Hugh Roome is President and Board Chair of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the oldest and largest teen recognition program. The Alliance evaluates some 300,000 submissions annually. Dr. Jill Biden and Oprah Winfrey will headline the Alliance’s 2021 awards ceremony. Hugh recently co-founded Autonomous Vehicles America (AVAmerica.org).
Over twenty-five years at Scholastic, Inc., Roome published thirty magazines and related websites with 15 million subscribers, including Science World, Scholastic News and the award-winning teen newsmagazine, New York Times Upfront, which he created. Hugh was publisher of various book imprints, including Cornerstones of Freedom and Enchantment of the World. As president of Scholastic International, Hugh led a turnaround of overseas subsidiaries with +3,000 employees that included start-ups in China, Thailand, India and the Philippines.
During his tenure at Scholastic, Hugh also served as President of Consumer and Professional Publishing. He was responsible for the acquisition and turnaround of the Quality Education Data Company and the conversion from print to digital of thirty periodicals. Prior to Scholastic, he was Associate Publisher of Newsweek International, Washington Post Company.
Dr. Roome served on the Tufts Board of Trustees 2009-2020 where he chaired the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
Hugh is past Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Business Media. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Foreign Policy Association. He is past Chair of the Board of the Association of Educational Publishers/EdPress. Hugh is the author of two biographies for children: Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Hero (20217) and Martin Luther King Jr., American Hero (2017). In 2017, he won the Lamplighter Award in educational publishing and was inducted into the Publishers’ Hall of Fame. He was Adjunct Professor teaching “The Global Marketplace: Challenges and Opportunities” at New York University (2006-2014). His wife, Katherine Roome, served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel at McGraw-Hill/Standard & Poor’s Global.
He holds a B.A. magna cum laude and a M.A. from Tufts and a M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.