WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S.-Mexico Foundation (USMF) commends President Barack H. Obama for the nomination of Maria Echaveste as United States Ambassador to Mexico. A highly qualified leader, Ms. Echaveste has a distinguished career in public service and private practice, in addition to a high degree of familiarity with Mexico and the broad portfolio of social and economic issues that make the U.S.-Mexico relationship such an important one for both countries.
“This nomination represents a well-deserved capstone in a professional and personal history working to support a more equitable and informed bi-national relationship. Within the Foundation, Ms. Echaveste was one of the founders and drivers of the Mexican American Leadership Initiative (MALI), created to provide Americans of Mexican heritage a mechanism through which to act as a bridge of understanding between U.S. society and Mexico through business and civil society partnerships. Through Maria’s work with the USMF, she has supported the creation of friendships and ties between both countries with a sense of shared responsibility and high level of commitment,” stated Rebeca Vargas, USMF President and CEO.
“Maria has been a tireless advocate and helped remove obstacles, not only to improve diplomatic, cultural and social ties between the U.S. and Mexico, she has also been an able supporter of improved commercial and economic ties. Given Maria’s experience and passion on these issues, I am confident that as Ambassador she will continue to make a positive impact on all fronts – the humanitarian issues that comprise part of the relationship as well as those related to the economic competitiveness of the region,” said Jose Antonio Fernandez Carbajal, USMF Chairman Emeritus and President of Grupo FEMSA.
“This is an inspired nomination. Maria is an example of the American Dream, born to immigrant parents who worked in the fields, she embodies the principles of seizing opportunity through hard work and determination, eventually becoming the first Latina to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff to a U.S. President and now breaking ground not only as the first Latina, but first woman ever nominated as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico,” said Roger Wallace, USMF Trustee and Vice President for Federal Policy, Pioneer Natural Resources Company.
“Maria has a deep understanding of the many intricacies within the array of issues that make up the U.S.-Mexico relationship. The U.S.-Mexico Foundation is immensely pleased with President Obama’s choice for this position and we trust that the U.S. Senate will proceed with a speedy confirmation process,” said Raúl Rodríguez, USMF Chairman of the Board and a former CEO of the North American Development Bank (NADBANK).
About the U.S.-Mexico Foundation
The USMF is dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of Mexico through effective and transformational philanthropic investments and binational partnerships. The USMF acts as a bridge for greater binational understanding and cooperation, while contributing to improve the quality of life and social equity in Mexico. The U.S.-Mexico Foundation (USMF) also seeks to benefit both the United States and Mexico by raising awareness about Mexico in the US, as well as the importance of the bi-national relationship.