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Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff

Andeliz Castillo is currently serving as the COO/COS of The LIBRE Initiative based in Arlington, VA. Andeliz manages the day to day operations of a growing and active national non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated in advancing economic freedom principles across the U.S. Hispanic community.

Prior to joining LIBRE, Andeliz served as Deputy Communication Director and Professional Staff Member at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for Chairman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Andeliz was primarily responsible for drafting and disseminating the Committee's statements and editorials on Latin America and the Caribbean.

During the 111th Congress, Andeliz worked for the House of Representative's GOP leadership. She developed best practices and strategies for Members of Congress on how to engage their Hispanic constituency such as how to create a local Hispanic advisory board, and how to reach out to local Spanish-language media outlets. Her national outreach plan also entailed building strong cross-country coalitions with Hispanic organizations to assist in grassroots outreach. Her time in leadership resulted in several new initiatives including the launch of the first Republican Spanish-language response to the President's State of the Union.

In 2008, during the presidential campaign, Andeliz spearheaded Hispanic communications for the Republican National Committee. In addition to being a spokesperson, Andeliz managed a large quantity of surrogates, ensuring they were on message and positioning them in media markets that would provide the most positive impact for the campaign.

Born and raised in New York City to Cuban and Colombian parents, Andeliz first moved to Washington, D.C. to join the staff of Florida Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart. She graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Hispanic Studies. She also studied abroad at La Universidad de Salamanca in Spain and La Scuola Italiana di Montevideo in Uruguay.

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