U.S.-Mexico Foundation

José H. Villarreal

Jose H. Villarreal is a consulting senior advisor to the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Prior to becoming a consultant to Akin Gump, Mr. Villarreal was a longtime partner with the firm. Before that, he served as an assistant attorney general in the Public Finance Division of the Texas attorney general’s office and in 1993 served as associate director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. Mr. Villarreal has served in senior roles in a number of presidential campaigns, including, most recently, as a senior advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. In 2000 he served as national treasurer of the Gore-Lieberman campaign and in 1992 as deputy campaign manager of the Clinton-Gore campaign.

Mr. Villarreal has long been active in civic affairs and has served on the governing boards of numerous organizations, both public and private. For many years, he served as chairman of the board of the National Council of La Raza, as vice chair of the board of the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Close-Up Foundation, the nation’s leading civic education organization, and on the board of directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.. He currently serves on the boards of the Center for American Progress, and the New America Alliance, an organization of distinguished American Latino business leaders, PMI Group, Union Pacific and First Solar, Inc.

Mr. Villarreal has been recognized by numerous publications for his achievements and in 2001 was inducted into the prestigious Academy of Law Alumni Fellows by the Indiana University School of Law.

Mr. Villarreal received his B.A. in 1975 from Purdue University and his J.D. in 1979 from the Indiana University School of Law. He is a member of the State of Bar of Texas.

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