PFO Advisory Group provides international policy, partnership + business development strategies, with a focus on Latin America.

Based in the Washington DC area, we serve as results-oriented, connected and high-impact advisers to companies, not-for-profits and government entities.

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Meet Pilar Frank O’Leary

Pilar Frank O’Leary is Founder and President of PFO Advisory Group. She has over 20 years of experience working on international business and policy initiatives. She has worked at Fortune 100 corporations including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Fannie Mae as well as serving as the director of the Smithsonian Latino Center. Pilar has advised leading organizations on Latin America and international partnership strategies including Facebook, Blackboard, The Coca-Cola Company, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, The US Chamber of Commerce, The Embassy of Colombia and the International Women’s Media Foundation, among others. A Colombian-American born and raised in Washington DC who has lived and worked in South America and Europe, Pilar has a solid track record in developing and implementing strategic, high impact initiatives in diverse markets. Pilar is a graduate of Georgetown University (B.S., J.D.) and serves on a number of boards, maintaining a broad network of contacts in U.S. and Latin American diplomatic, business, and cultural sectors. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French and proficient in Italian and Portuguese. Read Pilar’s Full Bio and References. Read Pilar’s Full Bio and References.

“Pilar’s sustained focus on the US-Colombia relationship has been a valuable asset for the Embassy. Recently, Pilar was an important resource in providing strategic advice and leadership surrounding the 2016 visit of Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos to The White House. We are also pleased to have her advice in the establishment of a US-Colombia business advisory council.”
H.E. Juan Carlos Pinzon, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States
“Pilar is a valuable ally in helping develop and execute policy outreach initiatives. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with her on cultural diplomacy partnerships. Not only does Pilar think creatively, she has a keen understanding of the key social and policy issues in the United States and Latin America and a unique ability to bridge business cultures between both markets.”
The Honorable Nathalie Cely, former Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States/President, Centro Competividad e Innovación
“Pilar was extremely helpful to me during my tenure as Ambassador of Colombia, helping us identify and build important relationships with strategic partners in Washington and providing valuable advice on policy, business and cultural diplomacy issues.”
The Honorable Carlos Urrutia, Esq, Former Ambassador of Colombia to the United States/ Partner, Brigard & Urrutia
“Pilar stepped up as a special contributor whenever Latino-oriented policy, partnership, and business development opportunities appeared at Fannie Mae. She engaged with the Central Banks for Peru and Chile to facilitate the sale of fixed income securities and helped lead the development of a Latino homeownership outreach strategy. She has an unusual set of professional abilities, combining language and multicultural skills with natural interpersonal skills, thoughtfulness, and a passion for her work.”
Robert Levin, Former Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer Fannie Mae
“Pilar is a results-driven, strategic leader and has greatly expanded our organization’s international impact. Her research and development of a proposal to expand our foundation’s work into Latin America culminated in a multi-million dollar grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and helped us establish several key partnerships in the region and in the US to highlight and enhance our activities.”
Elisa Lees Muñoz, Executive Director, International Women’s Media Foundation
“Pilar’s determination, business focus and network are a tremendous asset to our company as we look to expand our business platform to the Latin American market.”
Lou Aronson, CEO, Discourse Analytics
“Pilar really gets what cultural diplomacy is all about. She has a knack for getting the right people in the room and making sure that programs supporting business, education or the arts also turn into meaningful, productive partnerships.”
Bill Burlew, Executive Director of the US-Colombia Business Partnership and Director of Public Policy, Enbridge
“Pilar was a highly effective member of the legal team at JP Morgan Latin America, assisting us at a critical time when we were establishing new trading operations and executing new types of financial transactions in Argentina and many other countries in Latin America, each with its own set of cultural and regulatory challenges. Pilar was extremely adept at analyzing and resolving the key issues. She is a team player, proactive and terrific to work with.”
Facundo Gomez Minujin, General Counsel for Latin America, JPMorgan Chase
“Pilar has a keen knack for creating momentum, impact and progress in launching new ventures with the Latin American community. Working with her on the successful launch of The Latino Dance Fund at The Washington Ballet in collaboration with the embassies of Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Panama and others was a highlight of my tenure at the Ballet.”
Septime Webre, Artistic Director of the S&R Foundation, former Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet
“I’ve enjoyed a long and fruitful professional relationship with Pilar, particularly during my term as Secretary General of the Fundacion Consejo España-Estados Unidos (US-Spain Council), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving political, economic and cultural relations between Spain and the US. The Council is currently chaired by Joe Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman and CEO of Acciona of Spain and Senator Tim Kaine in the U.S. At the time I led the Council, Pilar was then director of the Smithsonian Latino Center and she did a wonderful job of developing and securing key partners for the ground-breaking exhibition “Legacy: Spain and the United States in the Age of Independence ” at the National Portrait Gallery) which focused on the contributions of Spain to the War of Independence of the United States. The deep historical revision of American history launched as a result of this exhibition and its related symposia led to the recent recognition by Congress of Bernardo de Galvez as an honorary US citizen and hero (2014). During our collaboration in this project, I truly admired Pilar´s dynamic mind and her great ability to bridge important gaps between Spain, USA and Latin America.”
Ambassador Eduardo Garrigues, CVO, Knight of the Order of Carlos III