President Obama names more key Latinos to Administration positions
- Rafael Anchía, Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
- Carmen Lucca Nazario, United States Representative, Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
- Rosemary Márquez: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona
- Sarah Ruth Saldaña: Nominee for United States Attorney, Northern District of Texas
Rafael Anchía, Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
Rafael Anchía is the representative for House District 103 in the Texas House of Representatives, which covers the western section of Dallas County. He is also a partner with the international law firm of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Representative Anchía serves as Vice Chair of the Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee and the Sunset Advisory Commission. He began his career in public service as an elected member of the Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees, the nation's 12th largest school district. Representative Anchía is the Immediate Past Chairman of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Spain-Texas Chamber of Commerce. He is a recent recipient of the OhtliAward, the highest acknowledgment that the Government of Mexico bestows upon individuals living outside Mexico who have contributed to the empowerment of Mexican or Mexican-American communities in the United States. He has served as an adjunct professor on NAFTA and trade policy at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Texas Tech University Law School, and the University of Texas at Dallas. Representative Anchia received his B.A. from Southern Methodist University and his J.D. from Tulane University School of Law.
Carmen Lucca Nazario, United States Representative, Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Carmen Lucca Nazario is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. Previously, she served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, first as Senior Advisor to the Secretary and later as Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. Ms. Nazario’s previous government service also includes Administrator of the Puerto Rico Administration for Children and Families from 2003 to 2008, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Secretary of Health and Social Services for the State of Delaware from 1993 to 1997. Ms. Nazario is currently a member of the American Public Human Services Associations and the Puerto Rico College of Social Workers. She holds a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico and an M.S.W. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Rosemary Márquez, Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Rosemary Márquez has been engaged in the private practice of law in Tucson, Arizona, since 2000, focusing her practice on federal criminal defense. Previously, she served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender from 1996 to 2000, representing indigent defendants in federal district court and on appeal before the Ninth Circuit. For two years beginning in 1994, Márquez served as a public defender for the Pima County Office of the Legal Defender. Márquez began her legal practice as a Deputy County Attorney in the Pima County Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted a variety of matters, including domestic violence cases. Márquez received both her B.A. in 1990 and her J.D. in 1993 from the University of Arizona.
Sarah Ruth Saldaña: Nominee for United States Attorney, Northern District of Texas:President Obama nominated Sarah Ruth Saldaña to serve as United States Attorney. As a distinguished public servant, Saldaña served as the Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas since 2004, serving as Deputy Criminal Chief for Fraud and Public Corruption since 2009. Ms. Saldaña was an attorney for Baker Botts, L.L.P, from 1987 to 1998, and Haynes Boone, from 1985 to 1987. Following law school, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas, from 1984 to 1985. Ms. Saldaña graduated from Texas A&M University in 1973 and from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1984.
President Obama Nominates Additional Commissioners for the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence in Education for Hispanics
Today, President Obama named four additional commissioners to the President’s Advisory Commission for Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
- Denis J. Cruz – Member, President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
- Dr. Millie García – Member, President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
- Monica R. Martinez – Member, President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
- Veronica E. Melvin – Member, President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
The President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics held its inaugural meeting in Washington, D.C. on May 26-27, 2011. The two-day event brought together a quorum of well-respected individuals from the education, philanthropic, business, nonprofit and high-tech sectors; they also represent various Latino subgroups and regions of the U.S. The goal of these meetings was to provide a platform for the Commission to think through the many ways in which it can meet the duties under its charter and work in tandem with the White House Initiative to create a strategy that is bold and innovative and that enables the U.S. to meet the President’s 2020 Goal of having the most graduates in the world. Through its work, the Commission will provide advice to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The meeting was open to the public, and many more watched the proceedings via live webcast.