Shakira! Education Advisor to President Barak Obama

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
October 05, 2011

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • Nancy Navarro – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • Adrián A. Pedroza – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • Kent P. Scribner  – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

President Obama said, “I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country.  I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer, and dancer.  In addition to her career in music, Ms. Mebarak Ripoll has been involved in a number of global educational efforts.  She founded the Barefoot Foundation in 1995, which operates schools and educational projects in Colombia, South Africa, and Haiti, feeding and educating approximately 6,000 children.  In 2010, she collaborated with the World Bank and the Barefoot Foundation to establish an initiative that distributes educational and developmental programs for children across Latin America.  In 2008, Ms. Mebarak Ripoll served as the Honorary Chair of the Global Campaign for Education’s Global Action Week.  In 2005, she became a founding member of Latin America in Solidarity Action, a coalition of artists and business leaders seeking to promote integrated early childhood public policies.  Ms. Mebarak Ripoll became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund in 2003, where she promotes the expansion and improvement of comprehensive early childhood care and education across the world.

Source: WhiteHouse.gov

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