Federico A. de Jesús is a Senior Advisor at Fuentes Strategies who has worked for more than 16 years at the highest levels of government, communications, and politics. De Jesús was the national Communications Director for Hispanic Media in the Obama for America 2008 Presidential Campaign where he helped to secure close to 70% of the Latino vote. He later performed the same role in the Office of the President-elect. Subsequently, he served for 4 years as a political appointee in the U.S. Department of Transportation as Associate Director for Governmental Affairs, where he was able to successfully shepherd 4 White House appointees through the Senate confirmation process, and represented DOT on various interagency task forces.
Prior to the Obama campaign, de Jesús worked for close to 8 years on Capitol Hill in several capacities, including as the Director of Hispanic Communications in U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office and a similar capacity for U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. More recently, de Jesús served as Deputy Director of the Governor of Puerto Rico’s D.C. office, where he helped to manage over 20 employees in D.C., NY, and FL representing the interests of Puerto Rico before Congress, federal agencies, state and local governments, as well as business and civil society actors.
He has an M.A. degree in Social Enterprise from American University’s (AU) School of International Service, and a B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (CLEG) from AU’s School of Public Affairs. De Jesús appears regularly on Hispanic media & other outlets as a political commentator, and also remains active volunteering for several charitable causes. De Jesús is a native of Puerto Rico and has been living in Washington, D.C. since 1999.