National political strategist Raul Alvillar and recent Biden/Harris 2020 Presidential Campaign State Director of New Mexico, joins Resolute Public Affairs as an Executive Vice President.
“Raul’s deep experience in the Washington, D.C. ecosystem, strong ties to the new administration and proven ability to build substantive relationships with corporate leaders and policy influentials at the local, state and federal level brings our clients a powerful perspective on navigating the future,” said Greg Goldner, Resolute Founder and CEO. “Raul will be based in New Mexico, building on our experience in the southwest, while continuing to spend time in Washington, D.C.”
A native of New Mexico, Alvillar is the former Political Director the Democratic National Committee. In that role he collaborated with decision makers in the White House, Congress, Governors, and state houses all the way to the local level to disseminate Democratic priorities and goals.
“Through my work at the White House and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development I have built trusted relationships across the country,” said Alvillar. “I look forward to leveraging my experience and Resolute’s elite team to forge new opportunities for my home state New Mexico and the southwest.”
Alvillar has had an expansive political career. After working for former President Barack Obama’s election campaign as a regional political director, he went on to serve in several roles for the administration including Associate Director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement. In this role, he facilitated White House interactions with policy influencers so they could articulate the President’s message to mass audiences. As the interim LGBT Liaison, he helped manage the White House rollout of the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
He left the White House to serve at HUD as the Senior Advisor for Public Engagement Office where he advised senior officials regarding issues related to housing, Sustainable Communities, and Promise Zones. His responsibilities included engaging external partners and issues management for the Secretary, including specific high-profile issues, such as the $25 Billion Mortgage Settlement. He left this role to serve at the DNC. Before joining the Biden campaign, Alvillar worked as a public affairs consultant.
“You could say I grew up in politics, joining then Senator Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign as its 52nd hire,” said Alvillar. “Politics opened up a world of opportunity for me and through my experiences in New Mexico, Washington, D.C. and throughout the country, I learned that politics can open up a world of opportunity for people and their communities, state governments, and private sector and nonprofit organizations,” he continued.
“There are many public affairs firms in this country. But I joined Resolute to be part of their exceptional team of trusted and insightful leaders with the proven experience to help clients navigate pressing issues of the day,” said Alvillar.
Headquartered in Chicago, Resolute Public Affairs is a national public affairs firm that provides strategic counsel and issue advocacy efforts in more than 30 states. In the southwest, Resolute managed campaigns to save light rail in Phoenix, worked with numerous environmental organizations to champion land, air and water issues, managed broad coalitions of leading national environmental, public health and national security groups to implement statewide grassroots campaigns to address climate change and led a multi-state grassroots campaigns to rollback federal clean car standards.
“What attracted me to Resolute is how the company continues to adapt to the needs of the marketplace – including the launch of Resolute Strategic Services, an elite risk advisory firm that counsels C-suite and boards on the risks that shape the contours of the world and the impact on their enterprise,” continued Alvillar. “I look forward to bringing this powerful, global expertise and insight to organizations throughout the Southwest.”
The Resolute Strategic Services team is comprised of the world’s foremost experts in security, regulatory, political and reputation risk management with decades of public and private sector experience. Resolute Strategic Services is led by Ron Moultrie, former director of operations, National Security Agency with Chris Murray, former deputy director, Central Intelligence Agency serving on the Resolute Strategic Services Advisory Board. Res. CyberStrategies – part of Resolute Strategic Services – works closely with leading insurance companies, law firms and forensics providers to assist organizations with strategic communications and reputation management services before, during and after significant cyber incidents.
“I am thrilled to bring this powerful global expertise to New Mexico,” said Alvillar.
Alvillar was named to the Huffington Post’s list of “40 under 40 most influential Latino’s in American Politics” in 2014 and 2015. He has been a guest commentator on numerous national broadcast programs including Bloomberg Radio, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN Espanol, Sky News Britain, Sky News Australia and has been featured in The New York Times, Politico, The Blade and USA Today among others. He is the author of a new memoir: Political Dreams: Realities and Reflections from the First Gay Latino National Political Director for the Democratic National Committee.