Fernandez ’77 sworn in at State Dept.
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Jose Fernandez '77 was sworn in as the assistant secretary of state for economic, energy, and business affairs on Dec. 1.
Fernandez, who until recently served as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, is responsible for leading the bureau that oversees areas including international finance-related policies, economic sanctions, financing of combat against terrorists, international trade and investment policy, support for U.S. businesses abroad, as well as international energy security, telecommunications and transportation policy.
Fernandez was nominated for the position by President Barack Obama on Aug. 6. He was confirmed by the Senate on Nov. 20.
"I am grateful for the confidence shown in me by the president and Secretary Clinton, and if confirmed, you have my word that I will work tirelessly to advance our country's international economic objectives to secure greater prosperity and opportunity for the American people," Fernandez said to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations after being nominated.
Fernandez was previously a partner at Latham & Watkins, the New York law firm, where he served as the global chair of the firm's Latin America practice.
Fernandez grew up in a small town in Cuba, and moved with his family to New Jersey, where his mother worked as a seamstress in a local factory following the Cuban Revolution, according to a College press release. He entered Dartmouth in 1973 and graduated as a history major. He later received a law degree from Columbia University.
Fernandez's daughter, Sarah, was recently accepted to Dartmouth as a member of the Class of 2014, according to the release.