Mauricio Claver-Carone

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Mauricio Claver-Carone is an American attorney, policy advocate and senior U.S. federal government official.


Claver-Carone earned his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Rollins College, J.D. cum laude from The Catholic University of America and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center.[1]

He was the founder and host of the bilingual foreign policy show "From Washington Al Mundo" on Sirius-XM's Cristina Radio (Channel 146), led by the Emmy-award winning journalist and media personality, Cristina Saralegui.[2] Poder Magazine recognized him as one of 20 entrepreneurs, executives, leaders and artists under 40 who are shaping the future of the US and the world.[3]

As a content expert, Claver-Carone has written regularly for The Huffington Post,[4] and has been published in The Wall Street Journal,[5] The New York Times, and the World Affairs Journal.[6] He has also published in academic journals, including Georgetown's Journal of International Law and the Yale Journal of International Affairs.

Claver-Carone has provided expert Congressional testimony before the Committees on Agriculture, Foreign Affairs, the Judiciary and Natural Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law and as an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law School.

Government positions[edit]

Claver-Carone was the acting U.S. Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). As such, he represented the United States, as the largest shareholder, on the IMF's Executive Board. During his tenure, Claver-Carone led U.S. support for the IMF's $57 billion stand-by loan, the largest in its history, for Argentina. He was previously Senior Advisor for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Earlier in his career, he had served as an Attorney-Advisor for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he provided counsel on banking laws and securitizations.

In 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump appointed Claver-Carone as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the United States National Security Council's Western Hemisphere Affairs division.[7][8]

Cuba policy advocacy[edit]

Claver-Carone is a known advocate of the policy positions that the United States has taken against the Cuban government. He has written numerous columns in support of U.S. policy towards Cuba, particularly the United States embargo against Cuba, and in favor of a transition on the island towards democracy, free markets and the rule of law.

He has also been a prominent critic of the current government of Venezuela. He has taken part in various televised debates on U.S. policy towards the Western Hemisphere and U.S.-Cuba relations.

Claver-Carone was Executive Director of Cuba Democracy Advocates. In an independent capacity, he also served on the Board of Directors of the US-Cuba Democracy PAC, which purports to be the largest, single foreign-policy political action committee in the United States, and the largest Hispanic political action committee in history. He was editor of the pro-embargo blog Capitol Hill Cubans.


  1. ^ "Mauricio Claver-Carone". Quarterly Americas. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "From Washington Al Mundo". Cristina Radio. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  3. ^ Lewis, Bridget. "Claver-Carone to be Diversity Lecture Series speaker". University of Texas Arlington. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "Mauricio Claver-Carone". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 18, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ Claver-Carone, Mauricio (June 23, 2015). "When Helping 'the Cuban People' Means Bankrolling the Castros". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 18, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Mauricio Claver-Carone". World Affairs Journal. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  7. ^ Caputo, Marc (August 31, 2018). "Trump packs foreign policy team with Cuba hardliners from Florida". Politico. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Ordoñez, Franco (August 30, 2018). "Cuba hardliner to be elevated to key White House post on Latin America". McClatchyDC. Retrieved December 29, 2018.

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