President Obama Announces Nomination of Raul H. Yzaguirre, Sr., to Become U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic

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.