Luis comes to the Aspen Institute from the U.S. Department of State where he was serving as the Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Bureau of Public Affairs. In this role, Luis promoted sub-national engagement, 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. Luis was responsible for the Department’s interaction with state, local and tribal governments. During his tenure he was a negotiator for the New Urban Agenda, adopted by the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III). Previously, Luis served as the 85th Benjamin Franklin Fellow working in the Office of the Secretary of State. During his fellowship he successfully negotiated Memorandums of Understating on sub-national diplomacy with Brazil and South Africa, and was a member of the team that created the U.S.-China Governors’ Forum.
Before joining the U.S. Department of State, Luis spent ten years as a diplomat for the Caribbean region working on trade policy and negotiations. His previous experience includes work on the Economic Partnership Agreement between the Caribbean States and the European Union, which expanded access to European markets for the small island nations of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Luis led the diplomatic efforts to include the Dominican Republic in the Central American Free Trade Agreement, creating the DR-CAFTA. 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 and Resource Economics from the University of California.