President & Chief Executive Officer
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 a growing economic and governmental advisor firm, The Washington Economics Group, Inc. (WEG). 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 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. 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. She also serves as Chair of the South Florida Humanitarian Network for Cuba, a network to coordinate humanitarian assistance for the South Florida community that would be activated when a major humanitarian event, natural disaster or a political transition in Cuba affects the South Florida community. Among the numerous awards she has received are the 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, Ms. Villamil was awarded the American Red Cross Spectrum Award for her service to the organization. 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.
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 Vermont, and 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, TJ Villamil, a graduate student at the University of Florida.Back to List