MOISES "MOE" V. VELA, JR.
Moe Vela’s diverse career and experience uniquely position him at the epicenter of where law, politics, business, and finance intersect.
Moe Vela is the CEO of MoeVela, LLC, a strategic business advisory firm, with business partnerships and ventures that span the globe across a diversity of sectors and industries. He is also the Founder of The Vela Group, LLC, a global business development consulting firm. In addition to running his firms, he is Of Counsel/Senior Advisor at the law firm of Stein Mitchell Beato and Missner. Mr. Vela is also Chief Transparency Officer and on the Board of Directors at TransparentBusiness, a leading SaaS company providing remote workforce management technology, and the Board of Directors of TruConnect, one of the nation’s premier Lifeline companies.
Moe’s most recent entrepreneurial endeavor is as the co-creator, co-producer, and co-star of the hottest new business reality streaming series. Mr. Vela stars alongside the likes of Steve Wozniak, Lance Bass, Rosie Rios, and several other business titans and luminaries.
Vela is a long-time Washington insider, and his leadership & counsel have been sought by some of the country’s top political and business leaders. Mr. Vela served as the Director of Administration and Senior Advisor for then-Vice President Joe Biden. The stint was his second White House appointment as he also served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Advisor on Hispanic Affairs for Vice President Al Gore. Vela holds the distinction of being the first Hispanic-American to serve twice in the White House in a senior executive role.
Vela is often heard as a keynote speaker and is a frequent contributor or quoted in articles in the Associated Press, Fortune, Forbes, The Guardian, The Hill, INC magazine, Yahoo Finance, and The Daily Mail, to name a few. Moe is often seen on Fox, Fox Business, Yahoo Finance TV, BBC, among other national and global news outlets. He has been named one of the “Top 100 Hispanics in America” by “Hispanic Business” magazine and was twice named as one of the “101 Most Influential Latinos” by “Latino Leaders” magazine, as well as, one of Washington’s Top 300 Insiders by the “National Journal,” as well as, named to the Powermeter 100 –the Washington area’s most influential individuals for Hispanic communities by “El Tiempo Latino,” a Washington Post publication.
A proud fourth-generation Texan, Mr. Vela earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Vela hails from a pioneer south Texas family that has served the community as a former U.S. Federal District Judge and a former Cameron County Judge. That service continues today through his cousin, Filemon Vela, Jr., the current Congressman from Texas’ 34th District.
Mr. Vela’s entrepreneurial tenacity and organizational and political prowess have been well-established throughout his career. Mr. Vela is highly respected for his 35+ years of business and political experience/knowledge and has advised numerous candidates and corporate executives on grassroots organizing, marketing, messaging, management, and communications, as well as, national campaign and business development strategies.
Mr. Vela is frequently invited to be the keynote speaker at events and serve on panels. He has been featured in several national publications and has been named one of the “Top 100 Hispanics in America” by “Hispanic Business” magazine and was twice named as one of the “101 Most Influential Latinos” by “Latino Leaders” magazine, as well as, one of Washington’s Top 300 Insiders by the “National Journal.” He is the author of “Little Secrets. Big Dreams” – a tale of his life’s journey.
Most recently, Mr. Vela has been featured or quoted in publications, such as The Associated Press, Fortune, Forbes, The Guardian, The Hill, The Daily Mail, to name a few, and appeared on Fox, Fox Business, NewsMax. Yahoo Finance TV, and Cheddar, among others.
Top 100 Most Influential People for Hispanics in the Nation's Capitol, El Tiempo Latino, 2017; Top 100 Hispanics in America, Hispanic Business Magazine, 2009; Top 101 Latino Leaders, Latino Leaders Magazine, 2010 and 2011; Top 300 Washington D.C. Insiders, National Journal, 2010
American Bar Association; State Bar of Texas; UnidosUS; Hispanic National Bar Association; NAACP