Congratulations to my good friend and community leader, Felice Gorordo for being selected a White House Fellow. Below is the official press release.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2011
WHITE HOUSE APPOINTS 2011-2012 CLASS OF WHITE HOUSE FELLOWS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships announced the appointment the 2011-2012 Class of White House Fellows. The Fellows come from diverse backgrounds, varied professions, and all have shown a strong commitment to public service and leadership. The 2011-2012 Class of Fellows and their biographies are included below.
The White House Fellows Program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.” This unique opportunity to work within our nation’s government is designed to encourage active citizenship and a lifelong commitment to service. The Fellows also take part in an education program designed to broaden their knowledge of leadership, policy formulation, and current affairs. Community service is another essential element of the program, and Fellows participate in service projects throughout the year in the Washington, DC area.
Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of professional achievement, evidence of leadership potential, and a proven commitment to public service. Each Fellow must possess the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute meaningfully at senior levels in the Federal government. Throughout its history, the program has fostered leaders in many fields, including leaders in government, business, media, medicine, education, diplomacy and the military. Additional information about the White House Fellows program is available at www.whitehouse.gov/fellows.
2011-2012 Class of White House Fellows
Felice Gorordo, Miami, FL. Leonardo Felice Gorordo most recently served as co-founder, chairman and CEO of Raíces de Esperanza (Roots of Hope), a national non-profit focused on youth empowerment in Cuba. He founded Raíces while in college. In 2009, Felice served as an advisor to 17-time Grammy winner Juanes and helped organize the historic “Peace without Borders” concert in Cuba, with 1.2 million in attendance. Previously, he led government sales for Liberty Power, the fastest-growing Hispanic-owned business in the U.S., generating $14.7 million in revenues annually. Prior to that, he worked as a trade specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce, managing a cross-sector caseload valued at $1.5 billion in export content. Felice was featured on CNN’s “Young People Who Rock,” and Latinos in Information Science Technology honored him with the “Rising Star Award.” Felice served as a strategist for the CEO of Jackson Health System and as a member of the University of Miami’s Energy Task Force. He frequently appears as a commentator in the media, including CNN, BBC, NPR, CNBC, and The Economist. Felice is a Georgetown University graduate. Placement: The White House