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Obama Names New Ambassador To Trinidad & Tobago

CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Nov. 17, 2009: A John Jay College of Criminal Justice alumnus has been nominated by President Obama as the new U.S. ambassador to the twin island of Trinidad and Tobago.

Beatrice Wilkinson Welters, who founded and chairs the AnBryce Foundation and the Vincent Wilkinson Foundation, which provides long-term academic and leadership enrichment programs for underserved youth, was named to the post Monday. Welters now faces confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Welters donated $4,600 to the Obama campaign in 2007 and 2008, according to finance records but both her and her husband have donated to both parties in recent years.

She founded the AnBryce Foundation in 1995 and also served as a trustee to the D.C.-based Brookings Institute, the Aspen Institute, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Jesuit Academy, and the Maret School.

Welters earned her undergraduate degree from Manhattanville College and her graduate degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She recently received an Honorary Doctorate from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

She also worked at IBM from 1977 to 1991, where she held several roles, including systems engineer. Welters was also a past Presidential Appointee to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts serving on its Executive Committee. She continues to serve on the Library of Congress Madison Council.

Welters and her husband, Anthony, reside in McLean, Virginia, with their sons, Bryant, age 19, a college student at Notre Dame, and Andrew, age 17, a senior at the Maret School.