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President Obama Nominates Latino Ambassadors to Mexico, Argentina and the Vatican

The President has nominated Mr. Carlos Pascual to be the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Presently, Pascual is Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC where he oversees applied research programs on Latin America, China, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. During his Foreign Service career, Pascual served as the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization at the State Department, as Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, and as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 2000-2003. Pascual also formerly served as a special assistant to President Clinton, Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia at the National Security Council, Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID for Europe and Eurasia, and served with USAID in Sudan, South Africa and Mozambique. He received an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. from Stanford University.

The President has nominated Ms. Vilma S. Martinez to be the U.S. Ambassador to Argentina. Ms. Martinez has been a Partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson since 1982. Currently, her practice focuses on providing advice to companies enhancing their equal employment opportunity policies and building diversity and inclusion initiatives into their business plans. Martinez served as President and General Counsel of MALDEF for nine years. Previously, she was a litigation associate at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel in New York and a staff attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She was Chair of the University of California Board of Regents, Chair of the Pacific Council’s Study Group on Mexico, and served on the advisory boards of Columbia Law School and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California. Ms. Martinez holds a B.A. from the University of Texas and a LL.B. from Columbia Law School.

The President has nominated Dr. Miguel H. Díaz to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. Díaz is a Professor of Theology at St. John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, co-editor of the book “From the Heart of Our People: Explorations in Catholic Systematic Theology” and author of “On Being Human: U.S. Hispanic and Rahnerian Perspectives”, named “Best Book of the Year” by the Hispanic Theological Initiative at Princeton Theological Seminary. He taught Religious Studies and Theology at Barry University, the University of Dayton and the University of Notre Dame. From 2001 to 2003 he taught and served as Academic Dean at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. Dr. Diaz is a Board Member of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) and Past President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS). He holds a B.A. from St. Thomas University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.

 


 

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