Strategic Advisor, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Diversity Officer, Educational Testing Service
As Strategic Advisor, Frank Gómez assisted the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer in her work as Chair of the ETS Council on the Mission until it completed its work in Fall, 2015. This included Council plans, internal and external communications, ETS’s Center for Advocacy and Philanthropy programs, and other initiatives to help assure their alignment with strategies emanating from the Council. In addition, he advises her on diversity issues, external relations, media affairs and initiatives that address the education needs of underserved and underrepresented populations.
From 2009–2013, Gómez was ETS’s Strategic Alliances & Public Affairs Executive, overseeing initiatives to identify and strengthen relations with selected communities and organizations, including the Latino community. In 2010, he was asked to lead a strategy team to address English Learner (EL) needs in the United States that led to the creation in 2011 of an EL office in the K–12A division. Previously, he was Executive Director of External & Media Relations.
Before joining ETS in 2005, Gómez was a public affairs executive at Altria, directing corporate communications, executive outreach, community relations, corporate image advertising, an adult literacy program and support for government relations. He previously worked as a Washington-based international affairs consultant on behalf of clients in France, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Latin America and the United States.
He capped his 1965–1984 Foreign Service career as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs following cultural and public affairs postings in Haiti, Mali, Costa Rica, Colombia and Washington, D.C. He earned six outstanding service awards and was a U.S. Jaycees Outstanding Young Man of America. Gómez also was honored by Partners of the Americas, among other organizations, and received the Colombian government’s Order of Grand Official in 2004.
Gómez is a three-time President of the Board of the Pan American Development Foundation, an affiliate of the Organization of American States, and was Chairman of the Hispanic Council on International Relations. Gómez also was a board member of the World Affairs Councils of America and the Executive Council on Diplomacy and was a founder of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, among others. He taught French and Spanish translation and International Relations at New York University (NYU), creating and teaching a course on relations with the Muslim world, and received NYU’s
Distinguished Service Award. Gómez is a member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language and a founder and board member of the Research Institute of United States Spanish.
A University of Washington graduate, he earned a Masters of Administration degree from George Washington University and was honored with induction into Pi Alpha Alpha, the Public Administration Scholastic Honorary Society. Gómez completed a Graduate Fellowship at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He also earned a Certificate in Translation at NYU.