About Us

A group of businessmen interested in the development and expansion of trade relations between the United States and Venezuela, and dedicated to the Pan American ideal, met on the 9th day of July 1936 at the India House on Hanover Square in downtown New York. The purpose of their meeting was to form a nonprofit organization pursuant to the Membership Corporation Law of the State of New York which they named the Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce of the United States, Incorporated.

John L. Merrill was chosen as President, Herman G. Brock, Carlos A. Scholtz, and James S. Carson were elected Vice Presidents, and Amos B. Foy,Treasurer.John L. Merrill was chosen as President, Herman G. Brock, Carlos A. Scholtz, and James S. Carson were elected Vice Presidents, and Amos B. Foy,Treasurer.

This institution was founded in 1936 with the mission of promoting investment, commerce and cultural exchange between the United States of America and Venezuela. Today, we believe that due to the magnitude of the economic, social and political catastrophe that has befallen the country, it is the mission of our chamber to become a platform to provide a forum for a variety of opinions, open dialogue and awareness of the most current issues affecting Venezuela through our programs and events.

Our History in Pictures 

Our Board

Michael Skol
Vice President
Carlos Iván López
Executive Secretary
Linda A. Calvet
Deputy Director
Lina Delgado
Alejandro Arreaza
Barclays Capital
Russell Dallen
Managing Partner
Caracas Capital Markets
Ana Julia Jatar
El Tiempo Latino Media
Andrea Marquez-Bottome
Becker Glynn
Ezequiel Camerini
Fox Horan & Camerini
Alfredo J. González
Past President
Clara Krivoy
Past President
Joseph Owens
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
José M. Carballo
PTC Services (Empresas Polar)
Alejandro Grisanti
Carlos Iván López
Managing Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Ambassador Michael Skol
Skol & Serna
Robert Y. Stebbings
Stebbings & Associates
Past President
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Know Our Latest Events

Webinar Series:

Conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela

A Conversation with Ambassador

Carlos Vecchio

Moderator: Cynthia Arnson,Director of the Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Opening Remarks: Ana Julia Jatar

Private Event


The Human Rights Crisis in Venezuela: A Conversation with Jose Miguel Vivanco

Moderator: Marcia Biggs, freelance journalist, expert on international conflict and humanitarian crises

Opening Remarks: Ana Julia Jatar


Regress & Progress:Venezuela & Israel


Pynchas Brenner, Ambassador of Venezuela to Israel

Moderator: Amb. Michael Skol

Opening Remarks: Ana Julia Jatar

How is the Region Coping with the COVID-19 Challenge?


Professor, Ricardo Hausmann

Moderator: Amb. Michael Skol


The United State and Venezuela


Elliot Abrams

Moderator: Amb. Michael Skol


A Conversation with 

Annette Idler

Autor of “Borderland Battles”

Private Event


A Comprehensive Look at

The Impact of COVID-19 in

The Andean Region


We were honored to have Dr. Jose A. Ocampo, Diego Macera, Russ Dallen, and Walter Spurrier Baquerizo as our speakers for this webinar. Moderated by Dr. Alejo Czerwonko,  the discussion covered the pandemic's effect on the economic and social outlook.

"Where Chaos 



An award-winning short film by Braulio Jatar and Anaïs Michel about the Venezuelan migration crisis.

Screening, Panel discussion, Networking event

The Future of Venezuela's Oil Industry

Speaker Program

An Outlook from Luis A. Pacheco, President of the Board Ad Hoc of PDVSA.


A Conversation with Lester Toledo

Speaker Program

International Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid for Venezuela.


Summer Networking Happy Hour 

A Fundraiser for Venezuela

Cultural and Networking event

Proceeds went directly to Cuatro Por Venezuela Foundation

Business Program

Venezuela in 2019: Political and Economic Outlook

On Tuesday Dec. 4 we had an important panel of experts: Alejandro Grisanti (straight from Caracas), Russ Dallen, Douglas Barrios and Luisa Palacios.

They discussed what could be in store for Venezuela's economic and political future.