William Gil

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Senior Director, Government Relations

Research & Policy Division 

WILLIAM RAFAEL GIL Senior Director, Government Affairs, AACRAO In this role, he implements the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission officers (AACRAO’s) public policy agenda and oversees federal government relations, legislative, policy and regulatory matters that could possibly impact the AACRAO membership, which is comprised of 11,000 individual members at over 2,600 higher education institutions. He provides information and strategic advice regarding developments in education policy and regulations relating to college admissions, records, student privacy, financial aid and other issues impacting higher education at the federal, state and local levels. Prior to this position he was the Vice President of Programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) where he oversaw all day-to-day managerial aspects of CHCI’s leadership development programs and educational services including the Congressional Internship, Public Policy Fellowship, Graduate Fellowship, Ready to Lead, Scholarship award programs, as well as CHCI’s educational resources, activities and tools. He was also the Associate Vice President for Collegiate Programs and Federal Relations for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). In this position he was responsible for all aspects of the largest Hispanic internship program in the nation, which coordinates internships for over 600 individuals per year, and forged stronger relationships between the organization, the White House, Congress, federal agencies and member institutions, as well as other national applicable higher education and Hispanic organizations and associations. He also oversaw all regulatory issues that impacted Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) Other working experiences include serving as the Executive Director, as well as a Legislative Assistant, for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), an informal group of Hispanic Members of Congress that is dedicated to advancing issues that affect Latinos in the United States through the legislative process. He has also worked for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program of Arlington County, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). He was born in Venezuela and moved to the United States with his family at young age. He has a Masters in Public Administration from the George Mason University and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a double major in Economics and Spanish Literature. He and his wife Kelly reside in Arlington, VA with their two sons - Alexander Rafael and Dominic Vicente.

Bill's Role at AACRAO

Bill manages and implements AACRAO’s public policy agenda and oversees federal government relations, legislative, policy and regulatory matters impacting the AACRAO membership.