Retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she studied Political Science and Economics at Trinity College (now Trinity University) in Washington, DC, and received a Masters in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) also in DC. Prior to retirement, she studied Non-Profit Management at George Mason University. After retirement, went back to the University of Virginia for a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning and a certificate in Historic Preservation.
She retired from the Federal Government after 28 years of service in the field of international relations. As a Foreign Service Officer, her overseas posts included Brazil (three tours) and Peru. At home, she worked on Soviet, South American, and environmental affairs. After retirement, she worked at various non-profit organizations dedicated to music, historic preservation and Brazilian affairs. Currently, she does volunteer work with the elderly and as docent in a state park in Virginia. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, gardening, music, and hiking.