Mexico, Central & South America

Monarch Global Strategies

Michael C. Camuñez


310-889-0180 (Los Angeles)

202-850-0422 (Washington, DC)

Michael C. Camuñez | President and CEO

Michael C. Camuñez is President and CEO of Monarch Global Strategies LLC, which provides strategic advice and advocacy to help companies doing business in emerging economies, with a particular emphasis on Mexico and Latin America.

Michael C. Camuñez has significant experience as a senior executive, counselor, and advocate advising U.S. companies in domestic and global markets, and he possesses a unique combination of political, legal, economic, and international expertise.

Michael C. Camuñez served from 2010 to 2013 as one of the nation’s leading commercial diplomats as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce at the International Trade Administration, where he managed a global portfolio to help lead the U.S. government’s efforts to open new markets for U.S. goods and services. In this role, he visited more than 30 countries to advance U.S. trade and economic policy and was appointed by the President to serve on the U.S. Helsinki Commission, managing the economic dimension of U.S. engagement with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Mr. Michael C. Camuñez is most widely recognized for playing a critical role in rebalancing U.S. economic policy toward Mexico, leading numerous trade and policy missions there, and helping to update and modernize a range of initiatives to enhance cross-border trade and investment. He was the chief architect of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, which he proposed, coordinated, and later helped launch during President Obama’s visit to Mexico in May 2013.

Prior to assuming his role at the Department of Commerce, Mr. Michael C. Camuñez served in the Obama White House for two years as Special Counsel to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel, as well as Special Assistant to the President, where he helped manage the President’s appointments to the domestic cabinet. He is a former equity partner of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he counseled and represented companies and financial institutions in international litigation and corporate compliance, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Money Laundering counseling. He previously served in the first term of the Clinton Administration where he focused on domestic policy issues and was on the team that designed and launched the AmeriCorps national service program.

Michael C. Camuñez has been widely recognized for his leadership and community service. In 2014, he received the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute’s National Leadership in Public Service Award in Washington, D.C. He also received the 2014 Mexican American Bar Foundation Professional Achievement Award. He has been named by Poder Magazine as one of the “Top 75 Most Influential Hispanic Americans” in the United States and was a recipient of the 2006 “Angel Award” by California Lawyer Magazine for outstanding pro bono service in California.

James R. Jones

Main: 202-850-0420

Direct: 202-850-0421

James R. Jones | Chairman

Ambassador James R. Jones is the Chairman of Monarch Global Strategies LLC. His practice focuses on international trade, investment and commerce, business-government relations, and financial services. He has worked extensively with a wide range of U.S. businesses seeking to enter or already operating in Mexico, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. He is a former United States Ambassador to Mexico and Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ambassador Jones’ consulting work currently focuses on business development and government relations for clients in Mexico and Latin America. He has provided strategic advice to a multinational automobile manufacturer based in Asia and helped facilitate its entry into the Mexican market. Ambassador Jones has worked with major energy firms in Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Lithuania. He counseled a U.S. insurance company in its purchase of a privatized Mexican company as well as a U.S.-Mexico joint venture to build a water-treatment project in Mexico. Ambassador Jones assisted a U.S.-based resort developer in establishing projects in Mexico and Latin America, and assisted a Class I U.S. railroad with investments in Mexico and Panama.

Ambassador Jones participated in the negotiation, passage, and implementation of NAFTA. He also helped formulate the United States government’s rescue package for Mexico during the 1994 peso crisis, which prevented bankruptcy of the Mexican government. Ambassador Jones’ previous business experience includes his service as Chairman and CEO of the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) in New York. During his tenure at AMEX, listings, revenues and market share increased. He was also President of Warnaco International in New York.

Ambassador Jones’ public service career began at the White House at age 25. At age 28, he became President Lyndon Johnson’s final Appointments Secretary/Chief of Staff. He was also a member of Congress for 14 years, where he was Chairman of the Budget Committee and a ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee.

Andrew Rudman

Direct: 202-850-0424

Mobile: 202-247-8114

Andrew I. Rudman | Managing Director

Andrew I. Rudman counsels clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and nutritional supplement sectors on regulatory and public policy challenges related to market entry and market access in the Americas.

In his previous government and private-sector roles, Andrew gained a valuable perspective on international trade issues. He advocated for industries around the world before various government entities and regulators, and successfully coordinated major trade and foreign policy initiatives. In addition to his counseling practice, he writes and speaks on Mexican healthcare issues, including systemic reform and public-private sector collaboration.

Prior to joining Monarch, Andrew was deputy vice president for the Western Hemisphere at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, where he designed and implemented industry public policy advocacy strategies related to Mexico’s 2012 presidential transition and to Colombia’s pharmaceutical pricing and regulatory policies. Andrew also worked to prevent Brazilian cross-retaliation against intellectual property in the context of the U.S.-Brazil World Trade Organization cotton dispute. In addition, he led industry efforts to have Russia adopt regulatory data protection in conjunction with its WTO accession.

In the public sector, Andrew served as director of the Office of NAFTA and Inter-American Affairs in the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, where he coordinated the U.S.-Mexico Partnership for Prosperity Initiative and provided guidance to U.S. firms seeking access to the Mexican and Canadian markets. Andrew began his government career as a foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State, where he served overseas in Ecuador and Uruguay and on the Brazil desk, and in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in D.C.