Past Presidents: Hon. Mari Carmen Aponte (1982)

Mari Carmen Aponte was the United States Ambassador to El Salvador. Before assuming leadership of the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador in 2010, Ambassador Aponte worked as an attorney and consultant at a consulting firm in Washington D.C., and served on the Board of Directors of Oriental Financial Group. From 2001-2004, Ambassador Aponte was the Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA).

 

Prior to her tenure as Executive Director of the PRFAA, Ambassador Aponte practiced law in Washington D.C. for nearly twenty years. Ambassador Aponte has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the University of the District of Columbia, and Rosemont College.  Ambassador Aponte as president of the Hispanic National Bar Association; the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia; and as a member of the District of Columbia Judicial Nominations Commission. In 1979, as a White House Fellow, Ambassador Aponte was Special Assistant to United States Housing and Urban Development Secretary Moon Landrieu. Ambassador Aponte has a B.A. in Political Science from Rosemont College, an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University, and a J.D. from Temple University.

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