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Harriet C. Babbitt is the Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States. An accomplished attorney with a distinguished background in private and public service, she brings to this important diplomatic post a wealth of international experience, particularly in human rights and democratic transitions.

From 1988 until 1993, Babbitt, 47, served as a director of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), an independent organization affiliated with the Democratic Party that promotes the establishment and growth of democratic institutions internationally. As chair of NDI's Latin American and Caribbean Committee, she earned a reputation as a widely-respected electoral expert, observer and facilitator. A fluent Spanish speaker, Ambassador Babbitt participated in democratic initiatives in Chile, Guatemala, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Paraguay, as well as in Central Europe and Angola.

Ambassador Babbitt was an attorney with Robbins & Green and held a number of legal and financial posts in Arizona. She was a director of Citibank (Arizona) and a member of the Board of Advisors of U.S. West Telephone Company.

In her capacity as Permanent Representative to the OAS, Ambassador Babbitt has chaired a number of key OAS bodies. In 1993-94, she chaired the OAS committee that monitored compliance of the embargo against the military regime in Haiti. For the first three months of 1994, she was chair of the OAS Permanent Council. She is currently chair of a committee that coordinates the organization's implementation of initiatives endorsed by hemispheric leaders at the Summit of the Americas, held in Miami in December 1994.

Ambassador Babbitt is married to Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt. They have two sons, Christopher, 19, and T.J., 17.

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