Pedro V. Roig, Esq.
Roig holds an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Miami and earned his Juris Doctorate from St. Thomas University. Following law school, Roig had the privilege of being mentored by a Miami legal icon, attorney Burton Young.
Roig’s professional career is diverse. He is not only an attorney, but also a historian, educator, author, and champion of advancing human rights and individual liberties. At a young age, he integrated the Christian Democratic Movement in Santiago de Cuba. (Led by Jose Fernandez Badue). In August 1960 he joined Jorge Más Canosa in Miami, where they became active in the Radio Swan freedom messages to the island. Roig is a veteran of the Brigade 2506 and has remained fully committed in the long historical fight (60 years) for Cuba’s liberty. He has written several books including “Death of a Dream,” a comprehensive history of Cuba, as well as the “Cuban War of Independence 1895—1898.”
From 1970 to 1985, Roig was Director of the Interamerican Military Academy, a K to 12 coed-bilingual school that achieved remarkable success in its graduates college placements and personal achievements.
In 1991, Roig was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the National Advisory Board of Education, where he served for four years. In 2003, Roig was appointed by President George W. Bush as Director of the Office of Cuban Broadcasting (Radio and Television Marti). On June 11, 2003, Roig testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on International Relations and in September 2010 he received the Superior Accomplishment Award from the National Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) for his outstanding leadership in fulfilling Radio and TV Marti’s mission. In 2011, Roig joined the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) at the University of Miami.
As an active member of the Florida Bar, Roig has worked successfully on a number of legal cases which include issues related to Cuba. Additionally, Roig has served as a court-appointed receiver and as a mediator. As chairman of CCSS Board of Directors Roig brings a wealth of intellectual,administrative and professional experience to fulfill the goal of the Center.
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J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law
M.A., University of Miami, History
B.A., University of Miami, History