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Steven J. and Dorothea Green

Ambassador Steven J. and Dorothea Green Ambassador Steven J. and Dorothea Green

Steven J. Green and his wife, Dorothea, established the Green Family Foundation in 1991 to support social programs, which include HIV/AIDS prevention and education, access to the arts, youth and education, homeless assistance, disaster relief, and community outreach.

Former chairman and CEO of Samsonite Corporation, Mr. Green was named United States Ambassador to Singapore in 1998. During his term as ambassador, Mr. Green spearheaded a number of strategic programs that greatly enhanced U.S./Singapore alliances in economic development, intellectual property, immigration and national security.

Ambassador Green also increased American corporate citizenship in Singapore by founding Friendship Works, a model program targeting U.S. business philanthropy and related volunteer action to specific areas of need in community building, education and health care.

In addition to his corporate leadership and public service, Ambassador Green has been active in national civic affairs through the Green Family Foundation.  He has served as a trustee and program chair for the Children’s Health Fund, the United States Olympic Committee’s Champions in Life program, United Way, University of Miami and Florida International University.   

Ambassador Green also founded the Cordell Hull Award, which honors a senior officer who has shown excellence in international economic policy in the Department of State or overseas. Recipients can include ambassadors, DCMs, consuls general, economic counselors, deputy assistant secretaries and office directors.

Ambassador Green was honored in 1999 with the American Red Cross Philos Award for a $1 million donation to the Red Cross of Greater Miami & the Keys. The funds aided victims of single family fires and a swimming education program that engaged over 180,000 of Miami Dade’s children.

Ambassador Green and his wife were also honored with The United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy, which recognizes individuals who are helping others through personal philanthropy that supports human services.

Dorothea Green, a former Miss USA, has a strong foundation and interest in the arts. She is the founder of the Steven and Dorothea Green Critics’ Lecture Series at Florida International University. Mrs. Green recently published a personal travel book, My World by Water, which documents her family's travels around the world by yacht. All proceeds from the books are donated to the University of Miami's Department of Pediatrics.  

Mrs. Green is a board member of both Florida International University and the Ballet Gammonet.

Ambassador and Mrs. Green have two daughters, Andrea and Kimberly, and are proud grandparents of Steven Wesley and Olivia Tyler Jarrell.

Andrea founded and runs Operation K-9 Rescue, an organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and finding loving homes for abused, neglected and abandoned American bulldogs, rare mastiffs and other bulldog breeds.

Kimberly continues her family's mission as president of the Green Family Foundation.