Vice President for Communications
Pedro Ribeiro has served at AAU since March 2017. As Vice President for Communications, he oversees and coordinates AAU’s public affairs, communications, and media relations activities. He also staffs the Public Affairs Network constituent group.
Before joining AAU, Mr. Ribeiro served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that role, he served as a senior advisor to the Department’s senior leadership on media, public, and employee engagement strategies. He also helped develop and manage the Department’s strategic engagement plans for complex issues in coordination with other departments and the White House.
Prior to his service as Deputy Assistant Secretary, he served as an Assistant Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In that role, he was responsible for managing and overseeing ICE’s external and internal messaging programs. He directed the agency’s global communications efforts and a staff of 60 employees responsible for media engagement, strategic communications and internal communications.
Before joining DHS, he served as the Director of the Office of Communications in the Executive Office of the Mayor in the District of Columbia. In that role he served as the senior on the record spokesperson for the Government of the District of Columbia and coordinated all of the District's public and employee outreach efforts. He also managed the District's Joint Information Center and was responsible for coordinating the District's public information response to both the Navy Yard shooting and Hurricane Sandy.
Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director to Representative Zoe Lofgren of California during her tenure as Chair of the House Ethics Committee and Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration. He also served as Press Secretary to Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas and in the non-profit community as communications adviser.