Irlando Named Verizon Pacific Region Vice President

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Andrés Irlando has been named vice president for Verizon's Pacific region.

"I am pleased to welcome Andrés to Verizon as our senior executive for public policy in the Pacific region," said Tim McCallion, Verizon president for the region. "The depth of his experience in the private, government and nonprofit sectors will greatly advance our goals of developing fair and effective telecommunications policies and helping to improve the communities we serve."

Irlando's responsibilities will include the company's legislative initiatives in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. In addition, he will oversee Verizon's community relations in the Pacific region, including the company's philanthropic arm, the Verizon Foundation, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

Irlando joins Verizon from the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, where he served as president since 2000 and led the foundation to becoming a national organization. He directed corporate relations and government affairs for the organization at the federal, state and local levels. He also oversaw the development and financing of the National Chavez Center and managed use of Cesar Chavez's intellectual property rights.

Irlando has worked as a litigation attorney at O'Melveny & Myers LLP and is a member of the State Bar of California. Past positions include vice president of GovWorks Inc., a dot-com startup, and adviser to local, state and federal political campaigns.

Irlando holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in government from Harvard College. He is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

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