Elias Alcantara previously served as White House Senior Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs as President Obama's liaison to hundreds of local officials, including mayors, council members and county executives, across the country. During his tenure at the White House, Elias advised and focused on strategic engagement for a number of policy issues including criminal justice reform, the My Brother's Keeper initiative, immigration reform, veterans homelessness, advanced manufacturing and workforce development.
Before serving in the White House, he served as a U.S. Fellow for the Organization of American States and resided in Santiago, Chile for two years. While in Chile, he completed coursework for a Master of Arts in International Studies at the Universidad de Chile's Institute of International Studies. Elias is a graduate of Lehman College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and is originally from the Bronx, New York where he currently resides.
Elias continues to stay engaged and is currently advising organizations on a number of issues he worked on at the White House including urban affairs, criminal justice reform, policing and youth development with a focus on boys and young men of color.