GOVERNOR NAMES NEW ADVISER FOR MEXICO, LATIN AMERICAN AFFAIRS
Arizona-Mexico Commission Executive Director Fills Position
Governor Janet Napolitano has announced Marco A. Lopez, Jr. as her policy adviser for Mexico and Latin American Affairs. Lopez will also continue his role as executive director of the Governor's Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC).
"This policy adviser position requires close communication with not only Mexican and Latin American governments, but also business and governments in the United States that work with Mexico and Latin America," said Napolitano. "Marco has the ability to keep the lines of communication open and continue moving the relationship forward."
In 2000, Lopez became Arizona's youngest mayor, when he was elected as mayor of the City of Nogales, Ariz. He served in this position for three years, until the Governor appointed Lopez to the executive director of the AMC. Lopez is active in Arizona's Hispanic community and serves on the board of directors of the Border Trade Alliance.
Under Napolitano's leadership, Lopez will strengthen Arizona's public and private relationships with Mexico, specifically the state of Sonora. He is also charged with expanding Arizona's presence in Latin America and working with the U.S. government for funding Arizona's ports of entry.