Dan Restrepo served as the principal advisor to President Barack Obama on issues related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. He was special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council from March 2009 to July 2012.
Restrepo currently serves as a consultant for a wide range of clients, including multinational media and technology companies, independent energy producers, private equity funds, major consumer products and infrastructure companies, and global law firms. He is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a regular conference speaker, and an on-air contributor for CNN Español.
As an advisor to the White House, Restrepo managed the development and implementation of US security, economic, energy, and trade policy related to the Western Hemisphere. He also managed presidential participation in 30 bilateral meetings, two Summits of the Americas, two North American Leaders’ Summits, three trips to Mexico, and visits to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. He served as advisor and principal Spanish-language media surrogate to the Obama presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012.
Restrepo worked as an associate at the law firm of Williams & Connolly, LLP, and served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Restrepo also worked for Rep. Lee H. Hamilton on the staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the mid-1990s.
He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.