IJA International Judicial Academy

Figueroa Joins IJA Staff

The International Judicial Academy is pleased to announce that Richard Figueroa, former U.S. State Department diplomat and official, has joined the Academy as Vice-President for Latin American Programs. In such capacity Mr. Figueroa will be responsible for developing educational programs for the Academy in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Mr. Figueroa is a retired diplomat with over 20 years experience in the U.S. Department of State. While at the State Department he had diplomatic postings in Spain, Russia, and Belgium, where he worked at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, as well as domestic assignments in various bureaus of the State Department. A native of Puerto Rico, in December 2008, he was appointed by Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño as Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA.) At the helm of PRFAA, Figueroa advised the Governor and served as his chief representative before federal, state, and local governments throughout the U.S.. PRFAA has offices in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

A distinguished public servant, Mr. Figueroa is the recipient of five U.S. Government Superior Honor Awards, including one received in 2006 for outstanding public outreach in Spain. He was nominated in 2005 for the Secretary of State’s Public Speaking Award. Mr. Figueroa attended primary and secondary schools in Puerto Rico, and earned a B.A. from Yale University and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Columbia University School of Law. He is admitted to the Florida Bar and most recently worked as a government relations advisor in the Washington office of a Puerto Rico-based law firm. He speaks five languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Russian.