Mr. José R. Cárdenas has nearly thirty years of experience in the Washington political
process and inter-American relations. He has served in senior positions in the U.S.
Department of State, the National Security Council, and the U.S. Agency for
International Development, where he served as Acting Assistant Administrator for Latin
America and the Caribbean and oversaw nearly $1 billion in U.S. development
assistance to the region. He has served as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary General of
the Organization of American States and as a Senior Professional Staff Member of U.S.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
He has written and spoken widely on hemispheric issues and has been a strong
advocate of open political and economic systems, including free trade and foreign
investment as catalysts to rapid economic growth and the consolidation of democratic
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