Lauri Fitz-Pegado is a Partner at The Livingston Group. Appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Fitz-Pegado served in the Department of Commerce, under the late Secretary Ronald H. Brown and Secretaries Mickey Kantor and William Daley, as the Assistant Secretary and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. In this role, she promoted U.S. exports and helped U.S. companies to expand market share and compete for contracts around the world; managed 130 export promotion offices overseas and 90 offices in the United States; and organized and led numerous trade and investment missions to countries throughout the world.
Ms. 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 inauguration and advisor on international issues to Democratic National Committee Chairman Ronald H. Brown.
In 1997 she joined Iridium L.L.C., 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 relations, 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 Vice Chair of the Global Communities Board of Trustees, on the Board of Trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and on the advisory boards of the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Jones-Haywood Dance School. Ms. Fitz-Pegado is also a corporate ambassador for Vital Voices and a senior advisor and mentor to professionals in the University of Denver/Aspen Institute's International Career Advancement Program (ICAP). 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.