ARMANDO A. VALDÉS PRIETO is a lawyer, writer, political strategist and government relations consultant. He was the Communications Director for the campaign of current Puerto Rico Governor, Alejandro García Padilla, and was formerly Director of the Commonwealth’s Office of Management and Budget in the Acevedo Vilá Administration. He has done campaign work in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Panama and Mexico, and is a partner in Cuarto Piso LLC, a digital strategy firm. He is a columnist in the San Juan edition of Metro, and an occasional op-ed contributor to El Nuevo Día and El Vocero. He holds degrees from Yale (B.A.), Johns Hopkins (M.A.) and the University of Puerto Rico (J.D.).