HNBA Commends Confirmation of Michael Camuñez and Francisco J. Sanchez

September 17, 2010

Washington, DC–The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) applauds the confirmation of Michael Camuñez to be the next Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access & Compliance, and the full-Senate confirmation of Francisco J. Sanchez as Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. Both were unanimously confirmed on September 16, 2010.

Diana Sen, HNBA National President, noted that “The HNBA is proud to have supported Mr. Camuñez’s nomination. Not only is he incredibly qualified to serve in this position, but also he has been an invaluable ally to the HNBA and other community organizations in ensuring that the Obama Administration reflects the diversity of our nation.”

Immediately prior to his confirmation, Mr. Camuñez worked as Special Counsel to the President, Office of the White House Counsel. He joined the White House in January 2009 as Special Assistant to the President in the Office of Presidential Personnel. In that capacity, he collaborated with the HNBA and other organizations to help bring experienced, diverse attorneys into the Administration at all levels of the Executive Branch. Before joining the White House staff, Mr. Camuñez was a partner in the litigation group of O’Melveny and Myers LLP in Los Angeles, California and was a founding member of the firm’s Diversity Task Force. He transitioned to the private sector after serving as Senior Policy Advisor for National Service from 1993 to 1995, and helping to launch AmeriCorps, President Clinton’s signature service initiative. The first in his family to attend college, Mr. Camuñez is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School.

Francisco Sanchez also has a distinguished career in public service and economic development. Originally from Tampa, Florida, in 1999, Mr. Sánchez served as special assistant to President Clinton working in the White House Office of the Special Envoy for the Americas. Mr. Sanchez worked with the National Security Council, the State Department and the U.S. Trade Representative. President Clinton later appointed him Assistant Secretary of Transportation, where he developed aviation policy and oversaw international negotiations. Prior to his public sector work, Sánchez practiced corporate and administrative law with Steel Hector and Davis in Miami. Before practicing law, he served in the administration of Governor Bob Graham, as the first director of the Florida’s Caribbean Basin Initiative Program. “His breadth and depth of experience working with businesses and governments in Latin America and other regions will serve our country well. The HNBA commends the U.S. Senate for taking the long-awaited vote confirming Mr. Sanchez as Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade,” said Diana Sen.