Nilda Pedrosa serves as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (R) under delegation of authority from Secretary Pompeo. Nilda brings over 20 years of strategic communications and policy experience to her leadership role in the Office of the Under Secretary. Prior to beginning her duties as Senior Official for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Nilda served as the Department’s White House Liaison. In that role, she advised the Department on all personnel matters relating to non-career appointments at the Department.
Previously, Nilda served as Chief of Staff to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. As a member of the Attorney General’s senior leadership team, Nilda worked on the development and implementation of major policy initiatives, among them, the fight against human trafficking.
Nilda’s previous federal experience includes key roles both in the Executive Branch, at the U.S. Department of State, serving as the Secretary of State’s liaison to state and local governments, and in the Legislative Branch, working for Members of both Houses of Congress. She served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and, from 2005 to 2008, as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, advising the Senator on key policy issues including immigration reform, criminal justice, trade, healthcare and foreign policy with an emphasis on Latin America.
Nilda has also served as Assistant Dean of the Florida International University College of Law and as Vice Chair of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, which recommends nominees to the Governor to fill judicial vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court. Additionally, Nilda has also served as Policy Director for the Sayfie Review Florida Leaders Summit, an annual gathering of statewide leaders in Florida. Nilda previously served as the founding Director of Public Policy & Governmental Relations at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida. Nilda continues to volunteer as a Board Member of Amigos For Kids, whose core mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Nilda received her undergraduate degree from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and her J.D. from New England Law in Boston, Massachusetts.