Biography of Chairman of the Board/CEO Mauro E. Mujica
Mauro E. Mujica has been Chairman of the Board and CEO of U.S.ENGLISH since January of 1993. Mr. Mujica, who himself immigrated to the United States from his native Chile, has a firsthand understanding of the obstacles facing non-English speakers upon their arrival in this country. His insight into the linguistic isolation of non-English speakers and his determination to help tear down these barriers made him a perfect successor to the late Senator S.I. Hayakawa, who founded the organization in 1983.
Since his election as Chairman of U.S.ENGLISH, Mr. Mujica has overseen a renewed drive to pass official English legislation at the state and federal level. His testimony before Congress was instrumental in the House of Representatives passing Official English legislation during the 104th Congress.
As part of his efforts to increase the visibility of U.S. ENGLISH, Mr. Mujica has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs including, “Good Morning America,” “60 Minutes,” “Lou Dobbs Tonight” and various shows on Fox, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, BBC, Telemundo and Univision. He has spoken on the importance of English at numerous college campuses and in front of several state legislatures. Mr. Mujica’s leadership has increased the organization’s membership from 165,000 in 1993 to over 2 million members today.
Mr. Mujica is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture from Columbia University and is an Honorary Member of Emmanuel College at Cambridge University, England, where he studied architecture, art, and the Middle Ages. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French, has a working knowledge of Italian, and is currently studying Russian.
Mr. Mujica was a member of the Advisory Board of the US-UK Fulbright Commission from 1995-2000 and Chairman of the US Fulbright Advisory Board of the US-UK Fulbright Commission from 1997-2000. Mr. Mujica is an international architect whose career spans 35 years.
An accomplished businessman, Mr. Mujica is a partner and investor in several international firms in Europe and the United States, with company interests ranging from architecture to real estate, investment banking and the arts.
Mr. Mujica is also an award-winning photographer.
Click here to read Mr. Mujica’s statement about the importance of Official English.