The Chairman of the Council is Ambassador Christopher R. Thomas, former Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (1990-2000). Ambassador Thomas is a national of Trinidad and Tobago with vast experience at the Caribbean, Latin American and International levels. Ambassador Thomas was head of his country's Foreign Service, served as his country's Ambassador to Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and served as Chairperson of a number of United Nations bodies and committees over the period 1975-1990. Ambassador Thomas holds a First Degree (B. A.) from the University of London; a Diploma in Education (with distinction) from the University of the West Indies; a Masters in Latin American Studies from the University of Bristol, England; and a Masters in Political Science from New York University. Ambassador Thomas has lectured extensively on Latin American and International Relations, is the author of numerous articles and two books on the Organization of American States. He is fluent in Spanish and is regarded as a leading expert on Latin America and the Caribbean.
The President of the Council is Mr. Barry S. Featherman. Mr. Featherman is an Attorney at Law with wide consulting and corporate experience throughout the region. He is a national of the United States of America. Mr. Featherman is a Phi Beta Kappa Graduate of Temple University where he completed his degree magna cum laude in three years. He earned his law degree from American University where he served on the Law Review and holds a Masters degree in Inter-American Law from the University of Miami. Mr. Featherman has served several governments and business corporations throughout Latin America. He also served as President of the U.S. and Canadian Divisions for one of Mexico's Largest Government Owned Engineering Companies and an Internet Service Provider in Central Mexico. Mr. Featherman also helped administer leadership programs for the United Nations University in Amman, Jordan. He is fluent in Spanish and is active with numerous civic, political and charitable organizations.
The Vice President of the Council, Dr. Josť Rafael Gomez is a national of Venezuela. Dr. Gomez served for ten years as a member of Congress in Venezuela and was a ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Venezuelan Congress. Dr. Gomez is now a member of the Presidential Commission on Airport Security in Venezuela.
The Executive Director of the Council is Carl Asakawa. Mr. Asakawa graduated from Antioch College [B.A. in American Civilization]; and Masters in Public Administration from University of Maine at Orono. His work experience includes Executive Director of a nonprofit, non-government organization, IDC; started Asakawa International, Inc., a consulting practice involving troubled banks; and served as a trouble-shooter for Ginnie Mae and responsible for $250 billion mortgage-backed securities. His directorships have included Choral Arts Society [Chairman of the Board; Vice Chairman]; Woolly Mammoth Theatre; Vernay Laboratories, Inc. [Finance Committee chairman, for worldwide elastomeric manufacturing concern]; Islands, Inc. [Treasurer, for 1,200 acres farm business]; City at Peace [Vice Chair]; and International Center for Global Aging [Advisory Board, at Catholic University]; and Antioch University [Trustee].