Marco Aguilar, Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Marco has an impeccable track record of operational and financial excellence. He leads the day-to-day operations at Lang Strategies, LLC. Marco also leads the Business Development, Operations and Management, and Political Strategy Management practice areas for the organization.
Marco spent over eight years as vice president and chief operating officer at the DC Chamber of Commerce. He was responsible for the organization’s day-to-day operations, and led the Chamber from its financial challenges to one of the strongest and most fiscally-responsible business entities in Washington, DC and the entire region.
Prior to his time at the DC Chamber, Marco served as executive director of the Hispanic Council on International Relations (HCIR), where he streamlined operations, directed fundraising initiatives for individuals, foundations and corporations, and facilitated communications on foreign affairs issues to the Administration, Congress, affiliate Hispanic groups and organizations and the general public. He also managed core academic institutes and educational initiatives aimed at students interested in the field of international affairs during his time at the United Negro College Fund Special Project Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP).
- Coordinated partnerships for special programs including Cross Hemispheric Centers of Excellence Teacher Training with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute.
- Launched innovative learning program on Chinese language with the University of Hawaii.
- Managed U.S.-Africa School HIV/AIDS Initiative with the World Bank aimed at secondary students in Africa as well as underdeveloped communities in the U.S.
- Led legislative studies on the Central American region and HIV/AIDS and one on Ethics and Propriety in Latin America in his work with the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala. He also participated in the planning and opening of congressional offices in the interior of the country.
Marco holds a Master’s degree in International Studies from Durham University in the United Kingdom and an undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Marco has lived in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and in many parts of Latin America. He enjoys running, reading and traveling.