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Gaddi H. Vasquez
Gaddi H. Vasquez

​Gaddi H. Vasquez is the descendant of migrant farm workers who instilled in him a strong work ethic and the value of serving others.  He was the first member of his family to earn a college degree and has been a lifelong advocate against world hunger, disease and poverty.  

From 2006 to 2009, Gaddi H. Vasquez served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Organizations in Rome, Italy.  He led major reform efforts at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization resulting in the adoption of some of the most sweeping changes in the organization’s history.

Ambassador Vasquez’ public service extends through the city, county, state and federal levels of government. He began his 28-year career in public service as a police officer in Orange, California, has served as an appointee of three former California governors, and was appointed by former President George H. W. Bush to two federal commissions. From 2002 to 2006, he served as Director of the United States Peace Corps. He is currently vice president of public affairs for the Southern California Edison Company, one of the nation’s largest investor owned utilities.

Ambassador Vasquez has been named one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States. He serves on the national advisory board of the Salvation Army as well as on the boards of KOCE TV Foundation, Project Concern International, and the Orangewood Children’s Foundation. Ambassador Vasquez is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the recipient of four honorary doctorate degrees.