Jose Silverio Sorzano, 80, of Arlington, Virginia, and Levels, West Virginia, died December 29, 2020, at Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, Virginia.\nHe was the son of the late Jose Silverio Sorzano y deCardenas and Matilde Sanchez Montoulieu Sorzano. He was born and raised in Havana and came to the United States in 1960, fleeing communist Cuba.\nAmbassador Sorzano was a university professor, diplomat, presidential adviser, and international businessman. He served on several government boards and commissions and was a long-standing member of the MasTec Inc. board of directors. He received numerous scholarships, fellowships, honors, and awards throughout his life.\nHe always described his life as The American Story. When he came to the US at the age of 20, he came with his basketball shoes (he was on the Cuban national championship team) and five dollars. His first job was in the Key Bridge Marriott kitchen, mopping floors and learning English. He had a job and a free meal, and that was what he needed. From there, he earned a degree in international affairs from Georgetown University. He went on to get a PhD in political philosophy from Georgetown, seeking to know and understand what had happened to his country of birth. He became a US citizen in 1972, one of the proudest days of his life.\nFor eighteen years, he was an Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, specializing in political theory. During one of his sabbaticals, he was US Peace Corps Director in Colombia, South America. He built Peace Corps Colombia into the second largest Peace Corps program in the world. In 1981, President Reagan appointed him US Ambassador to the United Nations as US Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and then as Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Ambassador Sorzano served for five years. After leaving government service, he was the President of the Cuban American National Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a free, independent, and democratic Cuba. In 1987, he was appointed to the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President (Ronald Reagan) and Senior Director for Latin American Affairs and served for almost two years. After he left government service, he established his own international consulting firm specializing in joint ventures between US and foreign firms.\nHe is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shannon Hogan Sorzano of Arlington, VA, and Levels, WV; their daughter Julia Matilde Sutula (David) of Fairfax, VA; their son Jose S. Sorzano, Jr. (Tracy) of Palm City, FL; and three grandchildren, Shannon Kay Sutula, Jose S. Sorzano III, and Jacob Donald Sorzano. Also surviving are his three sisters, Maria Matilde Menocal (Jorge), Gloria Monge, and Georgina Binkins (Martin), and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.\nA funeral mass will be held at St John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean, VA, on Saturday, January 16 at twelve noon. Burial will be in the Hogan family plot in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in New Jersey. Memorial donations may be made to Center for a Free Cuba, Cubacenter.org; or Helping Hands, 24 W Main St, Romney, WV 26757.