Pedro Moreno

Pedro Moreno

Program Director, Prison Fellowship

Pedro C. Moreno is an author, speaker and consultant on health and social policy. He has served in the private sector as well as the Federal and State governments, managing large institutions. His extensive experience includes work on behalf of persons with disabilities, mental health and substance abuse issues, promotion of girls education internationally, working to help Veterans get treatment, training and employment, fighting trafficking in persons, supporting healthy families, combating illegal drug use among youth, facilitating the re-entry of ex-prisoners into society, helping with refugee resettlement, working for religious and ethnic reconciliation, and generally helping marginalized and low income individuals and communities get mainstreamed.

Moreno was appointed lead of a Veterans Employment team for the State of Kansas and brought a delegation consisting of representatives of the Commission on Veterans Affairs, Adjutant General's Office, Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicaid State Director, Mental Health and Substance Abuse associations, and business leaders to a SAMHSA consultation in Washington, D.C.

Moreno has served in the private and public sectors for 20 years, including as Deputy Secretary at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, as Deputy Director for Operations at the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Counselor to the Deputy Director for Demand Reduction at The White House Drug Policy Office (ONDCP, working on demand reduction among youth), Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Administration for Children and Families), Prison Fellowship International, The Rutherford Institute, and the Social Emergency Fund (in cooperation with the World Bank).

His banking experience includes work with BankBoston, Bolivian-American Bank and the World Bank, having served as cashier, vault assistant, researcher on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and privatization of sugar and electricity industries in Chile, and international contracts reviewer.

Moreno served as a United States Government delegate to the Executive Board of UNICEF, was a delegate at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo (1994), attended and spoke at the NGO Forum of the UN Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, helped negotiate the outcome document for the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children (New York, 2002), and was a delegate to the WHO-UNICEF Consultation on Child/Adolescent Health (Stockholm, 2002). He actively promoted responsible and involved fatherhood programs (i.e., fathers respecting their wives, helping at home, and nurturing their children) during his 6 plus years at the Administration for Children and Families (HHS).

In addition to a Law Degree from the University of San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia, Moreno received a Master’s in international law and economic development from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and completed the Specialization in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Harvard University. Moreno has traveled in 66 countries on all continents and also speaks Spanish and French.

Moreno founded the Father and Daughter Alliance (FADA) to help girls in India connect with their fathers and get enrolled in school, thus preventing their labor and sexual exploitation. This program is currently administered by the Robert Duvall Children's Fund.

Moreno has authored numerous articles, some of them published in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers in several countries. He is the Editor of the Handbook on Religious Freedom Around the World (TRI Press, used by University of Virginia website) , and a contributing author to a book in the Religion and Human Rights Series published by ORBIS (1999). He has been interviewed by the Washington Post, BBC, the New York Times (Madrid Bureau), Voice of America, Australian Broadcasting Co., UN Radio, Washington Times, Arab Times (Kuwait), Sekaj Nippo (Tokyo), and appeared on C-SPAN.