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Elvis Cordova

President and Founder of Statecraft Strategies

New to Management: What I Wish I'd Known

Elvis Cordova is the President and Founder of Statecraft Strategies, a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. His firm advises organizations and municipalities on effective management practices and federal policy-making by providing market and political intelligence, strategic planning for enhancing community-based and capacity building programs, and stakeholder engagement support.

Mr. Cordova is a seasoned executive and proven strategist with over 15 years of experience developing and implementing solutions for some of the most significant and high-profile challenges facing the public and private sectors. In 2012, Mr. Cordova was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in various leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He oversaw food labelling programs (including organic and biotechnology), international trade regulations, research & educational grant programs, and the expansion of local and regional food systems. He also served on the White Task Force for Puerto Rico, focusing on building public-private partnerships. Mr. Cordova started his federal career a Presidential Management Fellow at the Farm Credit Administration and later at the U.S. Department of Energy where his work encompassed alternative energy, economic development, financial services, and congressional & public affairs. Outside of the federal government, Mr. Cordova worked as a consultant for the United Nations where he concentrated on trade development strategies for emerging markets. Mr. Cordova began his career as a financial analyst at the Harvard Management Company.

He is a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. He also holds various professional certificates from Harvard University, Georgetown University, University of California at Berkeley, Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad de Buenos Aires, École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État in France, and Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Brazil.