Officially In: Raul H. Yzaguirre, Sr. to Santo Domingo

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On November 30, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Raul H. Yzaguirre, Sr., to be Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The WH released the following official bio:

Raul H. Yzaguirre, Sr. is currently a Presidential Professor of Practice and Executive Director of the Center for Community Development and Civil Rights at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona. From 1974 to 2005, Mr. Yzaguirre served as President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Prior to that, he served as Vice President at the Center for Community Change in Washington D.C. From 1969 to 1973, he founded two sister management consulting organizations: Interstate Research Associates and InterAmerica Research Associates.

Mr. Yzaguirre served as a Senior Program Analyst in the U.S. Office for Economic Opportunity (OEO) and as a special advisor to the Director of OEO, Sargent Shriver, from 1966 to 1969. He has also been appointed to the President’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Mr. Yzaguirre monitored several presidential elections in Latin America as a board member of the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Mr. Yzaguirre also served in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps for four years.

He has a B.S. from George Washington University, was an Institute of Politics Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and studied at La Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla, Mexico.

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Mr. Yzaguirre was not an Obama bundler but he was an early Hillary endorser. He was also Campaign Co-Chair and Chair of Hispanic Outreach efforts for her presidential campaign. If confirmed, he would replace lawyer and businessman, P. Robert Fannin of Arizona who served as US Ambassador in Santo Domingo from November 2007 to January 2009.

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