Carlos Trujillo is the former Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS). Prior to his post at the U.S. Department of State, he served as an elected member of the Florida House of Representatives for eight years, was a founding partner of Trujillo, Vargas, Gonzalez and Hevia LLP, and worked as an assistant state attorney in Florida’s 11th Judicial District.
Carlos has a wealth of understanding of U.S. and Latin American politics and business and has strong ties to the Hispanic community, as well as state and national leadership and politics. He is based in Washington, D.C., with offices in Miami.
In 2017, Carlos was appointed by former President Donald J. Trump to serve as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Carlos led the Mission of OAS which is the oldest regional international organization in the world and held the Chair of the Permanent Council, Budget Committee and the Economic Development Committee.
Before his appointment at the OAS, Carlos was appointed by President Trump to serve as a Representative of the United States to the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations under former Ambassador Nikki Haley. In 2020, he was nominated by former President Donald J. Trump to serve as the Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere at the U.S. Department of State.
Prior to his work in Washington, Carlos was elected as State Representative to the 105th District in the Florida House of Representatives, where he served in various capacities, including as Chairman of the Florida House Appropriations Committee which required him to appropriate and oversee an $83.5 billion dollar budget. Additionally, he served as Chair of the Economic Development Subcommittee, and Chair of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee.
Carlos is also the President of Continental Strategy, founder and President of Demand Democracy Now, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida International University. He is also an active member and manager of multiple real-estate holding companies in Coral Gables, Florida. He previously served as a Board Member of the Public Health Trust of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida from 2015 to 2016 and was a member of the Electoral College in 2016.
Carlos earned a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and a Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and received an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He is happily married and resides with his wife and four children in Northern Virginia.