Officially In: Nicole A. Avant to the Bahamas

Map of the Bahamas show NassauImage via Wikipedia

On June 4th, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Nicole A. Avant to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Official bio released by the WH below:

Ms. Avant serves as Vice President of Interior Music and Avant Garde Music Publishing. A business woman, philanthropist and activist, she has been recognized for her tireless efforts to mobilize the younger generation towards greater charitable and political involvement. She has worked as an academic counselor at The Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a USC mentorship program for high school students.

Ms. Avant serves as a board member for the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program, the Center for American Progress and Best Buddies, and was named one of the American Cancer Society Next Generation Leaders in 2007.

* * * of the Center for Responsible Politics has named Nicole Avant one of President Obama’s bundlers who raised a minimum of $500,000 (bundlers are people with friends in high places who, after bumping against personal contribution limits, turn to those friends, associates, and, well, anyone who’s willing to give, and deliver the checks to the candidate in one big “bundle.”)

If confirmed, Ms. Avant would replace Bush Ranger, Ned Siegel, who was appointed the 12th US Ambassador to the Commonwealth during President Bush’s second term.

Update: 6/18/09: A reader wrote to say this was not a photo of the US Embassy in Nassau. (?) This was from an OIG Report Highlights a few years back. An OBO presentation I found online for the AGC FedCon did not list NEC Nassau until the FY18 Capital Security Program, so they must still be in their old building. Please feel free to add a comment if you have some additional info.

Update 8/12/09: A second reader wrote about that US Embassy Nassau photo, so I’ve deleted that.

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