November 15, 1983

The President has accorded the personal rank of Ambassador to Otto J. Reich, of Virginia, while serving as Coordinator for Public Diplomacy for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mr. Reich served in the United States Army in 1966 - 1969 as first lieutenant. In 1970 - 1971 he was staff assistant to Congressman W. R. Hull, Jr., of the United States House of Representatives. He was research fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in 1971 - 1972, and vice president for international development at Cormorant Enterprises in Miami, Fla., in 1972 - 1973. He was international representative at the Florida Department of Commerce in Coral Gables, Fla. (1973 - 1975), and community development coordinator of the city of Miami (1975 - 1976). In 1976 - 1981 he was director of Washington operations at the Council of the Americas in Washington, D.C. He was Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Agency for International Development in 1982 - 1983. Since 1983 he has been Coordinator for Public Diplomacy for Latin America and the Caribbean, Department of State.

Mr. Reich graduated from the University of North Carolina (B.A., 1966) and Georgetown University (M.A., 1973). His foreign language is Spanish. He was born October 16, 1945, in Havana, Cuba, and became a naturalized United States citizen in 1966.