Mr. Santillo is the Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, the federal government’s front-line trade agency. The Commercial Service promotes U.S. exports, opens foreign markets to American products and protects U.S. commercial interests abroad. The East Asia and Pacific region spans operations in 13 countries and includes more than 70 Foreign Commercial Service Officers and nearly 300 locally hired employees. The region is home to seven of America’s top fifteen export markets.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Santillo was the Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. There he had day-to-day managerial responsibility for one of the largest Commercial Service operations in the world. Mr. Santillo served as the Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto, Canada from 1996-2000. Before that, he was the Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece where he had regional responsibility for Cyprus, Macedonia and Albania.
Prior to his assignment in Greece, Mr. Santillo was the Deputy Regional Director for Europe in the Office of International Operations of the Commercial Service. His responsibilities included management oversight of operations in more than 15 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Santillo’s experience also includes stints as the Commercial Service’s Assignments Officer, the Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Osaka and as a Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
Mr. Santillo is a member of the Senior Foreign Service and has worked for the Department of Commerce for more than 20 years. A native of Buffalo, NY, Mr. Santillo earned his Master’s Degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Bachelor’s Degree from the American University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Santillo was a Rotary International High School Exchange Student to Japan, and he is an Eagle Scout.
Mr. Santillo is married to Kathleen Troy Santillo, and they have two daughters.