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

Another Broken Promise to Hispanics and All Americans

Another Broken Promise to Hispanics and All Americans

The budget agreement, which has been approved by Congress and signed into law by the president, breaks the promise of fiscal responsibility that was made by both parties to the American people.  In order to avoid a default, congressional leaders reached a major budget deal with the White House to allow the country to take on more debt and simultaneously set government spending levels for the next two years.
To Raise the Minimum Wage or Not to Raise the Minimum Wage -- That is a False Choice

To Raise the Minimum Wage or Not to Raise the Minimum Wage — That is a False Choice

The public debate on how to best help the working poor has recently been polarized by pushing the idea that raising the minimum wage is the only solution to fight poverty. Unsurprisingly, this approach is alluring because supporting the working poor in a very direct and seemingly helpful way appeals to our sense of compassion, equity, and “fairness.” However, raising the minimum wage would not be any of those things to the worker who need the most assistance.
Nevada Leads The Nation By Empowering Families Through Universal School Choice

Nevada Leads The Nation By Empowering Families Through Universal School Choice

This month, Nevada’s governor signed the nation’s first universal school choice program into law. This program will dramatically expand educational choice for all families, including the thousands of Hispanic families living in Nevada who, starting next year, will have the opportunity to send their children to better performing schools regardless of their zip code. Nevada’s universal school choice enactment comes at a time when Florida and Texas, two states with a large share of Hispanic students in the k-12 system, recently failed to expand educational choice.
U.S. Businesses Increasingly Targeting Latinas

U.S. Businesses Increasingly Targeting Latinas

Many businesses depend on their ability to broaden the customer base, and adapt their brand appeal to the preferences of diverse groups and demographics. This is why a growing number of companies are ramping up efforts to win over one of the fastest growing consumer markets: U.S. Hispanic women. Latinas are increasingly becoming a powerful force and a recent Nielsen report highlights why.