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Saluting Hispanic Heritage Month: Jeffery Salaiz

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Washington, DC
September 22, 2008

Saluting Hispanic Heritage History Month: Jeffery SalaizJeffery A. Salaiz is a political officer serving in his final year of a three-year out-of-cone assignment as the Public Affairs Officer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  Over the past year, Jeffery has provided support to the U.S. Secretaries of Health & Human Services, Treasury, State, and the Interior. By far the greatest support, and most significant accomplishment, was providing public affairs guidance in the months leading up to and throughout the February 2008 four-day visit of President Bush and the First Lady to Tanzania. 

Every day, Jeffery carries out Secretary Rice’s vision of transformational diplomacy through a comprehensive strategy of visiting students in their high schools and universities to discuss U.S. foreign policy, reaching out to the Muslim community, and appearing frequently on television and radio to underscore the positive contributions the U.S. has made to Tanzania.  By capitalizing on high-level visits to bring attention to PEPFAR, the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and PMI, the President’s Malaria Initiative, and the Millennium Challenge Compact, all which have multi-million dollar budgets in Tanzania, Jeffery has helped improve the image of the United States in Tanzania. The most recent Pew Research poll (and a separate INR poll) indicated that positive views of the United States rose sharply in Tanzania by 19 percent in the past twelve months.

Jeffery joined the State Department as a Woodrow Wilson Foreign Affairs Fellow in 1994 and became an FSO in July 1998. He has previously served in Haiti, Costa Rica, Swaziland, Mexico and Washington, D.C.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Jeffery graduated from the Honors Program at St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 1996 and received an M.A. in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in 1998.

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Released on September 29, 2008

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