James C. Rosapepe served as the U.S. Ambassador to Romania from 1998-2001. In 2006, he was elected to the Maryland State Senate representing Maryland’s District 21 in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties. From 2001-2006, he served on the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland. A former member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1987-1997, he served as Vice Chair of the Ways and Means Committee. From 1995-1997, he served as Investment Committee Chair of the Albanian American Enterprise Fund. From 1989-1992, he served as the Deputy Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party. He currently is Chairman and CEO of Patuxent Capital Group LLC and serves on the boards of several companies and investment funds in Europe. Ambassador Rosapepe is a co-author of Dracula Is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism, Ended It, and Emerged as the New Italy since 1989 (2009). He has won multiple awards including Certificate of Appreciation from the Maryland Municipal League in 2008. His wife, Sheilah Kast, hosts an interview show on the public radio affiliate in Baltimore, “Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast.” She was an ABC News Correspondent (1981-1997) and host of public television’s This Week in Business (1997-1998).