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Gilberto Valdes

Gil is a Vice President in the Office of Governmental Affairs at New York Life Insurance Co.  He is primarily responsible for monitoring and evaluating state legislative and regulatory proposals covering all life insurance, tax and market conduct issues in all 50 states.  In his role, he coordinates with company experts and with national and state trade associations to develop and advocate positions on issues of interest to the company and the life insurance industry.  He also leads NYL’s Issues Management Process, a management tool used to establish the company’s position and lobbying strategy on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues.  Externally, he is the Chair-Elect for both the Florida and Texas Life Insurance State Trade Associations and chairs several industry-wide substantive committees and task forces.

Prior to joining New York Life, Gil was the Director of the Human Services Division for the New York City Council, the local legislative branch of government.  In that role, he acted as a Chief Advisor to the Speaker and was responsible for reviewing all legislation, legal documentation and oversight prepared by the Division’s multiple legislative committees.  He started his career with a private law firm, as a Litigation and Corporate Associate representing major Lain American banks and companies in the U.S. and abroad, and primarily practicing law in the Federal Court system.

His interest in combining business, community and humanitarian values is reflected in his continued involvement with several leadership initiatives within the Latino community, which serve as a vehicle for young students to develop personally and professionally.

Gil earned his B.S. in Accounting from Fordham University and J.D. from Columbia Law School.  He and his wife, Angela, live in New Hyde Park, N.Y. and they have four children.

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