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Alumni Spotlight

August 2014

Kimberton Waldorf School alumni enrich the world around them. We are proud to shine a spotlight on some of our alumni to showcase their stories, career development, interests, accomplishments, and milestones.

This month's featured alumni spotlight is Hugo F. Rodriguez Jr. ’84.

Hugo F. Rodriguez Jr., who has worked with the State Department for many years, including overseas as a U.S. Diplomat, was recently named U.S. Consul General of Mexico City.

Hugo graduated from Kimberton Waldorf School in 1984 and then attended Hampden-Sydney College before continuing on to the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He has worked extensively overseas with the State Department in many different countries including Mexico, Peru, Italy, Iraq and India.

As U.S. Consul General, Hugo will be living in Mexico City, and his position will be at the U.S. Embassy located there. He will be in charge of Mexico City and the Consular District. His job in Consular Operations entails helping U.S. citizens in Mexico with all manner of affairs, such as births, hospitalizations, arrests and passports issues.

In a recent interview, Hugo attributes much of his success to the years he spent at the Kimberton Waldorf School. In the article, Hugo shares:

“I think growing up in a small community and going to Kimberton really helped to make me sensitive to people,” he said. “The school was a small school where you really got to know everybody and I think that the business I ended up in is very much about relationships with people. Even though we talk about the U.S. and Mexico as these large, federal systems, the success of that relationship is really founded on the success of the interpersonal relationships."

He continues, “Kimberton Waldorf School really laid the groundwork for me in that regard. It’s really about caring for the people around you and the importance of that empathy for those who are traveling with you on the same journey, and the value that everybody brings to what they do. I absolutely think the foundation I got at Kimberton was important to being good at what I do now.”

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