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Louis Celli was previously the Executive Director of The American Legion’s Washington D.C. based headquarters, and lead staff operations for the Legion’s; National Security, Veterans Affairs, Legislative, Veterans Employment, Education, and Entrepreneurship divisions. He also served as the principal spokesperson for more than two million members and over 13 thousand posts before; Congress, the White House, Department of Veterans Affairs, The Department of Defense, The State Department, The Department of Labor, and the Small Business Administration; and manages an annual budget of over 10 million dollars.
Mr. Celli testified regularly before congress and has assisted with legislative language on hundreds of bills, as well as several important pieces of legislation that have been signed into law. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and was frequently quoted in print and online media, and met regularly with senior White House officials to discuss national policy issues.
In 2012, Louis Celli joined The American Legion as their senior lobbyist and Legislative Director. In 2014 he was appointed by the National Commander to serve as Director of the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation division, where he led a fulltime staff of 50 highly trained specialists in 6 different states managing and creating programs that work within all 1,700 VA hospital and clinics, 56 VA regional offices, and over 100 VA cemeteries, as well as Arlington National Cemetery.
Following his 22 year career in the United States Army, Master Sergeant Celli spent 10 years training and helping veterans start and grow their own businesses. As CEO of the Boston based Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center, Mr. Celli raised over a million dollars in grant money, trained thousands of veterans, and helped countless veteran-owned businesses as they worked to navigate the federal procurement process.
Mr. Celli is the 2016 recipient of the National American Legion Press Association President’s Merit Award and was recognized as a 2016 HillVets Top 100 Veteran Influencers in Washington D.C. and was the 2005 Small Business Administration’s Massachusetts and New England Veterans Small Business Champion of the year.
Louis is a graduate of Harvard University, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, attended the Northeast Regional Police Institute and was a Sergeant in the Middlesex County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s office before moving to Washington D.C..