Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2011: Leticia Macapinlac
Leticia Macapinlac is a Foreign Service financial management officer. She is originally from the Philippines and has held certified public accountant licenses in the Philippines, Washington, and New Mexico. Her previous assignments include Bridgetown, Fort Lauderdale Regional Center, Curacao, Port of Spain, Georgetown, Pretoria, Madrid, Bogota, Kuala Lumpur, Asuncion, and Gaborone. She is now serving as a special assistant to the deputy chief financial officer in the Bureau of Resource Management.
Leticia received the prestigious 2002 ICASS Outstanding Leadership Award for her creation of the Madrid ICASS Handbook and the ICASS revival at post. She also received several Meritorious Honor Awards and a Superior Honor Award for her significant contributions to improve overseas financial management..
In her previous career, she served as Assistant Regional Audit Manager in the Washington State Auditor’s Office, Seattle’s Director of Accounting Services, Chief Financial Officer of King County (largest county in Washington), and Finance Director of Los Alamos County, New Mexico. She received an Outstanding Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration for having saved Seattle’s triple-A bond rating by correcting its major accounting deficiencies and converting it to an award-winning city. Most notable of the awards received by Seattle was a Louisville Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the first investments handbook ever produced by a large city. Leticia was also honored by the Asian Pacific Women’s Caucus in Seattle in 1986 for her outstanding achievements.