Carlos Alvarez-Aranyos

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Carlos Álvarez-Aranyos
Born (1980-09-25) September 25, 1980 (age 34)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Nationality Dominican
Alma mater George Washington University, Master's
University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.A.
Occupation Political Consultant & Speechwriter
Parent(s) Luis Alvarez Renta

Carlos Álvarez-Aranyos (born September 25, 1980) is a strategic communications consultant and adventurer. He is a former political columnist, journalist, screenwriter and actor.

Personal Life and Education[edit]

Born on September 25, 1980, in the Dominican Republic, he was educated in the United States, attending schools in Florida, Connecticut, and California. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in political science, and received his master's degree in political management from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.[1]

His father is famed Dominican financier Luis Alvarez Renta, and he is a nephew of noted fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. He was previously engaged to actress Christy Carlson Romano,[1] and is a former resident of Monaco.[2]

In 2012, he served as a judge for the Miss New York USA pageant.[3]


Strategic Communications Consulting[edit]

He works as a strategic communications consultant through his company, CAA Communications.[4] Known engagements include work for the United States Department of Defense[5] and for QI Path, a medical risk management company.[6]

He received media coverage for his views on the United States Supreme Court arguments over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He was quoted as saying, "insurance isn’t a 'product you buy,' it’s the way society shares the burden for keeping people healthy: It doesn’t apportion care, it apportions risk – you pay for what you will consume. Buying it is about taking responsibility for yourself."[7]

He is an active user on Twitter. His tweets about the Edward Snowden case prompted a public dispute with journalist Glenn Greenwald.[8]


At the age of sixteen, he founded the Internet edition of the Listín Diario,[9] the largest newspaper in the Caribbean. He was recognized for the achievement by Leonel Fernandez Reyna, president of the Dominican Republic.[10]

In 2006, he founded The Columnist, where he wrote a weekly political column.[11]

Screenwriting and Acting[edit]

He has reportedly written over ten screenplays, although only a project titled The Last Race has been produced.[1]

He also previously worked as an actor (under the stage name Cal Thomas), starring in various films and television programs. His most notable work was in AfterThought, in which he played a serial killer. He also acted in a commercial for Visa.[1]

He was involved in a violent motorcycle crash the day after screen-testing for the lead role in "The Cutting Edge 2".[1]

Adventure Travel & Philanthropy[edit]

He founded Team CAA, an "adventure travel team that raises money for charity."[12] The team's adventures have included the Mongol Rally,[13] which raised funds for UNICEF,[14] and the Rickshaw Run,[15] which raised funds for the HEARTS orphanage in Nellore, India.[16]

One of his updates from the Mongol Rally was selected by The Adventurists as one of the "Top 10 Team Updates from the Mongol Rally." It read, "My challenge to cops: Spanish-speaking Dominican guy with Afghan beard and American attitude traveling on a Hungarian passport while driving a New York-registered Smart car on a Monaco license with French insurance. If they can write the ticket I will happily pay it.”[13]

He rode his Harley-Davidson motorcycle from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. as part of "Run for the Wall", a veteran's movement that organized visits to VFWs, VA hospitals, war memorials and schools across the country, and which culminated with participation in the "Rolling Thunder" parade on Memorial Day 2006.[1]

He traveled to Guinea on behalf of AMADE-Monaco to oversee construction of a school, and to Beirut, Lebanon on behalf of Les Amis du Liban to oversee construction of a Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital.[17]

He is a public supporter of animal charities. He appeared in the Wall Street Journal while attending the Humane Society's annual benefit gala in New York.[18] He also served as a model - alongside his dog, Alfie - in the Washington Humane Society's annual Fashion for Paws runway show.[19]


  1. ^ a b c d e f [1] Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Listed in the Monegasque directory.
  3. ^ (January 18, 2012) Congratulations to the newly crowned Miss New York USA 2012
  4. ^ Yatedo profile of Carlos Álvarez-Aranyos
  5. ^ Vebidoo profile of Carlos Álvarez-Aranyos
  6. ^ QI Path (October 27, 2013) "QI Path Introduces Enterprise Genomics."
  7. ^ Jeff Kelly Lowenstein (March 27, 2012), "Supreme Court Health Care Arguments, Day Two: Why black and Latino Illinoisans should care." Vívelo Hoy
  8. ^ Muck Rack
  9. ^ Listín Diario Online
  10. ^ Letter from President Fernandez included in the printed edition of the Listín Diario in November, 1996.
  11. ^ The Columnist
  12. ^ Team CAA Website
  13. ^ a b The Adventurists (July 26, 2012), Top 10 Team Updates on the Mongol Rally.
  14. ^ Team CAA's Mongol Rally fundraising page on JustGiving
  15. ^ The Adventurists (April 26, 2013), Team CAA on the Rickshaw Run.
  16. ^ Team CAA Rickshaw Run fundraising page on JustGiving
  17. ^ Monaco & Development Cooperation: The associative and public action, 4th Edition
  18. ^ Nell Alk (December 19, 2012) "From Bulls and Bears to Big Bird" The Wall Street Journal
  19. ^ Lahaina Mae Mondonedo (April 10, 2010), "Fashion show raises money for Fido and Felix" Vimeo