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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release December 22, 2000
        PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ANITA PEREZ FERGUSON AS CHAIR OF
                     THE INTER-AMERICAN FOUNDATION

      President Clinton today announced the recess appointment of Anita

Perez Ferguson to serve as Chair of the Inter-American Foundation. Ms. Ferguson was nominated to the United States Senate on October 5, 2000.

Ms. Anita Perez Ferguson, of Santa Barbara, California, served as White House Liaison to the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Director of Training at the Democratic National Committee. In 1995, Ms. Perez Ferguson was elected as the first Hispanic head of the National Women's Caucus. In 1991, she served as Planning Commissioner of the City of Santa Barbara. From 1986 to 1989 she was the Affirmative Action Commissioner for Santa Barbara County. Ms. Perez Ferguson is a Visiting Scholar for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and has led numerous seminars in Latin America on the topics of leadership development and participatory democracy.

Ms. Perez Ferguson received a B.A. in Communications from Westmont College, CA, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Clara, CA, and a M.A. in Management from the University of Redlands, CA.

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is an independent agency established in 1969 to cooperate with private, regional and international organizations in order to strengthen the bonds of friendship and understanding among people of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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