Mari Carmen Aponte '75 was confirmed as Ambassador
to El Salvador on June 14, 2012. Ambassador Aponte had been serving
in the role under a recess appointment since August 19, 2011.
President Obama originally nominated her to the post in December
Before assuming the position of U.S. Ambassador to El
Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte worked as an attorney and consultant
with Aponte Consulting, and served on the Board of Directors of
Oriental Financial Group. From 2001-2004, Ms. Aponte was the
Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs
Prior to that, she practiced law in Washington D.C. for
nearly twenty years. Ms. 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, and the University of the
District of Columbia. She was a member of the Board of
Rosemont College, and served 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, Ms.
Aponte was Special Assistant to United States Housing and Urban
Development Secretary Moon Landrieu. Ms. 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.