Special Advisor, SelectUSA, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Mr. Camilo Manjarres currently serves as Acting Deputy Director for Programs & Events and Special Advisor for SelectUSA, the Federal Government-led foreign direct investment attraction program housed inside the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Prior to joining the SelectUSA team, Mr. Manjarres served as Scheduler for Secretary Gina Raimondo through the first 16 months of the Biden-Harris Administration. Prior to Commerce, Mr. Manjarres served as the Director of Operations for the DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA), where he managed a team of 10 overseeing day-to-day community engagement programming, a $5.3 million budget and a language access program. Previously held positions include Associate Director of Scheduling and Advance in the Executive Office of the Mayor, Scheduler and Executive Assistant for Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham(D-NM-01), former Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Special Assistant to Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton(D-DC-00). Prior to his time in D.C., Mr. Manjarres worked his way up to be General Manager of a small business in New Jersey.
Born and raised in Colombia, Camilo Manjarres moved to the United States with his family when he was twelve years old. He is a District of Columbia transplant from the state of New Jersey, where he had resided for twelve years. Mr. Manjarres earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Comparative Politics at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.
Motivated by his firm belief that a good education is the great equalizer, Mr. Manjarres has been an active participant in his community through volunteer service as a tutor and mentor at Boys and Girls Clubs, the SEED School in D.C. and his church's youth group. As an Alumni in Residence at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, an education nonprofit based in the District of Columbia, he served as an in-house mentor for students. Mr. Manjarres continues to look for new ways to remain engaged and to serve his community.