I am honored for the opportunity to serve as NACOPRW’s National President for 2014. At our retreat last fall in Washington, D.C., members from across all chapters had an opportunity to come together to reflect on NACOPRW’s past accomplishments, as well as our strengths and opportunities. We developed focus areas and strategies to position NACOPRW for greater growth and success.
This year, as we continue to fulfill the mission of NACOPRW, we will also focus on organization and chapter development. We will continue to work with our partners such as the National Women's History Museum, Aspira, Vision 2020, and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda as well as create additional alliances consistent with our mission.
I am very excited about our opportunities for the future and I look forward to working with our National board and all our members.
I invite you to visit our website and see the great work we do nationally. Please visit the website of our local chapters to learn about their community activities and events and consider becoming a member.
The 2014 NACOPRW National Convention is October 31 to November 2, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. Please save the date.
NHLA Presidential Appointments Project
On May 26, 2009, in the East Room of the White House, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden officially welcomed then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nominee to become the next Justice of the Supreme Court -- making her the first Latina to serve on the highest court in the nation. Click the photo to view more White House photos of Justice Sotomayor's confirmation journey. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
BACKGROUND - Nominations and Appointment Process Background
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda is leading a community-wide effort to identify strong candidates to serve the President of the United States.
NHLA’s Presidential Appointments Project serves as the talent bank for Latino professionals seeking appointed positions in the next presidential administration. If you’ve ever considered working for the federal government, now is the time to apply for an appointment to the Obama Administration and help to bring about positive change for our country.
While Barack Obama lays out the agenda to move the country forward, his staff plays a key role in actually undertaking the hard work of implementation. Appointed officials have the power to set or influence the policies of the many federal departments and administrative agencies that make up the executive branch of government.
NHLA's Project will ensure that qualified, committed and talented members of the Latino community have the support they need to pursue important appointed positions. NACOPRW supports the NHLA Presidential Appointments Project.
Ambassador Aponte had the Support of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.
Countless local and national Latino organizations around the country, including the Hispanic Congressional Caucus, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and NACOPRW worked tirelessly over the past several months to get Ms. Mari Carmen Aponte confirmed as Ambassador of El Salvador. President Obama supported her and the White House staff worked diligently to secure every vote possible. Secretary Clinton personally called Senators to advocate for Ms. Aponte’s nomination. Also NACOPRW commends Senator Menendez for supporting Ms. Aponte from the start and for his noteworthy leadership on this issue.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the following: “… Ambassador Aponte was an exemplary nominee of whom all Americans can feel proud, and I am glad she has been given the opportunity to continue to serve her nation as an excellent ambassador...” During her recess appointment, Ambassador Aponte was an outspoken advocate for American values and democracy and a staunch supporter of U.S. private enterprise. She reached an agreement with the Salvadorian government to open a new, jointly-funded electronic monitoring center to fight transnational crime.
Born in Puerto Rico, Mrs. Aponte went to school on the United States mainland but never severed her roots to Puerto Rico. She obtained a B.A. in Political Science from Rosemont College and went on to earn her Juris Doctor at Temple University. She is known for her legal experience and accomplishments in the private, public and non-for-profit sector and for dedicating countless hours to advocating on behalf of those in need.