Mr. H. Delano Roosevelt will begin service as the second President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations on October 1, 2023. He previously served as the National Council's Vice Chairman, and as a member of its Board of Directors and International Advisory Committee.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Roosevelt is the grandson of President Franklin Delano and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and the son of James Roosevelt, FDR's first-born son. He is also a descendant of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Mr. Roosevelt served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S.-Saudi Business Council from 2019-2022. Prior to joining the business council, he served as the Director of Business Development for the Reza Investment Group in Saudi Arabia. He is a Co-Founder of Friends of Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Roosevelt has been a Member and the former Chairman of the Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce, an Executive Board Member of the American Mission Hospital in Bahrain, First Vice President of the Bahrain American Chamber of Commerce, a Board Member of the FDR Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, and Board Member of the American Business Group of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Roosevelt previously headed Roosevelt Global Partners, an international consulting company focused on assisting organizations and private investors in structuring cross-border transactions, technology transfers, and direct investments around the world, particularly in the Middle East and the Arab region. He was formerly a member of the Long Beach City Council, where he served in such positions as Chair of the Federal Legislation and Environmental Affairs Committee and Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee. Early in his career, he worked at Southern California Edison and the Boeing Sea Launch Program as Director of Governmental Relations.