Gala Honoree

Peter F. Romero

Peter F. Romero is the Senior Managing Director of the Alliance of Rothschild/Violy, Byorum & Partners - a joint venture designed to stimulate cross border investment between Europe and Latin America. Mr. Romero was formerly the Assistant Secretary of State of the new Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau. A 24-year career diplomat, he previously served inter alia as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador and Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador.

Mr. Romero was the highest-ranking career Hispanic officer in the history of the Department of State. He received the Department's highest award, the Distinguished Honor Award in 2001; the prestigious Equal Employment Opportunity Award in 1998, the Baker-Wilkins Award for leadership of an overseas mission in 1993, and the Walter J. Stoessel Award in recognition of his highly distinguished career, as well as several Superior Honor Awards. Mr. Romero is on the board of Special Olympics International, the Una Chapman Cox Foundation and is a founding member of the Hispanic Council on International Relations. He is the 2001 recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award from Boricua College for distinguished public service.

Born in New York, Peter Romero received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from Florida State University in 1971 and 1972, respectively and is fluent in Italian and Spanish

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