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Peter F. Romero
Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs

Peter Romero photoPeter F. Romero is Assistant Secretary of State of the new Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau (Canada to Chile). A 24-year career diplomat, he previously served inter alia as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador, and Charge of our Embassy in San Salvador.

The bureau he leads is responsible for promoting U.S. interests in the Western Hemisphere in support of strengthening democratic institutions, expanding U.S. trade opportunities and sustainable economic development, and fostering cooperation on counternarcotics, crime, and poverty reduction. Mr. Romero is responsible for defending budget proposals in Congress and executing an annual operations and assistance budget in excess of $2.0 billion.

Mr. Romero played a key role in support of the peaceful resolution of the border dispute between Peru and Ecuador. His diplomatic negotiations skills also bore fruit in the peace accords and their implementation between 1991 and 1993 in El Salvador. Mr. Romero continues to be sought after for his expertise on national reconciliation and conflict resolution. He advises governments throughout our hemisphere.

Mr. Romero has developed several successful strategies with U.S. business to promote investment, the sales of U.S. goods and services overseas and in adjudicating commercial and investment disputes. Besides strong advocacy for U.S. business, he is well known for pressing for transparency in public bids and equality of treatment.

Mr. Romero is the highest-ranking U.S. Hispanic in the Department of State. He received the Department's 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. His languages are Italian and Spanish.

Born in New York, Peter F. 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. Following graduation, he was a teacher and teacher trainer for five years. Before joining the Department of State, he was a consultant to the Department of Labor on Job Corps programs.

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