Echaveste, Maria - United Mexican States - October 2014


REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE

SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: United Mexican States

CANDIDATE: Maria Echaveste

Maria Echaveste, an attorney and government relations expert, currently serves as a Lecturer and Director of Policy and Program Development at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California Berkeley School of Law in Berkeley, California. She was also a founding partner and Principal of NVG, LLC (NVG), a Washington, D.C. based public policy consulting firm. Ms. Echaveste possesses proven leadership and management skills, as well as deep personal knowledge of the complex economic, political and immigration relationships between Mexico and the U.S., which will enable her to promote ever stronger bilateral relations with the Government of Mexico, one of the U.S.’s most important partners worldwide.

Previously, Ms. Echaveste served as Assistant to President Clinton and Deputy Chief of Staff, (1998-2001) and Assistant to President Clinton and Director of the Office of Public Liaison (1997-1998), The White House, Washington, D.C., and Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor (1993-1997). Under her leadership, the Wage and Hour Division was the recipient of the Kennedy School Innovations in Government Award in 1994. She also served as Associate Director, White House Presidential Personnel Office and Deputy Personnel Director, Presidential Transition Office, Washington, D.C. (1992-1993). She worked on the Clinton for President and Clinton/Gore National Campaign, Little Rock, Arkansas (1992-1992). Prior to her career in public service, she was a corporate litigator specializing in bankruptcy litigation with Rosenman & Colin (1985-1992) and Guggenheimer & Untermeyer (1984-1985) in New York City and Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman, Kuchel & Silbert in Los Angeles, California (1980-1984). She was appointed as Special Representative to Bolivia by Secretary of State Clinton in 2009 and appointed as Commissioner of New York City Board of Elections by the Bronx, New York Borough President (1987-1991).

Ms. Echaveste earned an A.B. from Stanford University in 1976 and a J.D. from the
University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt) in 1980. She speaks Spanish.