Albert A. Fox Jr.
Albert A. Fox, Jr., a graduate of the University of Maryland, is the Founder and President of the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation, a nonprofit organization formerly based in Washington, DC, and now headquartered in Tampa, Florida. The Alliance was founded in November 1998 to re-establish trade and diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. Through his work with the Alliance, he has made more than 100 legal visits to Cuba in the past nineteen years, under the belief we should interact with the Cuban government as it is, not as we wish it to be. These visits have included several meetings with Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, numerous meetings with other high ranking Cuban officials and visits to homes of ordinary Cuban citizens.
The Alliance strategy to enhance United States/Cuba relations is accomplished by educating national government leaders and Tampa Bay’s elected officials, educators, and prominent business leaders to engage the Cuban Government in a dialogue for rapprochement.
• Mr. Fox has organized and led fact finding trips to Cuba for United States senators, congressmen, governors, American artist, religious leaders, and recently organized trips for St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Krisemen, the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, and the Dali Museum.
• Mr. Fox served as a senior congressional staff assistant in both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. A successful lobbyist and businessman, he has more than 40 years of experience in the federal government and private sector. In 1984 he was co-founder of his own lobbying/ government relations company.
• In 1989, Mr. Fox played a vital role in negotiating the release of hundreds of child activists detained throughout South Africa. In 1991, he led the effort in arranging a meeting between former South African President F.W. DeKlerk and 67 United States Senators who embraced the process of reform for the “New South Africa” and the subsequent election of Dr. Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa.
• After a successful career of more than 40 years in Washington, DC, Mr. Fox returned to his hometown Tampa, Florida in 2005 to run for the United States Congress. He was the only one among the five Democratic candidates and Republican candidate to call for rapprochement with Cuba. Today, all the other former candidates, including US Congresswoman Kathy Castor, have changed their position to reflect Mr. Fox’s views regarding US/Cuba policy.
• In 2021 Mr. Fox was a candidate for the United States Senate in the Democratic Party primary in Florida.
• With his wife, Anne, a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Fox co-founded Access Management, Inc. located in Bethesda, Maryland. During the firm’s thirteen-year history, beginning in 1997, it specialized in management consulting in the areas of accounting, information systems, recruiting and government relations.
• Mr. Fox is a former United States Commissioner on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission.
• Mr. Fox helped write, and pushed for the passage of, the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (TSRA), which allows US corporations to sell agriculture products to Cuba..
• Mr. Fox is a member of Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase, Maryland, the St. Petersburg Florida Yacht Club, a member of the Downtown Tampa Rotary Club, a member of Old Memorial Golf Club, Tampa, Florida and a 2016 Paul Harris Fellow recipient for his constructive and humanitarian work seeking rapprochement with Cuba.
• Mr. Fox has lectured before civic groups including Ybor City Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Clubs and universities, including University of Virginia, North Carolina and St. Leo University.
• Mr. Fox has four children and four grandchildren. Three of his children and his grandchildren live in northern Virginia and his youngest child, Irina, lives in Tampa. He enjoys opera, is an avid golfer, is fluent in Spanish, and enjoys watching his youngest daughter and wife ride horses.
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