Carlos Yescas

  • Wakefield MA

Food Politics Expert, Legal Researcher, and Cheesemonger

Work experience

Work experience
Feb 2012 - Present

Vice-President for Government Relations            

Instituto Mexicano del Queso, A.C.            
  • Currently overseeing the drafting of a Cheese Export Guidelines dossier.
  • Coordinated and implemented an executive outreach agenda to the SAGARPA (Agriculture Ministry), Secretaria de Salud, and state agricultural agencies.
  • Negotiated the inclusion of artisanal cheesemakers in the producers’ area of the MESAMERICA forum.
  • Drafted position papers supporting artisan cheesemaker techniques including use of wood boards.
  • Advised the governments of Chiapas and Tabasco in the process to gain a Collective Trademark for cheeses in the path to obtain a Denomination of Origin.
Nov 2009 - Dec 2014

Founder and Co-owner

  • Currently in charge of special projects as a Technical Consultant on cheesemongering and public relations.
  • Developed and co-coordinated the logistics of the first premium artisanal Mexican cheese distribution company in Mexico, with sales of over one ton annually to the food and hospitality industry.
  • Opened a full service cheese counter in 2014 and designed training manual to run this retail space.
  • Conducted trainings, tastings, and seminars for chefs, service staff, and cheesemakers.  
Dec 2012 - Jul 2013

Founder and Co-owner

República Gastronómica
  • Currently serving on the selection committee for new projects.
  • Managed and coordinated an itinerant artisan food market, operating once a month in Mexico City.
  • Developed the mission, vision, and brand, as well as the presence in social media and coordinated public relations with gastronomic press.
Apr 2011 - Jul 2011

Migration & Development Expert

United Nations Development Programme
  • Implemented an UNDP-lead project funded by the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) to mainstream migration into development policy planning in Bangladesh, Jamaica, Mali, and Moldova. US$ 1 million dollars operating budget.
  • Coordinated the Secretariat of the GMG Working Group on Mainstreaming Migration into Development Planning in New York City and Geneva.
Aug 2010 - Nov 2010


International Organization for Migration
  • Supported the mission during consultations to draft declarations on Protection of Migrants’ Rights and on Indigenous Issues.
Jan 2007 - May 2007


International Organization for Migration
  • Conducted research and performed administrative duties, as well as coordinated the agenda for the visit of the Director General to New York City.
Feb 2005 - Aug 2005

Interim International Admissions Director                                                            

Endicott College / Mexico City Campus
  • Coordinated the marketing and media campaigns for the college in Mexico and Central America.
  • Headed the admissions unit, doubling the number of enrollments in for the 2005-2006 academic year.
Jul 2003 - Oct 2004

Political Affairs Director

Consulate General of Mexico
  • Worked with New England political leaders to promote equitable policies and treatment of immigrants.
  • Coordinated meetings with elected officials and police authorities to seek recognition of the Mexican Consular Identification Card.
  • Planned press conferences and media access for Consulate activities.
Jun 2000 - Jun 2003

Community Affairs Coordinator

Consulate of Mexico
  • Sought to gain visibility for the Mexican community in New England promoting cultural, sporting, and political events amongst immigrants in Boston.
  • Organized and coordinated four New England Mexican Soccer Tournaments, resulting in Boston’s championship in 2002.
  • Coordinated two Teacher Exchange Programs “Mexico – Maine”
  • Coordinated the participation of Mexican children living in New England in the drawing contest “This is my Mexico.”


Sep 2010 - Present

Phd in Politics

The New School for Social Research
Sep 2007 - May 2009

Masters of Arts, Political Science 

The New School for Social Research
Sep 2005 - Nov 2006

Masters of Laws

National University of Ireland, Galway
Sep 1996 - May 2000

Bachelor's of Science, International Business

Endicott College