Frank Gómez

Marketing and Public Affairs
Educational Testing Services
Princeton, New Jersey

A retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Frank Gómez served from 1965 to 1984 with the United States Information Agency. His career took him to Colombia, Costa Rica, Mali, and Haiti, with two tours in Washington. He ended his Foreign Service career successively as Chief of Foreign Service Personnel, Director of Foreign Press Centers, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. During his career he received five service awards.

Upon retiring in 1984, he became a consultant, working primarily in trade and investment promotion for clients in Asia, France, Indonesia and the U.S.  He also worked as a freelance columnist, and published many articles throughout the country.

Recruited by Philip Morris Companies Inc. in New York City in 1988, he became Director of Public Affairs. His department managed grants and programs with a portfolio of national organizations that included associations of elected officials, minorities and women, and media organizations. His office also founded and managed an adult literacy program in 8 states.  Gómez also founded and oversaw the company’s worldwide disaster relief program. He played a key role in the changing of the name of the company to Altria and the adoption of a new brand and identity in 2000-2001. 

He later served as head of media relations and executive outreach for Altria in New York City.  In this capacity, he developed a news delivery system using modern electronic communications technologies to reach media around the world, as well as Hispanic and other media groups in the United States.

Gómez was an award-winning adjunct professor of translation (Spanish and French) at New York University from 1996 to 2005. He also taught a course in International Relations at NYU, focusing on diplomacy in the Muslim world. He holds degrees from the University of Washington and George Washington University, and had a graduate fellowship Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He completed the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and the Translation Certificate at New York University. 

Gómez has been honored by many organizations, including Partners of the Americas, the National Association of Hispanic Publications, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Government of Colombia.  He was a founder of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the leading force behind the creation of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a Washington-based coalition of the nation’s largest Hispanic organizations.

He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Pan American Development Foundation in 2000, and served as President from 2002 to 2004. After rotating off the Board, he was appointed to PADF’s Advisory Council.  Gómez was elected as Trustee again in 2007, and in 2009 he was elected PADF President for a second time.