Director of Strategic Planning
Elvis Cordova is the President and Founder of Statecraft Strategies, a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. His firm advises organizations and municipalities on effective management practices and federal policy-making by providing market and political intelligence, strategic planning for enhancing community-based and capacity building programs, and stakeholder engagement support.
Mr. Cordova is a seasoned executive with over 15 years of experience developing and implementing solutions for some of the most significant and high-profile challenges facing the U.S. public sector. He has an intimate knowledge of the workings of the U.S. government, strong relationships with a range of economic policymakers around the globe in key markets, and a unique combination of political, legal, economic, and international expertise. He is a proven strategist and manager, adept at building coalitions and communicating effectively to diverse stakeholders.
In 2012, Mr. Cordova was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Cordova served in various leadership roles at USDA, including Deputy Under Secretary and Acting Under Secretary. He oversaw food labeling programs (including organic and biotechnology), international trade regulations, research & educational grant programs, and the expansion of local and regional food systems. He also served on the White Task Force for Puerto Rico, focusing on building public-private partnerships to aid in the economic recovery efforts for the island. Mr. Cordova was a Presidential Management Fellow at the Farm Credit Administration and at the U.S. Department of Energy where his work encompassed alternative energy, economic development, financial services, and congressional & public relations.
Outside of the federal government, he served as a consultant for the United Nations where he focused on trade development strategies for emerging markets. He also served as Vice President of Public Relations at Tzolkin Media Inc. and Director for Latin American programs at the Self Reliance Foundation. Mr. Cordova began his career as a financial analyst at the Harvard Management Company.
He is a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. He also holds various professional certificates from Georgetown University, Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’État (France), and Pontificia Universidade Catolica (Brazil).
In his personal time, Mr. Cordova works with various national leadership organizations to create and expand opportunities for diverse communities in the Washington, D.C. area. He has previously served on the Executive Board of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. He most recently served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for La Cocina VA.
Mr. Cordova presently lives in Alexandria, VA and has previously lived in Latin America and Europe. His languages include Spanish, Portuguese, and French.