recruiting efforts for Georgetown University. Ms. Hackley was inducted into the 2011 YWCA-NYC Academy of Women Leaders and the 2012 Hispanic Business Woman of the Year. She is also involved in the New Chapter of Friends of Caritas Cubana and in 2015 was the Honoree of Breakthrough New York given her commitment to diversity and recruiting of top talent in Banking. Ms. Hackley is a member of the Georgetown University Board of Regents and a graduate of Georgetown University majoring in Finance with a minor in Portuguese. back to top
David Hernandez
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David Hernandez is Chairman and CEO of Liberty Power—the only minority owned retailer of electricity with a national presence. In 2001, in the midst of a national economic downturn, Mr. Hernandez teamed with other professionals from the energy, telecommunications and financial services sectors and created Liberty Power. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power supplies power to businesses and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Social Security Administration. Some of their business customers include New York Life, JCPenney, Linens ‘n Things, Circuit City, Eckerd Drugs, and Lowe’s. In less than four years, Liberty Power has gone from grossing less than $1 million in their first year to more than $100 million in 2005. A native of Cuba, Mr. Hernandez graduated Magna Cum Laude from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Palm Beach, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and later earned an MBA from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He currently serves on their Alumni Council and in 2004 was awarded NYU’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005, by Hispanic Business Magazine, and was awarded the 2004 Hispanic magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2006, he was also chosen as one of the Top 100 Most Important Hispanics in Technology & Business by Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazine. He has also been featured in both print and television articles, such as NBC’s Hispanic Today. back to top
Ricardo Herrero
Young Professional

Ricardo Herrero is the Executive Director of #CubaNow, a 501(c)4 organzation dedicated to informing, connecting and inspiring a new conversation around the realities taking hold on both sides of the Florida straits and advocating for practical and effective policy solutions that empower individuals to serve as catalysts for meaningful change in Cuba. Previously he served as Deputy Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group from 2012 to April of 2014. Prior to that he co-founded and served as Director of Operations for Concordia Behavioral Health, a managed behavioral healthcare organization based in Miami, Florida, and was an associate corporate counsel in the Manhattan office of The Beanstalk Group, LLC, the world's leading brand licensing agency and consultancy, where he specialized in intellectual property licensing and dispute resolution.

Mr. Herrero’s leadership in his community includes having served as the Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party in 2010 and serving as Producer of the annual Miami Mini Maker Faire. He has advised several state and federal electoral campaigns and political organizations in South Florida and Latin America, most recently including the 2012 Henrique Capriles Radonski presidential campaign in Venezuela. His views and articles have been published in national publications such as TIME, The Miami Herald, The Huffington Post, The Hill, and The Washington Times, and he has appeared as a guest on various programs including Fox News, Al-Jazeera America, Arise News, and Voice of America.

Mr. Herrero has a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. in Business Administration from Florida International University. He was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and is the son of Cuban exiles.

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Felice Gorordo
Young Professional

Felice Gorordo is President & CEO of ClearPath, a venture-backed tech company revolutionizing the confusing, costly and paper-based immigration filing process - just as TurboTax transformed tax filing.

Most recently, Felice was appointed by President Barack Obama as one of fifteen 2011-2012 White House Fellows, America’s most prestigious and competitive nonpartisan leadership development and public service program founded in 1964. In this capacity, he served as the White House Fellow for President Obama’s Domestic Policy Advisor Cecilia Munoz working on Latino outreach and immigration policy in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House. He also spearheaded the White House Business Council’s competitiveness series, organizing industry leaders sector-by-sector focused on spurring job creation and promoting America’s long-term economic competitiveness.
Felice also co-founded and leads Roots of Hope, a national non-profit focused on youth empowerment in Cuba and the "Best Grassroots Organization" – according to the Miami New Times. In 2009, Felice was an advisor to 17-time Grammy winner Juanes and helped organize the historic "Peace without Borders" concert in Cuba, with 1.2 million in attendance.

Previously, Felice led government sales for Liberty Power, the fastest-growing Hispanic-owned business in the U.S., generating $14.7 million in revenues annually. In this role, he managed all government sales and accounts, including the U.S. Navy and several municipalities.  Prior to that, Felice served as a presidential appointee in the Administration of President George W. Bush. In this capacity, he served as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez and Special Assistant to the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Director Emilio Gonzalez. He has also served as a strategy consultant for the CEO of Jackson Health System and as a member of the University of Miami’s Energy Task Force.

PODER Magazine has named Felice one of the "100 Poderosos" Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S., as well as one of the Top "20 Under 40." He has been featured on CNN’s “Young People Who Rock,” and appeared on BBC, NPR, CNBC, The Economist, and CNN en Español. Felice is a graduate of Georgetown University and currently resides in Miami, FL, with his wife and daughter.

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Maria Elena "Mel" Lagomasino
Board Member

Maria Elena "Mel" Lagomasino is CEO and Managing Partner of WE Family Offices, a multi-family office serving global ultra high net worth families.  She is a recognized leader in the wealth management industry, and is a Founding Member of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard. 

Mel served as CEO of GenSpring Family Offices, a leading multi-family office.  Prior to that, she served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JP Morgan Private Bank, an institution with more than $300 billion in client assets under supervision.  Her career in banking began in 1977 at Citibank.  She joined the Chase Manhattan Private Bank in 1983 and was named head of Chase’s worldwide private banking business in 1997.  Following the chase-JP Morgan merger, she became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the JP Morgan Private Bank.

Mel serves on the boards of The Coca-Cola Company, Avon Products, Inc., and the Americas Society, and is a Trustee on the Board of the National Geographic Society.  She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Economic Club of New York.  In 2012, Mel was named one of the Directorship 100 by the National Association of Corporate Directors and was named by American Banker one of 2012’s Top 25 Women in Finance.  In September 2006, she was appointed by President Bush to help lead an effort to secure private sector funds to aid disaster victims in Central America.

A graduate of Manhattanville College (B.A.), Mel also completed graduate work at both Columbia University (M.S.) and Fordham University (M.B.A).

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Francesca-Maria Lopez Covey
Young Professional

Francesca-Maria ("Cesi") focuses on global strategic political partnerships at Facebook, partnering with political leaders and influencers around high-impact integrations. Prior to joining Facebook, she worked in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House. While at the White House, she served as a liaison to the business community and as Deputy Counselor for Strategic Engagement to Senior Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett.

Cesi has a master's degree in Finance and Strategy from l'Institut d"Etudes Politiques de Paris and a BA from Columbia University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband James.

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Eduardo G. Mestre
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Eduardo Mestre is Chairman of Global Advisory at Evercore Partners and one of the firm’s two most senior investment bankers.  Mr. Mestre was Vice Chairman with responsibility for the management of the firm’s U.S. advisory practice from 2004-2011, and prior to joining Evercore in November 2004, was Vice Chairman of Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. and Chairman of its Investment Banking Division.  Mr. Mestre was head of investment banking at Salomon Smith Barney and its predecessor firms from 1995-2001 and co-head of Salomon Brothers’ mergers and acquisitions department from 1989-1995..   

Since joining Evercore, Mr. Mestre has represented, among others, Ally Financial in its pending restructuring of its mortgage business and in the pending sale of its international operations to Royal Bank of Canada and GM Financial; Clearwire in its pending sale to Sprint; International Paper in its acquisition of Temple Inland and the subsequent sale of certain assets; McGraw-Hill in its pending sale of its education division to Apollo; Lubrizol in its sale to Berkshire Hathaway; Century Link in its acquisition of Qwest; Frontier in its acquisition of Verizon’s rural access lines; ACS in its sale to Xerox; MGM Mirage in its financial restructuring; SBC in its acquisition of AT&T; AT&T in its acquisition of BellSouth; CSX in its proxy contest with activist investors; Cendant in its reorganization and in the sale of its Travelport subsidiary to Blackstone; Realogy in its sale to Apollo; Sequa in its sale to Carlyle; Performance Food Group in its sale to Blackstone and Wellspring; and GM in its sale of GMAC to Cerberus.

Over the years Mr. Mestre has represented many clients in communications, media, defense, aerospace and technology, including Amgen in its acquisition of Immunex; AOL in its merger with Time Warner; Citigroup in its acquisition of Banamex; News Corporation in its acquisition of Hughes; SBC in its acquisitions of AT&T and Ameritech; and Northrop in its mergers with Grumman, Litton and TRW.

Mr. Mestre serves as a member of the Board of the International Rescue Committee.  He is past Chairman of the Board of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, one of the nation’s leading cancer, genetics and neuroscience research and educational institutions, and past Chairman of WNYC, New York’s public radio stations.  He is also a past trustee of The Taft School.  Mr. Mestre currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Avis Budget Group, Inc. and Comcast Corporation. Born in Havana, Mr. Mestre is a 1970 summa cum laude graduate of Yale and a 1973 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.

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Juan T. O'Naghten
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Mr. O’Naghten is an attorney in South Florida with the firm of Diaz & O'Naghten. He was a founding shareholder and member of the board of directors and executive committee of and is general counsel to Miami Air International, Inc., DSL Internet Corporation and American Realty Capital, LLC. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors and is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. He is also Vice President of the Cuban Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and has participated in many humanitarian drives to help the underprivileged in Miami, Cuba and Central America. back to top
Carlos A. Saladrigas
Mr. Saladrigas is Chairman and CEO of Regis HR Group, a Professional Employer Organization offering a full suite of outsourced human resources services to small and mid-sized businesses. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Progress Energy and Advance Auto Parts. Previous, Mr. Saladrigas served as chairman of Premier American Bank. Mr. Saladrigas was a co-founder and CEO of The Vincam Group, which in 1998 was listed as the largest Hispanic-owned company in the U.S., was acquired by ADP in 2000. He is also a member of the Hispanic Advisory Board for PepsiCo. Saladrigas holds an MBA with honors from Harvard University and a BBA, cum laude, from the University of Miami. Mr. Saladrigas was a CPA in Florida. Active in community affairs, Mr. Saladrigas is a Vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami, a director of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Miami, and a trustee at Belen Jesuit School. He is a former trustee at the Rhode Island School of Design and Spring Hill College. back to top
Enrique Sosa
Board Member
Mr. Sosa was named executive vice president of Amoco Corporation in 1995 and headed Amoco’s chemicals sector, overseeing worldwide chemical and marketing operations. In 1999, he was named president of BP Amoco Chemicals when the two companies merged. Prior to joining Amoco, he was senior vice president of The Dow Chemical Company and president of Dow North America and a member of Dow board of directors and executive committee. He is a member of the board of directors of FMC Corporation and a member of the board of directors of DSM of The Netherlands. back to top
Natica del Valle von Althann

Ms. von Althann is a founding partner of C& A Advisors, a consulting firm focusing on strategy and risk management for government and select financial institutions. She retired in June 2008 as the Senior Credit Risk Management Executive for Bank of America and Chief Credit Risk Officer of U.S. Trust, an investment management company where she had served as Chief Credit Officer since 2003. Prior to joining U.S. Trust, Ms. von Althann served as managing director at IQ Venture Partners, an investment banking boutique. Previously, she spent 26 years at Citigroup, including in a number of senior management roles. During her time at Citigroup, among other positions, she served as managing director and co-head of Citicorp’s U.S. Telecommunications?Technology group, managing director and global industry head of the Retail and Apparel group, and division executive and market region head for Latin America in the Citigroup private banking group.

Ms. von Althann earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in political science from Bryn Mawr College and completed master’s-level work in Iberian and Latin American history at the University of Cologne, Germany. She serves as a director of TD Bank, N.A., where she is a member of the Board Risk and Wealth Management committees. In 2009, Ms. von althann was appointed to the board of PPL Corporation where she is a member of the Board Audit and Nuclear Oversight Committees and Chair of the Finance Committee. Previously Ms. von Althann spent eight years on the board of the YWCA of New York. In January 2013, Ms. von Althann was reappointed to serve a second three-year term on the First Department Disciplinary Committee of the New York State Supreme Court. She also serves as vice-chair of the Board of Neighbors Link, a non-profit organization in Mt. Kisco, New York, and is a Committee member of the New York chapter of Friends of Caritas Cubana.

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Jordan Valdés
Young Professional

Jordan Valdés knows how to develop business and grow an organization’s profile on the international stage. With extensive experience in trade policy, global commerce and multilateral organizations the world over, Jordan’s distinctive skillset that combines global relationships and strategic communications makes her an invaluable asset to her teams.

For Podesta Group clients, Jordan brings experience from extensive efforts on the ground in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and with leading multilateral institutions on projects affecting developing countries. Jordan’s rolodex is deep and she has developed top-tier ties both at home and abroad, throughout global agencies, intergovernmental organizations and in the seats of foreign governments.

An Obama appointee, Jordan most recently served as a senior advisor in the Office of International Trade in the Small Business Administration (SBA). In this capacity, Jordan developed messaging products for SBA lenders and partners, and represented the SBA at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks, promoting the interests of small business through four rounds of negotiations. Due in part to her work, the small business teams of the European Union and United States launched a joint campaign about the benefits of trade for small businesses, the first one in the series of rounds. Prior to her work at SBA, Jordan advised the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in matters unrealted to Cuba, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the World Bank in various projects from Latin America to Africa to Bangladesh, on issues ranging from carbon finance to supply chain and logistics.

Jordan’s blended aptitude for communications and business was recognized by the prime minster of Bahrain, who appointed her as one of his senior advisors. In this position, Jordan cofounded a global philanthropic organization supporting sustainable development in the Middle East and North Africa. Jordan began her career as a journalist and media consultant, covering international trade, finance and banking. While reporting for an international press agency, Jordan launched the Wall Street Market Research, an investment periodical now distributed in more than 20 countries. 

Jordan earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She was recently named a 40 Under 40 Latinos in American politics. Jordan is a first-generation Cuban American from Tampa, Florida, who has spent much time in Cuba. She is fluent in Spanish and French and conversational in Arabic and Italian.

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