Marielena Villamil has an outstanding record of accomplishments in business consulting, higher education and civic leadership. Ms. Villamil is cofounder and serves as Chief Executive Officer of an established economic and governmental advisor firm, The Washington Economics Group, Inc. (WEG), based in Coral Gables, FL (www.weg.com). She founded the firm in 1993 with nationally recognized economist, Dr. Tony Villamil, former US Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. Ms. Villamil has extensive and high level contacts in the corporate, public-sector and educational communities of Florida, Washington, DC and Latin America, in addition to significant experience in governmental relations, the management of economic consulting services and in the education and training of multicultural and multilingual workforces.
Currently, Ms. Villamil serves on multiple community boards. She sits on the District Board of Trustees of Miami-Dade College, appointed in 2006 by former Governor Jeb Bush and twice appointed by former Governor Charlie Crist, and confirmed by the Senate of the State of Florida. Recently, Ms. Villamil was recently elected to serve on the Board and on the Executive Committee of the United Way of Miami-Dade County, and she was appointed the Chair of their Public Policy Committee. In May 2012, Ms. Villamil was appointed Chair of the South Florida Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), a nationally recognized organization whose mission centers on awarding scholarships based on merit to Hispanic students. She was elected in December 2007 to serve on the Board of Directors of the Coral Gables Community Foundation whose mission is to promote programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for people living and working in the Coral Gables Community. Ms. Villamil is the recent past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys, where she has been a director since June of 2003, and presently serves as Trustee of the Board. She also serves as Chair of the South Florida Humanitarian Network for Cuba, a network to coordinate humanitarian assistance. On July 8, 2009, she was elected to the National Board of Directors of the Cuban American National Council (CNC), a non-profit organization providing human services to persons in need from all racial and ethnic groups, and is a founding member of the Cuba Corps based in Coral Gables, FL.
Among the numerous awards she has received are the first Dr. Mario Villarroel International Leadership Award in 2005 for her work with the Latin American communities, the Southeast Service Area International Humanitarian Service Award in 2007 “for exceptional humanitarian actions” and the 2008 Cynthia Wedel Award for “superior and outstanding leadership services to the community.” Most recently, in 2012, Ms. Villamil was awarded the Good Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America and the American Red Cross Spectrum Award for her service to the organization. CAMACOL (Latin Chamber of Commerce of USA) has given her 2 awards: in 2009 she was named the Successful Hispanic Woman of the Year and in 2012, she received the Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Ms. Villamil earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans, LA, and a Master’s Degree from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.
She also completed PhD coursework at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. She currently resides in Coral Gables with her husband, Tony Villamil. She has two grown daughters and a son.
I have seen firsthand the results of the mission of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). When I see the faces of the HSF alumni, I know that we are filling a gap, and the work and effort are worthwhile! The Fund contributes to the future successes of the Hispanic youth of this country, and as a Hispanic, I am convinced that our community needs to help the future as much as possible. In today’s world, higher education is a must. Our children need degrees beyond the high school….and the HSF facilitates the next step in their lives.
When awarded HSF scholarships, these students feel rewarded and empowered. They know that the scholarships help them reach their goals. And they don’t forget it! They are appreciative of the opportunities given to them, and they succeed in their fields! The HSF plays an essential role in the lives of the future Hispanic entrepreneurs and leaders of this Nation.