WASHINGTON, DC, September 12, 2011 – Ogilvy Government Relations launched the first Spanish-language website for a government relations firm, www.spanish.ogilvygr.com. The website is part of the firm’s continued focus on serving clients’ best interests in one of the country’s most dynamic constituencies. The launch coincides with the kickoff of National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute weeklong meeting in Washington, DC.
“OGR has two of the most accomplished Hispanic government affairs experts, Moses Mercado and Dean Aguillen,” said OGR CEO Drew Maloney, “This effort highlights OGR’s commitment to the growth and importance of the Hispanic community with regard to business and marketing opportunities.”
“I have witnessed tremendous growth in Hispanic business outreach over the past fifteen years in Washington, said OGR Co-Chairman, Moses Mercado, “The Congressional Hispanic Caucus used to be able to meet in a phone booth, but now we have much greater influence over the key policy decisions affecting communities across the country.”
Mercado is a prominent leader in the Hispanic community, serving on the board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and as one of the first Superdelegates to support President Barack Obama during his historic campaign for the presidency in 2008.
“Many companies, domestic and multinational, are developing plans to work with leaders in the Hispanic community,” said OGR Senior Vice President, Dean Aguillen, “It’s great to see companies reaching out to this key constituency.”
Aguillen, also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Board, was recognized as one of the most 100 Influential Hispanics in the United States, and was a senior advisor to then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“I applaud these efforts to highlight the importance of outreach to the Hispanic community,” said Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman, Congressman Charlie Gonzalez.
“I speak to folks in the private sector and business organizations every day about the importance of understanding the Hispanic community,” stated San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. “This type of outreach by Aguillen and Mercado, and their commitment to helping Hispanic education efforts, should be commended.”
OGR is one of the most innovative government relations firms in Washington. The firm is consistently ranked as a “Top 10” government relations firm and was listed as one of The Washington Post’s Top 200 businesses in the metropolitan area. For more than a decade, the professionals at OGR have effectively represented leading corporations and institutions with legislative and regulatory concerns in Washington, DC.
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Moses C. Mercado
Chairman, Ogilvy Government Relations
With more than fifteen years of experience at the highest levels of Congress, national politics and corporate lobbying, Moses C. Mercado has developed an expertise in the development of public policy and managing effective public affairs campaigns. Mercado is a premier political organizer who has designed and executed winning strategic plans for leading public officials including U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, U.S. Senator John Kerry and U.S. House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt. Mercado was named to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Board in 2008.
Currently, Mercado is Chairman at Ogilvy Government Relations in Washington, DC. In that capacity, Mercado advises Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions and national trade associations on successfully navigating legislative and regulatory challenges. In particular, Mercado develops comprehensive strategic plans to stabilize crises through the coordination of legislative advocacy, coalition building, paid media, grassroots organizing and media outreach. Mercado had previously served as Vice President of Federal Affairs to the American Insurance Association where he shaped the association’s public policy goals and advised the nation’s leading insurance companies
Mercado’s political and public policy experience includes high-ranking jobs in the U.S. House Democratic Leader’s office and the Democratic National Committee. As the DNC’s Deputy Executive Director of Inter-Governmental Affairs, Mercado was responsible for outreach and communications to Members of Congress, Governors, Mayors and local elected officials. Prior to that, as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, Mercado managed day-to-day operations of the Leader’s office and served as liaison Members of the Democratic Caucus with an emphasis on newly elected Members. Additionally, Mercado served as an advisor to Senator John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign overseeing efforts in the critical swing state of New Mexico.
A native of Texas, Mercado is a graduate of the University of Texas and received a law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. He is a member of the Texas Bar and the American Bar Association. As an At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee, Mercado served as a super delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Senior Vice President, Ogilvy Government Relations
Dean Aguillen joined Ogilvy Government Relations, one of Washington’s most successful bipartisan government relations firms, in 2007 as a senior vice president and currently provides counsel to some of the top corporations in the United States on government relations and political strategy. As a native Texan and someone who has worked for many years in the California delegation, he is keenly alert to the issues in Southwest and West.
Named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States in 2007 by Hispanic Business magazine, Aguillen previously served as a senior advisor and Director of Member Services in the Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In this role Aguillen was one of the Speaker’s primary advisors on matters pertaining to members of Congress and played a key role in the formulation of the Speaker’s agenda. As a Member of the Speakers staff, he worked closely with many governments in Latin America and traveled extensively throughout the region. Aguillen joined Congresswoman Pelosi’s staff in 2002 after her election to House Democratic leadership as Democratic Whip. During this time he served as a liaison to Democratic members and their staffs and advised them on legislative strategy, parliamentary procedures and floor scheduling.
Besides his work in Congress, numerous campaigns and various political and governmental organizations, Aguillen had the privilege of working for the Clinton Administration. On July 5, 1999, President Clinton appointed Aguillen to the position of Special Assistant in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor and later promoted to Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Chief of Staff for Congressional Affairs. In these various capacities at the Department, Aguillen reviewed and analyzed significant congressional and executive administration proposals and issues pertaining to or affecting the nation’s workforce. In addition, he served as a liaison between the Department and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and intergovernmental organizations including the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Conference of State Legislators.
Aguillen is frequently cited as a government relations expert in publications such as, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, Roll Call and The Hill. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Avance, Inc., a national non-profit organization based in San Antonio, Texas focusing on early childhood education and is a board member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.
Aguillen received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, with double majors in political science and communications, radio-television. He later went on to complete his Master of Arts degree in public communications at the American University in Washington, DC.