Steven Hendrix '84
2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award for Professional Achievement
Steven Hendrix’s prolific career began with an equally accomplished Carroll experience. He double majored in economics and Spanish while also being active on the tennis team, campus religious services and the Carroll radio station.
He went on a NCEP trip to Mexico, was an honorary exchange scholar to England's University of Nottingham, and was part of the Presbyterian Church's National Peacemaking Committee, formulating national policy to end apartheid in South Africa and human rights abuses in Central America. Hendrix graduated from Carroll Magna Cum Laude in 1984.
He continued his studies completing a law degree Cum Laude and a Master's degree with honors in Ibero-American studies at the University of Wisconsin in 1987. Hendrix applied his bilingual skills to international litigation, attaining law licenses and bar memberships in Central and South America, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals. He has a doctor of law degree from Universidad Mayor de San Andres in Bolivia and a doctorate in judicial sciences from Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala.
For more than 20 years, Hendrix has led policy reform and institutional transformation in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. He currently serves with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which he has been with since 1997, providing economic and humanitarian assistance to Central America and Mexico. He also has an extensive pro-bono record in Latin America, negotiating labor, family and civil law issues for historically disadvantaged groups.
Hendrix has published more than 100 professional journal articles and an award-winning book. His expertise has been requested for international television, radio, internet-based programs, and lectures at universities and non-profit organizations. He has served on boards for non-profit organizations and made leadership contributions to various private voluntary organizations and church congregations. Hendrix has received a multitude of honors and awards for his professional accomplishments.
He and wife Julia Roane '86 have three children, Daniel, Susana and John. When not abroad, Hendrix lives in Arlington, Va.