US Ambassador-designate Candace Bond, centre, arrives at Piarco International Airport, with daughter Maddox McKeever, and is greeted by US Deputy Chief of Mission Shante Moore
US AMBASSADOR-designate to Trinidad and Tobago Candace Bond and her family arrived in Port of Spain on Thursday.
She officially assume duties after the presentation of her Letters of Credence to President Paula-Mae Weekes, a release from the US Embassy in Port of Spain stated.
Bond said, “It is a great honour to be in beautiful T&T with my family. I look forward to presenting my credentials to President Weekes and meeting and working with the wonderful people of this country.”
President Joe Biden nominated Candace Bond as US Ambassador to T&T on March 18, 2022, and the Senate confirmed her appointment on September 29 and Vice President Kamala Harris administered the oath of office on November 14 at the Vice President’s residence in Washington, DC.
The release stated that Bond leads US foreign policy goals in Trinidad and Tobago that strengthen citizen security, advance sustainable and equitable economic growth with an investor-friendly business climate, promote laws, regulations, and best practices focused on good governance and anti-corruption and build capacity to enhance climate resiliency and a transition towards clean and renewable energy production.”
Bond was a business owner, consultant, and social entrepreneur who specialised in helping public and private sector entities to develop innovative, effective, and scalable solutions to address the socioeconomic and environmental needs of local communities.
The release stated, “She advised businesses and nonprofits on tangible ways to promote environmental sustainability, community development, affordable housing, quality education, health equity, and corporate governance.
“She had a distinguished career as a senior executive of major media and entertainment companies and also served on several boards and in leadership positions pertaining to public education, health and wellness, housing, economic development, entrepreneurship, bioscience, and clean energy and energy sustainability.”
Bond is a native of Missouri and holds a bachelor’s degree in Government with honors from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
She is married to entertainment executive Steven McKeever and they have two children Brent and Maddox.