M.I.P.P., 2011, Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Certificate, 2000, World Intellectual Property Organization Worldwide Academy (Geneva, Switzerland)
B.A., 1999, Howard University
Diploma, 1998, Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (Salamanca, Spain)


Previous Experience


40 Lobbyists Under 40, Washingtonian Magazine, 2011

Woodhull Institute of Ethical Leadership Fellow, 1999


Member, CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy, 2011

Team member, Council on Foreign Relations, 2007

International Career Advancement Program (ICAP), Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, 2006

Socrates Scholar, Aspen Institute, 2004

Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2004

Internship Committee Chair, Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus (SBLSC), 2003

Community Involvement

Leadership Committee, Manna, Inc.

Board of Directors, The Reading Connection

Board of Directors, DC Jazz Festival

Carmencita N. M. Whonder

Carmencita provides strategic public policy advice to clients primarily in the financial services and housing sectors before the U.S. Congress and executive branch agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Department of Treasury, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Previously, Carmencita served as the staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development and as the principal advisor on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee to United States Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY). During the 109th Congress she held the position of Minority Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Economic Policy. For four years, Carmencita was responsible for issues including banking, financial institutions, securities and commodities markets, economic and monetary policy, CFIUS, insurance, consumer protection, housing and community development, and trade.

Carmencita also worked as a Leadership Education Counselor for Gates Millennium Scholars Program/UNCF, a $1 billion initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. At GMS, she designed the Leadership Development Program, funding strategies, and authored the manual on program policies and procedures.

In 2000, Carmencita worked in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations specialized agency. At WIPO she completed a rotational assignment in the Arbitration and Mediation Center and the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Unit. In the Arbitration Center she administered domain name dispute resolution cases and in the LDC Unit she researched the relationship between foreign direct investment, intellectual property and the TRIPS Agreement.

Carmencita advises the firm’s Government Relations Department as an independent contractor.

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Government Relations
Financial Services

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