Angelo Rivero-Santos

Angelo Rivero Santos, Ph.D.SummaryAngelo Rivero Santos has 19 years of teaching and research experience in higher education as well as innegotiation, lobbying, advocacy and diplomatic practice.

Angelo Rivero-Santos

Angelo Rivero Santos, Ph.D.


Angelo Rivero Santos has 19 years of teaching and research experience in higher education as well as in

negotiation, lobbying, advocacy and diplomatic practice. In the Fall of 2014 he returned from his seven-year

stint in diplomatic practice to the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the Edmund A. Walsh School

of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where he currently serves as Director of Academic Affairs,

including the M.A. in Latin American Studies, responsibilities he also held between 2003 and 2006 before

leaving for diplomatic practice. Since his return, he teaches graduate seminars on International Relations and

Western Hemispheric Affairs, Political Economy of Development, Latin American States and Societies, and a

seminar on ‘Venezuela and the Caribbean.’

Between December 2006 and October 2013, Dr. Rivero Santos served as a high-ranking diplomat in the

Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington, D.C. He was first appointed as Minister

Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs and for most of his tenure served as Deputy Chief of Mission

to the White House (March 2007-October 2013). He was also designated to be Acting Ambassador (Charge

d’Affaires, a.i). twice (September 2008-July 2009 & December 2010-May 2013).

Before joining the Venezuelan Foreign Service as a political appointee, Dr. Rivero-Santos also taught at the

undergraduate and graduate levels at his alma mater, The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, as well as

in the Graduate Program of International Relations at Universidad Central de Venezuela and in the Division

of Business and Social Sciences at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. During his years as a doctoral

student, he also had stays as a researcher with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

(UNRISD) in Geneva, Switzerland, and with the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC.

In addition to his duties at Georgetown University, Dr. Rivero Santos has been active in the greater Washington,

D.C. community. He oversaw the State of Virginia’s operations of CASA, where he also designed,

developed and became the first Director of the organization’s Leadership Academy. Founded in 1985 and

headquartered in Hyattsville, MD, CASA has over 81,000 members from over 30 countries, making it the

largest pro-immigrant rights organization in the Mid-Atlantic.

Some of Dr. Rivero Santos’ publications have centered on issues of international development and US-Venezuela

relations. The latest one is an article in Revista Cien Días (June-August 2020). See link below.

In addition, during his diplomatic stint he wrote and supervised the issuance of hundreds of confidential diplomatic

communications, including cables, strategic political and economic analysis, energy and foreign policy briefs and

strategic roadmaps, among others.

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, and an avid baseball and cycling fan, Dr. Rivero Santos earned his Ph.D. in

International Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in

Syracuse, New York, where he also earned his Masters in Public Administration and Masters in Economics.

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