Aponte, Mari C. - Organization of American States - September 2014


REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE

SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certification to Demonstrate
Competence – Foreign Service Act, Section 304 (a) (4)

POST: Organization of American States

CANDIDATE: Mari Carmen Aponte

Mari Carmen Aponte currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, a position she has held since 2012. Ms. Aponte possesses an extensive range of professional and personal experiences demonstrating her strong leadership skills, management abilities and dedication to public service. Her bilingual and bicultural backgrounds make her especially knowledgeable of Hispanic cultures. 

Prior to serving in El Salvador, she was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Oriental Financial Group. She also worked as a consultant and solo law practitioner from 2005 to 2009, representing most often the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, a Spanish speaking national public service television and multimedia platform in New York City. She has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1995. In government, she also served as a White House Fellow assigned to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1979-1980, and worked on the state level as the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. 

Ms. Aponte also has served on various boards and councils, including the Latino Advisory Council at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Kennedy Center Community Advisory Board, the Foundation for Women in Medicine Advisory Board, vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, and vice-chair of the Smithsonian Institution’s Task Force on Latino Issues. For her dedication and hard work she has been the honored recipient of an honorary Doctorate of laws from the District of Columbia School of Law and the Graciela Olivarez Award from the National Council of La Raza.

Ms. Aponte graduated from Rosemont College in 1968 with a BA, and from Villanova University in 1970 with an MA. She received her law degree from the Temple University School of Law in 1975. She speaks and reads French and is fluent in Spanish.