Bernadette Carrillo
Bernadette Carrillo

Bernadette Carrillo, who was director of intergovernmental affairs at the Commerce Dept., has joined Tusk Strategies as a managing director at its Washington office.

She coordinated Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo’s communications with governors and mayors across the nation.

Carrillo also promoted the Biden administration’s Build Back Better Challenge, Internet for All and Chips and Science Act initiatives.

Prior to the Commerce Dept., Carrillo served as director of strategic partnerships at the Economic Development Administration and senior associate director in the White House’s Office of Personnel.

She has private sector experience, gained via a stint as senior government affairs manager at PepsiCo.

At Tusk, Carrillo will handle public affairs, policy and advocacy issues.

Cristobal Alex, head of Tusk DC, said the addition of Carrillo will build on the firm’s success in forging campaigns for “disruptors in tech, finance, transportation, and healthcare sectors."