Louis Caldera

Professor of Leadership, George Washington University;

Senior Fellow, GW Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute;

Former United States Secretary, the Army

Louis Caldera, is a professor of leadership at George Washington University and a Senior Fellow in the GW Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. The Cisneros Institute is dedicated to advancing the Latino community through leadership development, community engagement, and research and policy programs focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the Latino community in the decades.

The former Secretary of the Army, Louis Caldera has served in numerous public, higher education and nonprofit leadership roles, including as an Army officer, state legislator, university president and in two presidential administrations. He served in the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1997, representing a downtown Los Angeles based district. He served as Secretary of the Army in the Clinton Administration and in the Obama White House as an Assistant to the President and director of the White House Military Office. From 2003 to 2006, he served as President of the University of New Mexico and was a member of the university’s law school faculty.

A native of El Paso, Texas who was raised in Whittier, California, Louis is the proud son of Mexican immigrants. He holds a B.S. degree from the U.S. Military Academy, and law and business degrees from Harvard University.