Clearpath moving to Miami, names CEO

Felice Gorordo is CEO of Clearpath.
Felice Gorordo is CEO of Clearpath.

Clearpath, a venture-backed technology company that aims to simplify, streamline, and lower the costs of the immigration-application process for immigrants, announced Thursday that Felice Gorordo of Miami will become the company’s president and chief executive officer.

At the same time, Miami will become the new headquarters for Clearpath.

Similar to what TurboTax does for income-tax filing, “at Clearpath, we seek to democratize the immigration process by making it easier, more affordable and secure for individual immigrants to file their own immigration applications.” said Gorordo, 31, the son of immigrants who most recently served as vice president over business development for Clearpath. “This is an issue I'm incredibly passionate about, and I'm excited to take on this new leadership role with a company I believe can be truly revolutionary.”

The company currently has 15 full-time employees, and most of whom work in Clearpath’s New York and Washington, D.C., offices. The board’s decision to move the headquarters to Miami and expand the team here is a reflection of the tech-hub activity and infrastructure growth happening in Miami as well as the city’s rich immigrant culture, said Gorordo.

Founded in 2010 by Chairman Michael J. Petrucelli, former head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Clearpath is entering its commercialization phase. Gorordo said his focus will be on getting the product on the market, sales and marketing, and signing up new customers. Clearpath also has been building partnerships with large Hispanic national and community-based nonprofits, such as Unidos Now, religious groups such as Esparanza, and media companies.

Clearpath is raising a $3 million venture capital round, which includes South Florida-based investors and board members Peter Corsell, chairman and founder of clean-tech company GridPoint; Manny Kadre, who has been a senior executive and advisor in the beverage and automotive industries; and institutional investor FF Ventures in New York. Clearpath has previously raised $4 million, Gorordo said.

“We decided Miami was the best city in the country for a company like Clearpath,” said Corsell, who was the first individual investor in Clearpath and pushed to bring the company here. “And it’s great news for Miami as well. ... Clearpath will be a tremendous addition to the start-up and early-stage tech scene.”

Before joining Clearpath, Gorordo was appointed by President Barack Obama as one of 15 White House Fellows for 2011-2012, when he worked on Latino, immigration, and business outreach in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House. He also led government sales and business development for Liberty Power Corp. in Fort Lauderdale and co-founded Roots of Hope, a Miami Beach-based nonprofit focused on youth empowerment in Cuba, among other positions.

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