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SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

CANDIDATE: Candace Bond

Candace Bond currently serves as the President and CEO of AESA Inc., a Los Angeles-based company offering business advisory services in real estate and community development with an emphasis on environmental stability, governance, education, and health equity. As a committed social entrepreneur and corporate strategist, she has engaged in both the public and private sectors to drive community development and have a meaningful and sustainable social impact. Presently, she serves as a Board Member of California Head Start, is the Chair-Elect of the Board of the Greater LA Education Foundation, and Chair of the MLK Health and Wellness Community Development Corporation. She is a founding member of BioscienceLA, LA County’s Innovation and Catalyst Entrepreneurial Hub to accelerate growth and development of LA County’s bioscience industry. She also served on the Board of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the nation’s largest regional education agency.

Earlier in her career she was the President and CEO of Infusion Media Partners and VP and General Manager of Essence Entertainment. She is Chair of the Malibu Foundation and Board Member of Women Founders Network, and member of the Southern California Edison Clean Energy Access Working Group. She also serves on the California State Treasurer’s Housing, Economic Development, Jobs and Opportunity Zone Ad Hoc Committee. Her wide-ranging business background, her commitment to effecting meaningful and sustained social change, and her experience in addressing issues of health, housing, education and workforce development, make her a well-qualified candidate for Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago.

Ms. Bond graduated cum laude with her B.A. from Harvard University and her MBA from Harvard University Business School and is the recipient of a number of leadership and service awards.

U.S. Department of State

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