REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Dominican Republic
CANDIDATE: Robin S. Bernstein
Robin S. Bernstein has served as President and Director of Richard S. Bernstein and Associates, Inc. and Vice President and Director of Rizbur, Inc., both of West Palm Beach, Florida, since 2004 and 2002, respectively. Her four decades of experience in business, government, and the non-profit community have demonstrated proven, dedicated and successful leadership and management. She is highly skilled at crafting and executing business plans, shaping strategic directions, selecting, motivating, working with and leading local and national teams, communicating with the media and formulating creative solutions to new and, at times, complex or contentious situations. Her wide variety of contacts in an array of business, political and non-profit sectors have enabled her to find solutions for many issues.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Bernstein has developed extensive experience as an entrepreneur, business consultant, insurance broker, real estate broker and registered representative of numerous companies. She was invited to accompany Florida Governor Jeb Bush on his international trade mission to Israel in 1999. She was Administrative Assistant to a County Commissioner of the Palm Beach County Commission, West Palm Beach, Florida and Executive Secretary to the Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Ms. Bernstein has worked as a campaign manager for Federal election campaigns and as a member of a Presidential transition team. She has shown a demonstrated commitment to the non-profit sector and has served on many boards and councils. Currently, she is the Co-Founder of Palm Beach County Cares, a Florida relief effort for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands.
Ms. Bernstein earned a B.A. from American University, School of International Service in Language Area Studies and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. She received the Women in Leadership Award from the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. Ms. Bernstein speaks French and basic Spanish.