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Jaime Areizaga-Soto is an attorney, Latino leader in Virginia, and U.S. Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Judge Advocate General JAG officer, who serves as the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC). Areizaga-Soto served as the Deputy Director for Hispanic Affairs at the DNC during President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign. He is a graduate of Stanford Law and Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, a former President of the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia, and a former White House Fellow.
Areizaga-Soto, a U.S. Army National Guard Colonel JAG, is currently activated by the U.S. Army National Guard to attend the senior service college at Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C. He is enrolled in the Inter-American Defense College (IADC) and attends coursework at the National War College (NWC) and the Eisenhower School (formerly known at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces - ICAF).
He is admitted to the practice of law in New York and Washington, DC. He is the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC) and is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and the Virginia Hispanic Bar Association.
He is fluent in Portuguese, French and Spanish and has travelled extensively throughout the world, including Latin America, Turkey, Europe, Israel, Russia, Jordan, and Southeast Asia. Areizaga-Soto obtained a juris doctor from Stanford Law School. and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. He received a B.S. with honors from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he completed the Hoya Battalion ROTC Program.
For over 12 years and until 2007, Areizaga-Soto worked as an international lawyer concentrating in the areas of transportation, electricity, and renewable energy. He worked as an attorney for over eight years in the Global Project Finance Group of Clifford Chance out of the São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York and Washington offices. His work entailed structuring and negotiating infrastructure projects resulting in the creation of thousands of jobs and social, economic and sustainable development. Before Clifford Chance, he worked with White & Case LLP, Hogan & Hartson LLP, and Paul, Weiss LLP in Washington, DC.
Areizaga-Soto, an Eagle Scout, grew up in Puerto Rico, the son of an elementary school teacher and a Korean War veteran.
Areizaga-Soto served as the Deputy Director for Hispanic Affairs at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign. His tasks included gaining the support of Latino voters for President Obama in the battleground states. Exit polls indicate that 72-75% of Latinos supported President Obama in the 2012 election.
From January 2012 to July 2013, he served as the President of the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia (DLOV), the Hispanic Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA). In 2011, he was a candidate for the Virginia State Senate. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in the newly created 31st Senate District, which included parts of Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun County.
From 2010 to 2011, he was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, DC.
During the 2011 Virginia General Assembly session and during the 2010 session, he served as the Advisor to the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus. In 2009, he served as the Principal Advisor for Latino Affairs to the 2009 Democratic candidate for Governor of Virginia.
In 2007 after a long and rigorous selection process, Areizaga-Soto was selected as a White House Fellow by a President Commission. The White House Fellows program, founded by President Johnson, is considered the most prestigious leadership and public service program in the United States. Areizaga-Soto was assigned to the Department of Treasury until 2009.
Since early 2011, Areizaga-Soto serves in the Arlington County Transportation Commission. Areizaga-Soto is an officer in a number of Hispanic civic and political organizations. He served as Deputy Finance Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC). Areizaga-Soto was selected to participate in the 2009 leadership program of the University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. In 1998, he served as an international election observer in Venezuela under former President Jimmy Carter, and in 1996 he served as an election observer in Nicaragua. In 2014 Virginia Gobernor, Terry McAuliffe, named Jaime Areizaga Soto Virginia's Undersecretary of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
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