Romero, who in September will succeed Ira Glasser, will be the first gay and first Hispanic man to head the organization.
Glasser is retiring after heading the group for 23 years.
Romero, who previously worked at the Rockefeller Foundation and led a study of future directions in civil rights advocacy, is director of human rights and international cooperation at Ford.
The program last year made $90 million in grants.
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