Gretchen Sierra-Zorita is Director for Puerto Rico and the Territories in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.  

For over a decade, Sierra-Zorita has worked tirelessly identifying and advocating for public policy solutions to the challenges impacting the U.S. territories – American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   Her work is grounded on extensive Federal government experience that included posts at the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. House of Representatives. She has held leadership positions in multiple Latino, Puerto Rican and civil rights organizations. Prior to her appointment in 2021, Ms. Sierra-Zorita was a principal at Polilvox787, a public affairs and communications consultancy.

Sierra-Zorita was born and reared in Puerto Rico.  She received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, and her M.P.A. from the School of Public and International Affairs at Columbia University. Together with her husband, Peter, she has raised three children in the Washington D.C. suburbs.

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