Valerio Martinelli was born and raised in Rome, Italy. He graduated from George Mason University receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs. Valerio brings years of experience in federal, state and local governments and higher education institutions having served for over five years as a Legislative Assistant for the law firms of McConnell Valdes, PLLC and Lasa, Monroig & Veve, LLP. Given his experience working closely with universities with a high percentage of Hispanic enrollment, Valerio has extensive knowledge of the challenges Hispanics face in pursuing higher education. Valerio is also a passionate believer in the principles of economic freedom and their potential to increase the prosperity of the Hispanic communities around the country. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

Valerio currently serves The Libre Initiative as a Policy Analyst.

Posts by Valerio

Fiscal Irresponsibility Just Got More Expensive

Fiscal Irresponsibility Just Got More Expensive

For the second time in a decade, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate last Wednesday by a quarter of a percentage point and it anticipates more increases in 2017. While this change is generally received as a welcome development by savers – as the money in our savings accounts will finally start yielding … Read More
Freedom is Fragile

Cubans Know Ideas Matter

Fidel Castro is dead. Thousands of Cubans, many of whom lived under Castro’s regime, gathered in the streets of Miami to celebrate his death. For them, his passing marked the symbolic end of a reign of terror, a nightmare that destroyed thousands of lives and forced a million Cubans to leave their homes and seek … Read More
A $15 minimum wage wall

The $15 Minimum Wage Wall

Throughout this election season, the debate about how to deal with undocumented immigration has been dominated by talk of an enormous 1,989-mile-long border wall between the United States and Mexico. The idea of building walls as a policy solution has resurfaced periodically in the world since the Bronze Age, when the great walls of Troy … Read More
Lights Out in Puerto Rico—The Real Cost Of “Free Electricity”

Lights Out in Puerto Rico—The Real Cost Of “Free Electricity”

In the midst of the economic suffering caused by the Puerto Rican debt crisis, the people of the island are anxiously awaiting the light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, that light – if it ever appears, is going to be extremely expensive. According to CNN Money, electricity prices in Puerto Rico are going … Read More