Moises Vela

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Moises "Moe" Vela
EducationSt. Mary's University School of Law
Alma materUniversity of Texas, Austin
OccupationPresident & CEO MoeVela LLC, Of Counsel Stein Mitchell
Known forTwo-time White House Senior Executive
Home townHarlingen, Texas

Moises V. "Moe" Vela, Jr. is a lawyer, government advisor, and Hispanic leader, named by the National Journal as one of the 100 top Hispanics and 300 top decision makers in the United States.[1]

Currently, he is the CEO & President of The Vela Group, LLC, a global business development consulting firm based in Washington DC. He is also Of Counsel at the law firm of Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner.

He is the first Hispanic to serve in two senior executive roles in the White House, first during the Clinton Administration as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Advisor on Latino Affairs in the Office of Vice President Al Gore, and later during the Obama Administration as Director of Administration for Joe Biden, the Vice President of the United States.[2]

Life and works[edit]

Early life and family[edit]

Vela is a native of Harlingen, Texas, graduating from Harlingen High School in 1980.[3] His father, Moises Vela, was a Cameron County judge, and his uncle, Filemon Vela Sr., was a U.S. District Court Judge.[3]

Vela is a graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, and St. Mary's University School of Law.[4]

In a 2009 interview quoted in a Harlingen paper, Vela said that after college he "went to New York to try to make it on Broadway, believe it or not, to try to make it as a singer," before returning to school, to study for his law degree.[3]

He credits his family with the influence that led him to community service, saying that " "Watching Mom and Dad always being involved as community leaders, working with so many organizations over the years and so many wonderful people, frankly it was a way of life for us and the way we were raised....We didn't ask if it was something we should have done. We were expected to serve. ... We were blessed with a very close family with a lot of love and respect for each other."[3]

Professional career[edit]

After serving on the staff of Vice President Gore, Vela helped launch a cyberspace company, later creating the consulting company "Diverse Directions," supporting the development of Latino marketing strategies and community outreach.[2]

His achievements have included the creation of El Centro Legal Latino in Birmingham, Alabama, helping to educate members of the S.E. United States Latino community on their legal rights.[2] He also founded and served as first chair of the Alabama Hispanic Chamber of Congress.[2] He also served as executive director of the "National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals," an organization that includes over 12,000 members from 48 states.[2] He later served as senior vice president of Multicultural Strategies at United Dominion Realty Trust, and then president of his own consulting business, Comunidades LLC.[2]

He worked as a staff member in the Texas House of Representatives, serving as committee clerk and legislative director for State Representative Rene Oliveira, and then committee clerk for Senator Eddie Bernice Johnson, working to support the Interim Committee on Minority and Women Business Ownership Opportunities.[2]

He also worked as a partner in the Public Policy & Regulation Group of Holland & Knight, in Washington, DC, where his focus areas included public policy and government relations.[2]

Professional awards and honors[edit]

His honors and awards include:[1]

  • Top 100 Most Influential People for Hispanics in the Nation's Capitol, El Tiempo Latino, 2017
  • Top 101 Latino Leaders, Latino Leaders Magazine, 2010 and 2011
  • Top 300 Washington, D.C. Insiders, National Journal, 2010
  • Top 100 Hispanics in America, Hispanic Business, 2009


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