Mr. Otero, known as “Jack” to friends and associates, is President of a consulting firm specializing in labor and international strategies, language services and minority outreach programs. During 1996-1997, Mr. Otero served as President of FPS International, a Washington, D.C. public relations and communications firm. Prior to joining FPS International, Mr. Otero served as Deputy Undersecretary of Labor, and Assistant Secretary of Labor-Designate for International Affairs at the U.S Department of Labor, during the first Administration of President Clinton. Mr. Otero also served in the Jimmy Carter Administration.
Mr. Jack Otero was also appointed by President Clinton in 1994 as the Principal Representative of the U.S. Government at the UN-affiliated International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva; and was the Principal U.S. Government member of the ILO Governing Body.
Mr. Otero was the titular head of the DOL’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB); the agency responsible for policy, program development and implementation of all labor matters impacting U.S. foreign policy. He was responsible for U.S. labor policy at the OECD and OPIC; served on the U.S. Board of the Foreign Service and represented the Secretary of Labor on the President’s Export Council. And was also the Chief U.S. Government negotiator of the NAFTA Labor Supplemental Agreement.
Mr. Otero, born and educated in Havana, Cuba migrated to the U.S. in 1953 and became a railway clerk employed by the ITRR Co. in 1954 in St. Louis, Mo. He soon joined the Transportation-Communications Union (TCU) and later served as elected International Vice-President of TCU from 1971 to 1993. He was the first Hispanic-American labor leader ever to be elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council. His expertise in international affairs includes a seven-year period as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). Jack Otero has lived in Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Peru; and has traveled extensively to over 150 countries. He is proficient in four languages.
Mr. Otero, a naturalized U.S. citizen, is also recognized as a national Hispanic leader. In 1993, he received the “Hispanic Hero of the Year” award from the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Conference. He served as national president of the AFL-CIO’s Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) for eight years. He has taught international labor history at various U.S. universities.
Active for many years in Democratic Party politics, he was the elected First Vice-Chairman of the National Democratic Committee from 1989 to 1993. He holds membership in AARP, LCLAA and TCU-IAM; and is Member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) and Member of the Board of Directors of AARP Global Network. He is the Secretary of the Washington-based Committee on Free Trade Unionism (CFTU) and is an active member of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy.
Mr. Otero is married to Carin Moran Otero, a career senior executive with the Department of Defense. Mr. Otero is the proud father of four children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.