Justin Vélez-Hagan

Email: JVH@JustinVH.com; Twitter: @JVelezHagan

Current research interests/specializations:  Fiscal austerity & international economic growth drivers; various macroeconomic policies; economic development in Puerto Rico/Latin America; alternative risk analyses for foreign investment; internet & telecommunications policy.

Justin Velez-Hagan headshotJustin Vélez-Hagan is an economic policy analyst, as well as the founder and National Executive Director of The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce.  He is the author of the The Common Sense behind Basic Economics (Lexington Books, 2015), as well as the upcoming The Paradox of Fiscal Austerity (Lexington Books, 2018).

Vélez-Hagan has worked closely with public and private sector organizations to advance policy priorities ranging from promoting business development and employment within the technology sector to improving economic development efforts in Puerto Rico to expanding the deployment of and access to U.S. telecommunications infrastructure.  As an advisor and frequent guest speaker on these issues, Vélez-Hagan has and continues to work closely with a diverse stakeholder community, including federal, state, and local elected officials, leading advocacy groups, and small business and tech startup communities.

His knowledge of the economic conditions of Puerto Rico have led national legislators, congressional committees, and administration officials to seek his advice and request testimony, while he is also frequently invited to provide guest lectures at universities across the country.

His work has been featured in various national publications, including: Forbes, Fox News, Politico, The Hill, CNBCThe Huffington Post, and newspapers and academic publications around the country.  He has also been a guest on Fox NewsBBC WorldFox Business, Al Jazeera English, and NPR, among others.

Previously, Vélez-Hagan served as an adjunct professor of economics, while investing in and building several businesses.  While he most recently worked to develop healthcare facilities internationally, he also founded D.C. Concrete Technologies – a frequent guest on HGTV’s Curb Appeal and NBC’s House Smarts.

JVH Kandahar, Afghanistan 2012

Vélez-Hagan serves on the boards of several organizations, including: the Capital Area Asset Builders Board of Directors, the National Military Family Association’s Technology Advisory Board, The Latino Coalition’s National Coalitions’ Board, and the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council‘s Telecommunications and Internet Policy Task Force.  Recently, he was invited to serve on Maryland’s GOMA Small Business Advisory Council and has worked as an advisor to the governor of Puerto Rico.

Vélez-Hagan received a BS in Finance from the University of Louisville, an MBA from Arizona State University, and is completing his PhD dissertation at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (2018).  He is a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

(Recent speaking engagements.)