Raul M. Alvillar is a senior executive with two decades of expertise in external affairs, strategic planning, community
relations and political affairs. He, most recently, served as the National Political Director at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where he led political strategy, managed all of the organization’s relationships at the national, state and local level and collaborated with decision makers to disseminate Democratic priorities.
Previously, Raul served in several roles for President Barack Obama’s administration including as Associate Director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, where he was interim LGBT liaison and the liaison between the White House and tastemakers. In this role, he facilitated White House interactions with policy influencers so that they would articulate the President’s message to mass audiences. As
interim LGBT Liaison, he managed the White House rollout of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal.
Raul also served as the Senior Advisor and Congressional Relations Officer to Secretary Shaun Donovan at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) where he advised senior officials regarding issues related to housing, Sustainable Communities and Promise Zones and served as HUD’s liaison to state, local and national elected officials.
Raul began his journey with then-Senator Obama’s as the 52nd hire on the campaign in 2007. He performed a variety of roles including Arizona State Director during the primary and Southwest Political Director.
His professional path included serving as Deputy National Political Director at Senator John Kerry’s Keeping America’s Promise PAC as well as Political Director and Regional Field Director on the John Kerry 2004 Presidential campaign. Raul was named to the Huffington Post’s list of 40 under-40 most influential Latino’s in American Politics in 2014 and 2015. He has been a guest commentator on Fox News, CNN, CNN en Español. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Blade, Politico, USA Today among others.
Raul is a native of New Mexico where he can trace his roots to Queen Isabela’s land grants.