The Honorable Lauri J. Fitz-Pegado
Lauri Fitz-Pegado is a partner at The Livingston Group, LLC, which provides public affairs, government relations and strategic communications counsel to governments, corporations, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. She contributes to the development of new business strategies, proposals and presentations for TLG. She is the Director of the International Practice and lead partner in the Education and Non-Profit Practice Area.
Appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in 1994, she served under the late Secretary Ronald H. Brown, Secretaries Mickey Kantor and William Daley, as Assistant Secretary and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. At the Department of Commerce she promoted U.S. exports and assisted U.S. companies expand market share and compete for contracts around the world, managing 130 export promotion offices overseas, 90 offices in the United States and organizing and leading scores of trade and investment missions to countries throughout the world.
Fitz-Pegado served on the Obama for President campaign’s foreign policy experts teams for Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa. She was Director for Public Liaison of the first Clinton-Gore Inaugural and advisor on international issues to Democratic Committee Chairman Ronald H. Brown.
In 1997 she joined Iridium LLC, the world's first global satellite and paging company, where she was Vice President for Global Gateway Management and Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications. A former Foreign Service officer who served in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, Ms. Fitz-Pegado also provided domestic and international clients strategic communications counsel, public and government relations services at Gray and Company and Hill and Knowlton. Ms. Fitz-Pegado is Board Chair Emeritus of the National Education Association Foundation. She is on the board of CHF International, is a senior advisor and mentor to professionals in the University of Denver’s International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) and is on the Advisory Board of the Jones-Haywood Dance School.
She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington Government Relations Group. Ms. Fitz-Pegado is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a cum laude graduate of Vassar College and has a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Economics and Latin American Studies. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.