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.

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President’s Budget Empowers Education Bureaucracy, not Hispanic Students (and Families)

This week, Secretary Duncan testified before the House Appropriations committee over the U.S. Department of Education’s proposal to increase funding for competitive education grants by 6.9% at the expense of the long-standing “formula allocated” education grants, which would see a 4.9% cut. Of particular concern is the Individuals with Disability Act (IDEA) formula grant program, which helps schools pay for the additional cost of educating students with disabilities.