Edward L. Romero
|Edward L. Romero|
|United States Ambassador to Spain|
April 2, 1998 – May 1, 2001
|President||Bill Clinton, George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Richard N. Gardner|
|Succeeded by||George Argyros|
January 2, 1934 |
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, activist and diplomat|
Edward L. Romero (also Romæro, born on January 2, 1934) is an entrepreneur, activist and former American diplomat. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra between the years of 1998 and 2001 and has engaged in various environmental and social causes, winning recognition from organizations in both the U.S.and Spain.
Edward L. Romero was born on January 2, 1934  in Alamosa, Colorado after his family moved there from Albuquerque, New Mexico. His mother was a precinct chairwoman in Southern Colorado for thirty-seven years and a delegate for Adlai Stevenson.
Some of his ancestors were Spanish settlers who came from Corral de Almaguer, a municipality of Toledo, Castilla La Mancha, and settled in New Mexico in 1598. His grandfather was a Fraternity brother of New Mexico.
During the Vietnam war, he was particularly critical of the war and helped form an activist group called "Veterans Against Vietnam."
Ambassador of Andorra and Spain
On April 2, 1998, President Bill Clinton announced he would like to nominate Edward L. Romero as the next U.S. Ambassador of Spain, and on June 1, Clinton named him to also serve concurrently as Ambassador to Andorra. He was confirmed by the Senate on June 23.
On June 28, Ambassador Romero arrived in Madrid, Spain and on June 30, he presented his credentials to King Juan Carlos.
In 2001 he was replaced by George Argyros as ambassador of Spain.
Hispanic Community Leader
He founded the Hispanic Culture Foundation and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and has served on the President's Hispanic Advisory Committee..
He was a founding member of the Chamber of Commerce Albuquerque Hispano and the Board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He was a member of the Hispanic Cultural Foundation and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in New Mexico.
In 1989, the Hispanic Chamber of the Commerce named him the National Hispanic Businessman of the Year.
He is one of the founders of "Valor Telecommunications Southwest, LLC." He was the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Advanced Sciences, Inc., an international environmental engineering and waste management corporation. He continued as the president and direction after the company merged with Commodore Applied Technologies, Inc.
- In September 1989, the U.S. Small Business Administration named him Region Hispanic Businessman of the Year.
- In 1989, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named him National Hispanic Businessman of the Year.
- In 1991, he was also named in the publication “Hispanic Heroes – Portraits of New Mexicans Who Have Made a Difference,” edited by Rose Diaz and Jan Dodson Barnhart
- On March 21, 2001, the King Juan Carlos I of Spain awarded him the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabel I of Castile.
- He has received awards and acknowledgments from various U.S. and Spanish organizations including the National Kidney Foundation, New Mexico Anti-Defamation League, National Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society.
- Honorary Brother of the International Brotherhood of Researchers in Toledo, Spain
- Noble Honorary Brother of the Illustrious and Most Ancient Brotherhood of Mozarabic Knights in Toledo, Spain
- Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in Madrid, Spain
- Honorary Academic of World Academy of Science and Technology in Valencia, Spain.
- Crónica El Mundo. EDWARD ROMERO: "Las mujeres mandan mucho, nos controlan" (In spanish: Chronicle El Mundo. EDWARD ROMERO: "Women control us"). Sunday, February 25, 2001 - Number 280. Retrieved July 30, 2012, to 1:35pm.
- Fundación escalera del éxito: Sabios del toreo.
- A History of Political Strength: An Interview with Edward L. Romero
- Silver horizons: Edward L. Romero. Retrieved in August 29, 2012 at 18:12 pm.
- "FORMER AMBASSADOR EDWARD L. ROMERO". Embassy of the United States: Spain. Spanish Embassy of the United States. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
- Ehdoc. Retrieved August 23, 2012, to 1:35pm
Richard N. Gardner
|United States Ambassador to Spain
Also accredited to Andorra.