President Biden announced his intent to nominate Fransisco O. Mora to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Organization of American States. The WH released the following brief bio:
Francisco O. Mora, Nominee for Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the Organization of American States, with the rank of Ambassador
Francisco O. Mora is a Professor of Politics and International Relations, and Senior Researcher, at the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University (FIU). Earlier, he was Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU’s Green School of International and Public Affairs. Mora served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for the Western Hemisphere. He held several teaching positions, including Professor of National Security Strategy and Latin American Studies at the National War College at the National Defense University, and Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of International Studies at Rhodes College. He is the author of four books and numerous articles and other publications. Mora earned a B.A. in International Affairs at The George Washington University. He received his M.A. in Inter-American Studies and a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the University of Miami. He also completed studies at universities in Peru and Costa Rica. He is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, Department of Defense. Mora is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks Portuguese.
If confirmed, Dr. Mora would succeed Florida state representative Carlos Trujillo who served in that post from April 5, 2018 – January 19, 2021.
A widely respected academic who has the added benefit of being a highly competent and effective policymaker, @FrankMora_FIU’s nomination underscores the Biden administration’s commitment to Pan-Americanism. https://t.co/3GP2aAxuR6
— Juan S. Gonzalez (@Cartajuanero) July 29, 2021
.@FIU professor Francisco Mora tapped as US ambassador to Organization of American States https://t.co/kzdEV07m6h
— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) July 29, 2021
.@marcorubio called Frank Mora’s nomination “a slap in the face to the Cubans demanding freedom” https://t.co/6YjboGY4AN
— Alex Daugherty (@alextdaugherty) July 29, 2021