Jose Toasa is Wilkes Legal, LLC’s Director of Operations and Public Relations.
Prior to joining Wilkes Legal, LLC, Mr. Toasa spent more than twelve years working for the U.S. government, most recently at the Inter-American Foundation where he served as the Foundation Representative for Guatemala and Belize. In that capacity, Mr. Toasa managed a portfolio of projects valued at approximately eighteen million dollars, and developed extensive relationships in Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and especially Guatemala. Mr. Toasa traveled to Guatemala eighty times in a ten-year period and had the opportunity to visit each of Guatemala’s 22 departments, and more than 250 of Guatemala’s 340 municipalities. Mr. Toasa also has extensive experience in Colombia and Ecuador thanks to prior professional and personal experiences.
Mr. Toasa is skilled at building relationships across sectors and borders. In addition to co-leading delegations of federal agency and congressional staff, he has collaborated with numerous U.S. government agencies abroad, including the U.S. Ambassador and U.S. Embassy, the Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Homeland Security, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Peace Corps. In Guatemala, Mr. Toasa engaged directly with officials at all levels of government, representatives from the international community, members of the Guatemalan private sector, such as CEOs, business owners, and philanthropists, community leaders, and everyday Guatemalan citizens from all walks of life and all corners of the country.
Traveling frequently, Mr. Toasa maintains his relationships in Central and South America. Since January of 2019, Mr. Toasa has served as a personal investor in indigenous-led initiatives in Guatemala seeking to create social and economic conditions that will enable Guatemalans to thrive in their homeland.
Mr. Toasa has published articles in both Guatemalan and U.S. media outlets, regularly serves as an expert on television and radio programs in Central America, and frequently speaks at conferences and roundtables.
Mr. Toasa holds a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from American University in Washington, DC. He is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English.