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
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.