José Villarreal is a consultant to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he provides strategic counseling to firm clients on a range of legal and policy issues. Prior to becoming a consultant, José was a longtime partner with the firm.
José has served as U.S. Commissioner General to the Shanghai 2010 World Expo, a post to which he was named by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and given ambassadorial rank by President Obama. In November of 2015, he received the Orden del Aguila Azteca – the most important decoration awarded by the Mexican government – for his endeavors that have benefited Mexico and Mexicans. José has also been recognized by numerous publications for his achievements, and in 2011 he received a distinguished alumni award from Purdue University. Mr. Villarreal currently serves on the board of directors of Union Pacific. He also serves or has served on the following boards: Center for American Progress, Cisneros Center for New Americans, the U.S. Mexico Foundation, Teach for America, Leadership for Educational Equity, and the Close Up Foundation.