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Stanford Law School, J.D., with distinction, 1998
Harvard University, B.A., cum laude in General Studies, 1991
Michael C. Camuñez is President and CEO of ManattJones Global Strategies LLC, which provides strategic advice and advocacy to help companies doing business in emerging economies, with a particular emphasis on Mexico and Latin America. Mr. Camuñez has significant experience as a senior executive, counselor and advocate advising U.S. companies in domestic and global markets, and he possesses a unique combination of political, legal, economic and international expertise.
From 2010 to 2013, as one of the nation’s leading commercial diplomats, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce at the International Trade Administration, where he managed a global portfolio to help lead the U.S. government’s efforts to open new markets for U.S. goods and services. He visited more than 30 countries to advance U.S. trade and economic policy and was appointed by the President to serve on the U.S. Helsinki Commission, managing the economic dimension of U.S. engagement with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He is most widely recognized for playing a critical role in rebalancing U.S. economic policy toward Mexico, leading numerous trade and policy missions there and helping to update and modernize a range of initiatives to enhance cross-border trade and investment. He was the chief architect of the recently established U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, which he proposed, coordinated and later helped launch during President Obama’s visit to Mexico in May 2013.
Prior to assuming his role at the Department of Commerce, Mr. Camuñez served in the Obama White House for two years as Special Counsel to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel, as well as Special Assistant to the President, where he helped manage the President’s appointments to the domestic cabinet. He is a former equity partner of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he counseled and represented companies and financial institutions in foreign international litigation and international corporate compliance, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Money Laundering counseling. He previously served in the first term of the Clinton Administration where he focused on domestic policy issues and was on the team that designed and launched the AmeriCorps national service program.
A graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, Mr. Camuñez has a long track record of community leadership. A Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, he is a member of the binational board of directors of the Association of Mexican Entrepreneurs (AEM), as well as the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. He is a founding director of the national U.S.-Cuba Business Council, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Center for Law and Social Policy. Mr. Camuñez has served as a member of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission and as the governor-appointed Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of California’s public service commission, known as California Volunteers, which administers all state funding for the AmeriCorps service programs throughout California. He is the past president of the Board of Trustees of the Mexican American Bar Foundation and is a past member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors.
Mr. Camuñez has been widely recognized for his leadership and community service. In 2014, he received the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute’s National Leadership in Public Service Award in Washington, D.C. He also received the 2014 Mexican American Bar Foundation Professional Achievement Award. He has been named by Poder Magazine as one of the “Top 75 Most Influential Hispanic Americans” in the United States and was a recipient of the 2006 “Angel Award” by California Lawyer Magazine for outstanding pro bono service in California.
Leadership in Public Service Award, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, Washington, D.C., 2014
Professional Achievement Award, Mexican American Bar Foundation, 2014
Top 75 Most Influential Hispanic Americans, Poder Magazine, 2010
Angel Award, California Lawyer Magazine for excellence in Pro Bono service, 2006
Author, “The post of ambassador to Mexico is vital to U.S. security and commerce. Two senators are holding it up.” Los Angeles Times, December 10, 2015.
Quoted, “Mexico Grows Amid Headwinds,” Focus Latin America, December 8, 2015.
Coauthor, “Viewpoints: California should strengthen economic ties with Mexico,” The Sacramento Bee, August 24, 2014.
Coauthor, “A Second Mexican Revolution?,” Foreign Affairs, August 17, 2014.
Quoted, “Report: Feds must see border in new light,” UT San Diego, May 1, 2014
Director, City Year Los Angeles
Member and Director, Pacific Council on International Policy
Member, Advisory Board, MITA Institute & Technology Accelerator, MITA FUND LP
Director, Zócalo Public Square
President, Board of Trustees, Mexican American Bar Foundation, 2007-2009; Member 2002-2009
Member, Stanford Law School Board of Visitors, 2006-2010
Commissioner, Los Angeles City Ethics Commission 2007-2008
Chairman, California Volunteers Public Service Commission (Office of the Governor), 2006-2007
Keynote Speaker, Mexico Private Equity Day, Mexican Association of Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds (AMEXCAP), June 4, 2015.
Keynote Speaker, “Regional Voices: A Border Dialogue,” San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), June 2, 2015.
Keynote Speaker, Visionary Executives Network (VEN) and UCLA Extension Leadership Summit, November 19, 2014.
Speaker, “BFI Roundtable: California-Mexico Trade – Next Steps for Job Creation,” BizFed Institute, September 16, 2014.
Speaker, “A Second Mexican Revolution? Energy Reform and Its Implications for North American Energy Independence,” California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) Annual Meeting, June 7, 2014.
Speaker, “U.S.-Mexico Cooperation: Fostering Innovation, Productivity and Competitiveness in the Global Economy,” Council on Foreign Relations Mexico Forum, May 15, 2014.
Speaker, U.S.-Mexico Synergy Conference, "Mexico's Role in North American Competitiveness," February, 2014.
Speaker, "Engage L.A. Speakers Series" on "Mexico as a Strategic Partner for Los Angeles," Inaugural Getty House, February 28, 2014.
Speaker, "The Role of Policy in Driving Innovation in the U.S. and Mexico," MITA TechTalks, November 18-21, 2013.
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