Fred Radewagen


Biographical Sketch

 

     Since 1982 Fred Radewagen has been director of the Pacific Islands Washington Office, a Washington-based international affairs, governmental and public affairs, and strategic planning organization specializing in the insular Pacific.  Founded in 1975 as Washington and Pacific Associates, PIWO has represented Pacific island governments, organizations and companies, and a number of extra-regional clients with interests in the Pacific.  Clients have included the governor of American Samoa (1983-85; 1989-93), the prime minister of the Cook Islands (1985-89) and the Governor of Guam on his Pacific Visibility Program (1998-2001), the Resident Representative to the U.S. (2002-2004) and the Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (2004-2006).  He has been a consultant to the Republican parties of American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.

.  He has served as
Washington advisor to the Speaker of the Guam Legislature (2001), consultant to the Chairman of the Marshall Islands Nuclear Claims Tribunal (2000-2001) and as executive director of The Micronesia Institute (1999-2001).  Earlier, he was Washington liaison for the high commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (1969-71).  As PIWO director, Mr. Radewagen also was an advisor to the president of the Republic of Nauru and project manager for the construction of Pacific House on behalf of Nauru's phosphate trust (1986-88). 

Mr. Radewagen has spoken on Pacific issues at numerous academic conferences, has been a guest lecturer at the Northern Marianas' Islands Council for the Humanities, the University of Guam and the College of the Marshall Islands, and was a lecturer at the 1987 Smithsonian Associates Pacific Island seminar series.  Representing American Samoa, he was on the Western Governors' Conference - Western Governors' Policy Office merger transition team, the Western Governors' Association Staff Council, the National Governors' Association Committee on International Trade and Foreign Relations Staff Advisory Council, the Pacific Basin Development Council Technical Advisory Committee and the Pacific Islands Development Program officials committee.  He was advisor to the U.S. delegation to the Post-Forum Dialogue in 1991, to the American Samoa delegation to the Rio de Janeiro "Earth Summit" in 1992 and to the Guam delegation to the Third Summit of the Council of Micronesian Chief Executives in Kiribati in 1998.  He also represented American Samoa on the Alliance of Small Island States (1991-93).

    A member of the host committee of the 22nd South Pacific Conference, Mr. Radewagen also participated in the 23rd, 24th, 26th, 29th and 31st conferences, where he also served on
SPC's Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations.  He took part in Niue’s 10th anniversary of self-government celebration and Sir Robert Rex's investiture, and represented
American Samoa at the dedication of the Papua New Guinea Parliament in 1984.  He also was advisor to the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Decolonization Committee in 1982-83 and served as consultant to the secretariat of the Second Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders in Rarotonga in 1985.  In 1981 he was offered but declined appointment as U.S. high commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

    Publisher of The Washington Pacific Report, an internationally circulated current events newsletter from 1982 to 1998, Mr. Radewagen also has been a contributor to the
Political Handbook of the World and has written for the Pacific World Directory, the Pacific Business Guide and the Asia & Pacific Review.  He also has been a contributing editor to Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook.  He has been an accredited correspondent at the departments of State and Defense and has been a member of the Washington Roundtable for the Asia-Pacific Press, the Newsletter Association, the Fiji Press Club and the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).  He was advisor to the host committee of the 1990 PINA conference and was a participant in the 1987, 1989 and 1991 annual conferences.    While heading Washington and Pacific Associates, Mr. Radewagen also held a number of political positions from 1979-1982 at the Republican Governors Association, working with territorial and state governors in Washington in fundraising, state and federal relations, conference management, strategic planning and policy development.

    Before that, he was national political director of the
United States Chamber of Commerce (1976-79), where he developed and managed the National Chamber Alliance for Politics (now USChamberPAC).  Deputy political director from 1975-76, he also wrote and edited the Chamber's political newsletter; co-authored and edited the Chamber's highly regarded manual: Guidelines for Corporate Political Action Committees; was a regular lecturer at Institutes for Organization Management; and spoke extensively on politics and government before various business group gatherings throughout the United States.

    Mr. Radewagen's initial professional involvement with the Pacific islands dates from the period 1969-1975, when he held a number of
U.S. Department of the Interior positions concerned with U.S. Pacific and Caribbean island affairs.  He also was Interior's representative on the federal regional council task force on
Virgin Islands issues, a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Trusteeship Council, Washington representative for the High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and a member of the High Commissioner's Development Coordinating Committee.  He also served on the first U.S. negotiating team for Micronesian future political status.  As staff coordinator for territorial affairs, he was the second-ranking U.S. official in the federal agency charged with responsibility for federal policy towards the U.S. territories and the Trust Territory.  During his Interior years, Mr. Radewagen periodically served as an advance representative for The White House and was territorial governors' coordinator for the 1973 Presidential Inauguration.

    Director of management services for the 1969 presidential inaugural and the 1968 national campaign, Mr. Radewagen at the 1968 nominating convention served as staff assistant to the chairman of candidate Nixon's foreign policy advisory task force after having been a research assistant for the
Republican National Committee.    He participated in eight Republican National Conventions between 1968 and 2004.

Fred Radewagen was born in Louisville, Kentucky on March 20, 1944 and was raised in the Chicago area, graduated from Proviso West High School and received  a bachelor of arts degree from Northwestern University in 1966 with a concentration in diplomatic history.  He went on to receive his  Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1968 with a concentration in international politics.  He was awarded a certificate for participation in the Pacific Islands Area Seminar at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii (1983).

    His past and current memberships and activities include the National Association of Republican Campaign Professionals, the National Capital Interfraternity Forum (founding president),
Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C. (past first vice president), Capitol Hill Club (life member), Delta Tau Delta Fraternity (past Washington alumni president), Northwestern University Alumni Association (past member, Washington chapter board of governors), National Eagle Scout Association (life member), the Circumnavigators Club, American Mensa and its Washington chapter, the February Group, the Reagan Alumni Association, the Bush-Quayle Alumni Association and Westminster Presbyterian Church (past member, Christian Education Committee). 

A charter member of the American Samoa Society, he also is a member of both the Guam Society of America and the Hawaii State Society.  He was a member of the Ponape Agriculture and Trade School (PATS) Advisory Council for the school's 25th anniversary celebration (1987) and was on the steering committee (1989-90) for the establishment of the Professor Richard W. Leopold Lectureship annual series at Northwestern University.  He was founding project manager for the creation of a Pacific Project at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, including the establishment of a permanent Peter Tali Coleman Lecture on Pacific Public Policy.

    A member of the
American Council of Young Political Leaders Alumni Council, Mr. Radewagen was selected as a delegate to the Council's foreign policy conferences from 1983-1992 and was a member of the ACYPL 1984 delegation to the People's Republic of China.  In 2000, he led an ACYPL delegation to observe presidential elections in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Georgia.  He has traveled extensively throughout the world, having visited 51 countries and dependencies, the 50 states and all the U.S. territories.  These totals include visits to 19 of the 21 major island groups that comprise the insular Pacific.  His biography appears in numerous reference books, including Marquis' Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in American Politics.

    Residents of
Alexandria, Virginia, Fred Radewagen and his wife of 34 years, the former Amata Catherine Coleman, have raised three children: Erika, 32, a doctoral candidate in Pacific archaeology at the University of California at Berkeley; Mark, 30, a graduate of De Paul University with a major in communication; and Kirsten, 26, a graduate of the University of Southern California  in the Annenberg School for Communication, who is serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria. 

revised 7-06