In 2017, he joined Hogan Lovells as a partner, leveraging his two decades of experience in politics, law, crisis communication, and business development to provide a broad range of advisory services to Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, and high-net-worth individuals in multiple foreign countries and the U.S. before the
U.S. and Mexican governments. In doing so, he draws on strong relationships among business and political leaders on both sides of the political aisle, but especially among Democratic leadership and candidates, as well as his earned reputation as an effective political fundraiser. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Close-Up Foundation board of Directors, and on the board of Directors of the US-Mexico Foundation where he serves as the chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee and as a trustee of the Ormsby Hill Trust.
Mr. Zapien is a graduate of the University of Arizona. He holds a M.A. from the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, and is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.
A native of Mexico, Mr. Zapien grew up in the Mexican state of Sonora and Tucson, Arizona. He recently relocated to Alexandria, Virginia, from Mexico City with his wife, Vicki Sneed, who leads her own strategic communications firm Juncture Strategies, their two children, Pilar and Marco Antonio, and their dog Shawnee.
Ivan Zapien is a bilingual lawyer, executive, advocate, and leader with international and domestic experience in public affairs campaigns and advocacy. Over the last two decades, Mr. Zapien built a reputation as a skilled operative through such accomplishments as heading the Washington D.C. advocacy office for Walmart, managing Walmart’s crisis communication and corporate reputation efforts in Mexico and Central America, and leading the successful effort to appoint and re-elect New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez.
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