Alfonso Aguilar is the Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, a Washington, DC-based advocacy group, which promotes conservative values and ideals within the Latino community and works to integrate Latinos into fuller and more active participation and leadership in the conservative movement.
Mr. Aguilar is the first and former Chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship. Appointed by President George W. Bush, Mr. Aguilar was responsible for developing and promoting initiatives and programs to educate immigrants about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and encourage their integration into American civic culture. He led the effort to develop the new naturalization test of the United States, which took effect on October 1, 2008. And also served as Chair of the Task Force on New Americans’ Technical Committee, an interagency federal task force created by President Bush, to enhance and coordinate government-wide immigrant integration initiatives.
Before joining the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003, Mr. Aguilar served in numerous high-level government positions in the Bush Administration and the government of Puerto Rico, including Deputy Director of Public Affairs at U.S. Department of Energy, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration and Press Secretary to former Governor Pedro Rossello of Puerto Rico.
Mr. Aguilar has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a member of the Puerto Rico Bar and is the U.S. representative of the Citizenship and Values Foundation based in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Aguilar is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the North American Center for Trans-Border Studies at Arizona State University and of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
Mr. Aguilar hosts a weekly conservative radio talk show in Spanish, which airs nationally through Univision radio. He also writes a bi-monthly Op-Ed column for the daily La Opinion of Los Angeles, California, the largest Spanish language newspaper in the country, and frequently appears as a guest policy analyst in major nation radio and TV shows, including the Michael Medved, Lou Dobbs and Laura Ingraham shows, The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC Hardball, CNN’s Larry King Live, Telemundo’s Enfoque, Univision’s Despierta America and CNN en Espanol’s Choque de Opiniones.