Bert Gómez

Senior Corporate and Government Relations Director

bgomez@bplegal.com
Professional Experience

Bert Gómez represents corporate clients on issues related to media, technology, communications,  and  other private  sector   matters,   in   addition   to   diversity, branding, and third-party outreach.

Prior to joining the firm, Bert was senior vice president of  Government  Relations  for  Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media  company  serving  Hispanic  America. In this position, he led the Government Relations efforts for the company as UCI’s chief lobbyist in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for the activities of  the  company  before Congress, state legislatures, and other government bodies, and oversaw all relationships and contact with policy makers in  the  U.S.  He  also  worked  with  the  regulatory and legal team on  Federal Communications Commission and other agency  matters. He managed Univision’s team of consultants in Washington and directed  the  activities of the company’s Political  Action  Committee  (PAC).  Mr.  Gómez  has  an  extensive working knowledge of the interplay  between  Congress,  the  administration,  relevant agencies, state and local governments, industry stakeholders and community organizations. His political relationships are bipartisan to help meet the needs of the company in a challenging and ever-shifting industry.

He previously served as UCI’s vice president of  Government  Relations  and Political  Strategy. Mr. Gómez founded the company’s Government Relations office and PAC and transformed the company’s relations and influence in the political, policy, and third-party outreach arena.

Prior to joining UCI in 2007, Mr. Gómez spent 17 years with  RJR  Nabisco  and  R.J.  Reynolds Tobacco Company in various corporate functions within Sales,  Marketing,  Corporate  Affairs,  and  Government  Relations  and  was  based  in  Florida  and  Washington. Most recently at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco  Company,  Mr.  Gómez  was  the  director of  Government  Relations,  advocating  for  company  positions  in  Congress,  directed the PAC activities of the company, and was the point person with community organizations and leaders. Earlier in his career, he spent 5 years with the Dow Chemical Company in various corporate functions within Sales,  Marketing,  and  Latin  America  Division, and was based in   Florida and South Carolina.
A native of Cuba, Mr. Gómez grew up in Miami, Florida and is fluent in Spanish. He is a founding board  member  of  the  Congressional  Hispanic  Leadership Institute  and  serves  on its Chairman’s Circle. He has also served two terms on the board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He works with many other national organizations and industry associations and  is  a  member  of  the  Hispanic  Lobbyist  Association,  has  been  a  speaker and guest lecturer on corporate lobbying and Government Relations,  and  he coaches youth baseball in Northern Virginia. Since graduating from college, he has always worked in the private sector and has been a lobbyist now for almost 25 years.

 

Education
  • City University of Seattle, M.B.A.
  • University of Miami, B.B.A.
Languages
  • Spanish