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

School Choice in Washington D.C. – Working So Well, the White House Wants to Kill It

School Choice in Washington D.C. – Working So Well, the White House Wants to Kill It

One of the most frustrating truisms of “business as usual” in Washington D.C. is that when something works ‘too well,’ the government loves to step in and stop it. Sadly, this might be the fate of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), a school choice program that allows thousands of disadvantaged, low-income, and minority children to escape failing schools and instead receive a quality education.
Balanced Budget Could Help Towards Fiscally Responsible Path

Balanced Budget Could Help Towards Fiscally Responsible Path

Around the country, millions of hard working Hispanic families must make difficult decisions on their budgets in order to live within their means. Congress should act no differently. Yet Republicans in the House of Representative are struggling to come together on an agreement over the 2017 budget resolution, and the possibility of Congress passing spending bills without a fiscally responsible budget becomes more likely each day.
Business-as-Usual in Washington Enables Federal Deficit and National Debt to Soar

Business-as-Usual in Washington Enables Federal Deficit and National Debt to Soar

Last week, the U.S. national debt reached a new record high of $19 trillion. Put in perspective, this number represents $59,000 dollars per person living in the U.S. These numbers may sound shockingly astronomical, but they should hardly be surprising. Just last month the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that the annual budget deficit is projected to rise by over $100 billion this year – to more than $550 billion – and exceed $1 trillion by 2022.