Ambassador Roger F. Noriega has more than two decades of U.S. public policy experience focusing on political, economic, and security conditions in the Western Hemisphere. Noriega is a visiting fellow at the prestigious American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, DC, and founder and managing director of Visión Américas LLC. He has advised numerous U.S. presidential campaigns on relations with Latin America and the Caribbean.
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As Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Ambassador Noriega managed a 3,000-person team of professionals in Washington and 50 diplomatic posts to design and implement political and economic strategies in Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He was a leader in an inter-agency team that actively expanded trade and investment opportunities to spur economic growth and to create opportunities for U.S. companies and consumers. He also helped design and execute an annual plan for the effective use of $1.7 billion in U.S. economic assistance in two-dozen countries.
As U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Noriega coordinated complex and sensitive multilateral diplomacy in a 34-member international organization to bolster OAS efforts to promote trade, fight illicit drugs, and defend democracy.
Working in the U.S. Congress, Noriega counseled powerful Congressional leaders on all aspects of U.S. interests in the Americas, drafted historic legislation, and oversaw U.S. aid programs, the Peace Corps, and international narcotics affairs. From July 1997 to August 2001, he was a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff of Chairman Jesse A. Helms (R-NC), and from July 1994 to July 1997, he served on the House International Relations Committee staff of Chairman Benjamin A. Gilman (R-NY).
Ambassador Noriega has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas. He has been decorated by Governments of Nicaragua and of Peru and has received numerous awards for public service from organizations committed to the promotion of human rights and democracy in the Americas.