Cristóbal Alex is a senior government, political and advocacy leader. He is a Managing Director of Tusk Strategies, and has leadership roles in Pericles — a new Tusk Holdings company — which works with early stage startups solely in return for equity, and with Tusk Philanthropies on mobile voting and ending child hunger.
Prior to joining Tusk, Cristóbal served as the White House Deputy Cabinet Secretary linking the White House and Cabinet, and supporting agency coordination on a portfolio of the President’s top priorities, including the historic American Rescue Plan and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and a whole-of-government approach to promote equity. Among Biden for President’s first hires, Cristóbal served as a Senior Advisor to Joe Biden where he helped develop and implement state and national strategy, including the primary campaign’s political and coalition efforts, and served on the Biden-Sanders Unity Taskforce, and later on the Presidential Transition Team.
Prior to that, Cristóbal was the founding President of the Latino Victory Fund helping elect more than 70 candidates to office, from the school board to the U.S. Senate. After successfully building the organization, Cristóbal served as Hillary for America’s National Deputy Director of Voter Outreach and Mobilization where he managed a team to register, persuade, and mobilize the core coalition groups that form the base of the Democratic Party as well as the Expansion States program to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 37 states.
Before his transition into politics, Cristóbal spent five years working with George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation where he managed more than $75M in grants to strengthen and protect our democracy. Cristóbal started his career as a civil rights lawyer with MacDonald Hoague & Bayless, one of the nation’s leading law firms, and led the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights. A native of El Paso, Texas, Cristóbal received his J.D. from the University of Washington where he served as student body president.
Best way to start the day
Hanging out with my two little daughters,
aka my #BabyBosses ages one and four.
Favorite place in Washington D.C.
Off the Record, the basement bar across from the White House. If you find me there chances are good that I’m in the process of trying to convince someone of something, or being convinced of something, while sipping on an old fashioned.