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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 28, 1998
                           PRESIDENT CLINTON 
                        NAMES MARI CARMEN APONTE 

The President today announced his intent to nominate Mari Carmen Aponte to be U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

Ms. Mari Carmen Aponte, of Washington, D.C., is a lawyer and business consultant in the District, and is bilingual in Spanish and English. From 1976 to 1979, Ms. Aponte opened her general law practice and was Associate Counsel for Blue Cross of Greater Philadelphia. In 1979, she was selected to the White House Fellowship program, where she served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. From 1981 to 1994, Ms. Aponte practiced law in Washington, D.C. Since 1996, Ms. Aponte has owned and managed her own consulting firm and law practice. Ms. Aponte is active in a variety of national civic and leadership organizations. She was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations, appointed by the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar to serve on the Columbia Judicial Nominations Commission, is President of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic National Bar Fund, and is Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Hispanic Elderly.

Born on October 22, 1946, in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Ms. Aponte graduated from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania with a B.A. in political science in 1968. In 1970, she received a Masters from Villanova University. In 1976, she received a JD from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia.