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President Obama nominates Mari Carmen Aponte as new Ambassador to El Salvador

Mari Carmen Aponte

Mari Carmen Aponte

President Barack Obama announced this December 9, his intent to nominate Mari Carmen Aponte, as new Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador.

Mari Carmen Aponte is currently an attorney and independent consultant with Aponte Consulting. From 2001-2004, Ms. Aponte was the Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA). Prior to that, she practiced law for nearly twenty years with Washington D.C. based law firms. Ms. Aponte also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. She is also a member of the Board of the University of the District of Columbia and Rosemont College. She served as president of the Hispanic National Bar Association; the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia; and is a member of the District of Columbia Judicial Nominations Commission.

In 2005, she was also elected to the Board of Directors of Oriental Financial Group (NYSE-OFG). In 1979, as a White House Fellow, Ms. Aponte was Special Assistant to the United States Housing and Urban Development Secretary Moon Landrieu. Ms. Aponte has a B.A. in Political Science from Rosemont College, a M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University, and a J.D. from Temple University.

Ms. Aponte’s nomination has to be ratified by the US Senate. This ratification process may include appearances before the Foreign Relations Committee and any other subcommittee at the Senate. The process may take months.