Luis Renta

Luis is the Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program, a forum for emerging leaders from various professions to convene and explore contemporary issues through expert-moderated dialogue. Socrates is designed to open the Institute’s doors to a broader audience and further both its educational goals and hopes that thought will lead to action. A former diplomat and expert on subnational diplomacy, Luis also currently serves as an Advisor to the United States Conference of Mayors.

Previously, Luis served in various positions at the U.S. Department of State, including as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of the Secretary of State, Vice Chairman of the Secretary’s Open Forum, and Senior Advisor on the Intergovernmental Affairs Staff. During his tenure, Luis promoted subnational diplomacy, bringing elected leaders from around the world together with their U.S. counterparts, in order to foment peer-to-peer relationships and promote U.S. foreign policy priorities. Before joining the State Department, Luis spent ten years as a trade negotiator for the Caribbean region working on bilateral trade disputes, regional trade pacts, and multilateral trade agreements; including the EU-CARICOM Economic Partnership Agreement, the Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) and the WTO Doha Round. He started his career working in product management and marketing for Unilever.

Luis earned his MPA from Columbia University, a Masters in Multilevel Economic Governance from Science Po (Institut d’études politiques de Paris) and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and lively toddler daughter.