Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte trained as a lawyer and practiced law for approximately 30 years before becoming a non-career Ambassador during the Obama Administration and then Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. At the turn of this century, she was the Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), the national mainland office of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Ms. Aponte has served as member of the Board of Directors of influential Hispanic organizations such as Unidos US, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the first woman to preside the Hispanic National Bar Association, and served on the board of a publicly traded corporation: Oriental Financial Group (NYSE-OFG). She has been a member of the Board of the University of the District of Columbia, as well as Rosemont College (PA). Presently, she is a member of the Board of Visitors of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. She has received honorary degrees from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law and Temple University in Philadelphia.
Ms. Aponte arrived in Washington, DC in 1979 as a White House Fellow, where she served as Special Assistant to United States Housing and Urban Secretary Moon Landrieu.
Ms. Aponte has a Bachelor’s degree from Rosemont College, a Master’s in Theatre from Villanova University, and a JD from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.Back to speakers