Gabe Camarillo is the former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the official responsible for overall supervision of manpower and Reserve component affairs of the Department of the Air Force in December 2015. Mr. Camarillo leads a four-division department that develops policy and provides oversight of manpower, military and civilian personnel issues, Reserve component affairs, and readiness support for the Department of the Air Force.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Camarillo served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). In this capacity, he helped lead and supervise Army acquisition, procurement, research and development and logistics efforts totaling $75 billion in fiscal 2015 and participated in the development of policies, programs and processes for the execution of the Army’s acquisition efforts.
As the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) from 2010 to 2012, Mr. Camarillo served as a principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary where he coordinated significant decisions across DoD organizations and provided oversight on key Army acquisition matters.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Camarillo had extensive experience as a lawyer in private practice. As an associate at Akin Gump, LLP, he practiced complex commercial litigation, with experience in intellectual property litigation, business torts and contract disputes. Subsequently, his legal practice specialized in election law and campaign finance issues, in which he advised candidates, nonprofits and political organizations on campaign finance and government ethics compliance and represented numerous candidates and organizations in ballot access and First Amendment litigation.
Mr. Camarillo previously worked as a legislative assistant and deputy press secretary for Rep. Calvin M. Dooley, who formerly represented California’s 20th Congressional district. His portfolio as a legislative aide included national security, military construction, education, and telecommunications issues.
He received his law degree from Stanford Law School and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, where he recently served as an adjunct professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy.
2002 Juris Doctor, Stanford University Law School, Stanford, Calif.
1998 Bachelor of Arts, Government, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
1998 - 1999, Legislative Assistant, Office of Rep. Calvin Dooley, Washington, D.C.
2002 - 2003, Associate, Akin Gump, LLP, Austin, Texas
2003 - 2004, Campaign Manager, Lisa Quigley for Congress, Fresno, Calif.
2004 - 2008, Associate, Sutton Law Firm, San Francisco, Calif.
2009 - 2010, Associate, Kaufman Legal Group, Los Angeles, Calif.
2010 - 2012, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), Washington, DC
2012 - 2016, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), Washington, D.C.
2016 - 2017, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Secretary of the Army Public Service Award, October 2015
Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award, January 2016
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
California State Bar
Texas State Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
(Current as of January 2016)