Rontel’s career in politics began in Tallahassee, Florida, where he served as an aide and speechwriter to State Representative Alan Williams from 2010- 2012. During his tenure in the Florida Legislature, Rontel developed a substantial amount of communications experience and led the creation and execution of the Florida Caucus of Black State Legislator’s first annual Emerging Leaders Summit.
In the fall of 2012, Rontel moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as a Program Director at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), where he led seven of their congressional leadership programs and managed relationships with over 70 congressional offices. He also served for three consecutive years as the Chair of the Emerging Leaders Series at the CBCF Annual Legislative Conference and was a featured speaker at their 2015 gala dinner.
After CBCF, Rontel worked as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives where he acquired a substantial amount of background in financial services, veteran’s affairs and higher education policy, from 2015-2017. While on Capitol Hill, Rontel helped author legislation on payday lending, veteran health care and higher education funding.
Rontel most recently served as Government Affairs Manager at the National Employment Law Project where he focused on fair-chance hiring and employment policy. In this role, Rontel helped author legislation to modernize occupational licensing laws and remove barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated individuals.
Rontel earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida A&M University and his Master’s in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University.