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Michael C. Camuñez
President and CEO Monarch Global Strategies LLC
Michael C. Camuñez is President and CEO of Monarch Global Strategies LLC, a binational trading and consulting firm providing strategic advice, project development assistance, and supply chain sourcing for companies doing business globally, with a particular emphasis on Mexico and Latin America. Mr. Camuñez has significant experience as a senior executive, independent director, counselor, and advocate advising U.S. companies in domestic and global markets. He possesses a unique combination of political, legal, economic, corporate and international affairs expertise. He is a frequent commentator on international trade, international economics, and the US-Mexico relationship in the press, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, CNBC’s Squawk Box and other media outlets.
Mr. Camuñez served from 2010 to 2013 as one of the nation’s leading commercial diplomats 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. In this role, he visited more than 30 countries to advance U.S. trade and economic policy, helping to expand market access for U.S. industry. As Assistant Secretary, Mr. Camuñez led the Commerce Department’s support of key administration-wide commercial and trade initiatives, including the passage of three key free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama, engagement with the Trans-Atlantic Dialogue, the launch of the Doing Business in Africa Campaign, the U.S.-Turkey Framework for Strategic & Economic Cooperation, and many other efforts through multilateral institutions like APEC and ASEAN. A fluent Spanish speaker, he is most widely recognized for playing a critical role in rebalancing U.S. economic policy toward Mexico. He was the chief architect of the U.S.- Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, which he proposed, coordinated, and later helped launch as a member of President Obama’s delegation and visit to Mexico in May 2013, and which was chaired by then-Vice President Joe Biden.
Concurrent with his appointment as Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Camuñez also served as the President’s representative on international economic issues to the U.S. Helsinki Commission, managing the economic dimension of U.S. engagement with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, with a particular focus on transparency, trade and rule of law issues.
Mr. Camuñez previously served for two years as Special Counsel to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel, as well as Special Assistant to President Obama. He is a former equity partner of the global law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP and of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP.
A graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, Mr. Camuñez is a Director of Edison International (NYSE: EIX), a Fortune 250 power company, and is an Independent Director of the American Funds, one of the nation’s largest families of mutual funds ($1.7 Trillion AUM) managed by the Capital Group. He is also an independent director of Amplify, a privately held Ed Tech portfolio company funded by Laurene Powell-Jobs’ Emerson Collective. Mr. Camuñez is a Trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and of the Stanford University Board of Trustees. A Venture Partner with Ridge-Lane Limited Partners, Camuñez is a director of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Center for Law & Social Policy. He is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.