On September 14 President Obama announced his intent to nominate Carmen Lomellin for Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the Organization of American States, with the rank of Ambassador. Official bio released by the WH is below:
Ms. Lomellin is currently the Director of Outreach for the Organization of America States (OAS). She previously served as the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women within the OAS, where she focused on hemispheric policies and issues affecting women, particularly in the areas of gender equality, economic empowerment and human rights.
Prior to her time at the OAS, she served as White House Liaison and Senior Policy Advisor to the Director at the Office of Personnel Management in the Clinton Administration. Ms. Lomellin also worked in Presidential Personnel at the White House and as Adviser on Hispanic Affairs for the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. Prior to her time in Washington, Ms. Lomellin held various positions in Chicago, including serving as Director of the Private Industry Council of Chicago for Mayor Richard M. Daley. She has worked for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund as Director of Leadership Development, and for Chicago United, a civic think tank, as Director of Economic Development.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from St. Joseph’s Calumet College and a Masters in Business Administration in International Business from De Paul University.
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Ms. Lomellin is a former appointee in the Clinton Administration and is a veteran of numerous political campaigns at the local, state and national levels. If confirmed, she would replace Hector E. Morales of Texas who was appointed US Permanent Representative to the OAS in 2008 during George W. Bush’s second term.