Robert Alvarez is the Founder and Managing Partner for Global Variance Strategies, LLC a global trade and foreign investment promotion boutique firm in Washington, DC. He directs the firm’s vision and strategic global corporate research platform that assist clients with global market expansion and foreign investment opportunities. Prior to founding GVS, LLC he’d serve for 20 years across federal government agencies such as the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration where he provided guidance, and oversight in Global Markets units that oversaw trade promotion initiatives for the Western Hemisphere, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia regions, and to their respective Deputy Assistant Secretaries (DAS). He approved funding for Global Markets investment and trade promotion events managed by SelectUSA. In other Federal government professional positions he managed, audited and provided oversight to multi-million dollar budgets for the Joint Staff (DOD), National Guard Bureau, USDA, and the Department of the Air Force. Mr. Alvarez was Co-Founder of the World Affairs Council of Puerto Rico, a nonprofit global education organization that was part of The World Affairs Council of America’s National Council Network. He served as its Executive Director on a Pro-Bono basis from July 2009 to January 2013, and during that time led several Commercial Diplomacy missions to Puerto Rico.
Mr. Alvarez completed undergraduate studies in Economics and International Relations at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a graduate of National Defense University’s Joint Staff College. He’s currently attending Law School part time and resides in Alexandria, VA. Robert retired as Senior Non-Commissioned Officer from the Air Force Reserves after 23 years of service. He was Vice-President of the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Florida from 2010-2011, and Co-Founder in 2002 and elected President in 2006 of his hometown Rotary Club in Dorado, Puerto Rico. He has served as an UPRAA Board Member and Treasurer during the 2015-2016 term.