Ronald P. Spogli
U.S. Ambassador to Italy
Ambassador Ronald P. Spogli was born in Los Angeles, California
in 1948. He graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. in History in 1970
and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year. He went on to receive
his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1975.
In 1983, together with Bradford M. Freeman, Ambassador Spogli founded Freeman
Spogli & Co., one of the leading private equity investors in the United
States. Based in Los Angeles, Freeman Spogli & Co. has invested in 36 businesses.
In the course of his activities with the company, Ambassador Spogli has served
on the board of directors of over twenty different companies.
Between 1968 and 1973, Ambassador Spogli spent nearly three years in Italy
working on various activities sponsored by Stanford University. In particular,
from September 1968 to March 1969, he studied at Stanford's Florence campus,
while from June 1970 to July 1971 he was the assistant to the Directors of
the Florence program. Finally, from June 1972 until August 1973, he lived in
Milan where he was lead researcher for a project studying the social impact
of labor migration from Southern Italy to the Italian industrial north.
Ambassador Spogli holds a great personal interest in international education
and international relations and has undertaken various projects in this regard.
Since 2001, he has been a member of Stanford's Overseas Studies Council, a
faculty/alumni body that advises on Stanford's International studies programs
. In 2000, he became a member of the Board of Visitors of Stanford's Institute
for International Studies, the University's primary forum for interdisciplinary
research on key international issues and challenges.
Continuing in this commitment, Ambassador Spogli has endowed two university
positions: first, The Gesue and Helen Spogli Professorship in Italian Studies;
second, The Spogli Family Overseas Studies Director position at the Florence,
In 2002, he was appointed to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship
board by President George W. Bush.
He is married to Georgia Beth Caudle and has two children.