Roman Popadiuk, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, is an International Affairs Advisor and former Principal for Morgan Lewis Consulting. A retired member of the career Senior Foreign Service, Roman brings more than 30 years of experience in the areas of national security, political risk analysis, communications strategy and energy policy, including serving on the National Security Councils of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. With his vast experience and contacts that span the globe, Roman brings a unique insight into international political and business matters.
Prior to joining the firm, he served for 13 years as the executive director of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation at Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M, Roman also served as chairman of the Executive Committee of the China-US Relations Conference, a biennial conference that examined the mutual relationship between the two countries.
He served as International Affairs advisor and senior civilian on the staff of the Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair from 1995 to 1998. Prior to serving in that capacity, Roman spent two years as a member of the faculty of the School of Area Studies at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.
From 1989 to 1992, Roman served as deputy assistant to the President and deputy press secretary for Foreign Affairs under President George H. W. Bush, a position he also held toward the end of President Ronald Reagan’s administration.
Roman began his career in the Foreign Service in 1981. He served in Mexico City from 1982 to 1984, where he did consular and political work and was special assistant to the ambassador. He then served a two-year tour with the Department of State and the National Security Council.
He has written about and is frequently interviewed on issues relating to U.S.-Ukraine relations, the situation in Ukraine, and other national security and global relations issues. He co-authored Privileged and Confidential: The Secret History of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. His writings have been published in The Ukrainian Quarterly, The Foreign Service Journal, Mediterranean Quarterly and Presidential Studies Quarterly.
Roman is a member of the US-Ukraine Energy Task Force of the Ukraine 2020 Policy Dialogue, a forum co-sponsored by the US Embassy in Ukraine aimed at strengthening US-Ukraine relations and Ukraine’s integration into Europe. In 2006, he served as an observer of the parliamentary election in Ukraine. He is a senior advisor to the US-Ukraine Business Council. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Hunter College The City University of New York, 1973, Bachelor of Arts
The Graduate Center City University of New York, 1981, Doctor of Philosophy
Awards and Affiliations
Council on Foreign Relations
Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University, Advisory Board
US-Ukraine Business Council, Advisory Board
Dedicated Service Certificate, George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University (May 2012)
Resolution of Appreciation, Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce (May 2012)
Outstanding Service Award, Barbara Bush Literacy Corps, Brazos County, Texas (April 2012)
Hrushevsky Award, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (September 2011)
Appreciation Award, Korean American Scientists and Engineers Association, Texas A&M University Chapter (March 2010)
Outstanding Distinguished Citizen, Brazos Valley African American Museum (January 2006)
Certificate of Appreciation, US Secret Service (2005)
Certificate of Appreciation, The American Legion, Earl Graham Post 159, Bryan, Texas
Dedicated Service Plaque, Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center of Philadelphia (August 1993)
Dedicated Service Plaque, Ukrainian American Veterans (June 1993)
Hunter College Hall of Fame, Hunter College Alumni Association (May 1993)
Shevchenko Freedom Award, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (October 1992)
Certificate of Merit, Ukrainian American Veterans (April 1992)
Superior Honor Award, US Department of State (January 1992)
Appreciation Plaque, National Security Council, The White House (1991)
Annual Achievement Award, Ukrainian Institute of America, Inc. (November 1991)