Carlos Romero was born into a Catholic family in Puerto Rico. As a child he attended a Mennonite school. Under the influence of Mennonite teachers, many of who were part of voluntary service, his excitement for Anabaptist teachings and development of a Mennonite identity began.
Romero’s passion and experience for the Mennonite church and education led to his being asked to join MEA as the executive director, upon its formation in 2001.
From 1985-1990, Romero served as the administrator for Academia Menonita, a Mennonite Pre K-grade 12 school in Puerto Rico, with over 600 students. While in Puerto Rico he served on the executive committee of the Puerto Rico Mennonite Conference. From 1990-1999 Romero worked for the Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries (MBCM) as the denominational minister of youth. At MBCM, he directed the Mennonite youth conventions and saw attendance grow from 1800 to more than 6500. From 1999 to 2002, he served as vice president of student life and dean of students at Goshen College, during which time he and his wife led the first group of students to study abroad in the Study-Service Term program in Cuba.
Romero and his family served with Mennonite Board of Missions for a short tem assignment in Spain. He has served as elder and chair for his home church, Clinton Frame Mennonite Church. Romero is a public speaker, often sharing and preaching on behalf of MEA. He consults with boards, is certified in board governance and received a leadership certification for nonprofit chief executives from Board Source.
An important part of Romero’s work is that of intercultural competency and dismantling racism. He was co-founder of, Developing Harmony through Diversity, an initiative of the Mennonite Church on dismantling racism in the 1990s. Today, Romero is a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Diversity Inventory and has trained boards on the importance of working to end racism at the institutional level.
Romero earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Bradley University and a master’s in church management from the Graduate Theological Foundation.
Romero lives in Goshen, Ind., with his wife Celina and their two children. His daughter Elise graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and his son Cristian attends Eastern Mennonite University. He is an active member of Waterford Mennonite Church.