NAFSA Announces Support for Newly Nominated U.S. Ambassador to Cuba


Statement by Marlene M. Johnson, Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators


Rebecca Morgan, 202.737.3699 x4449,

WASHINGTON, September 28, 2016–On Tuesday, President Obama nominated the first United States ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years. The following is a statement from Marlene M. Johnson, executive director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators:

“NAFSA strongly supports the nomination of Jeffrey DeLaurentis as the first U.S. Ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years. NAFSA members believe that international education—connecting students, scholars, educators and citizens across borders—is a critical tool for mutual understanding and creating a more secure and peaceful world. Fostering diplomatic ties through the appointment of an ambassador would build upon the educational foundation our members have already begun to build in Cuba.

“A vote to confirm DeLaurentis as Ambassador to Cuba will demonstrate our nation’s willingness to continue to engage with our Cuban neighbors in a mutually beneficial and productive manner.”