United States Ambassador Candace A. Bond Takes Up Her Post in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Pictured Above: United States Vice President Kamala Harris Swears in Ambassador Candace A. Bond on November 15, 2022. Ambassador Bond's husband Mr. Steven Brent McKeever hold the bible as she takes her oath as her daughter, Ms. Maddox Bond McKeever proudly looks on.
United States Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Candace A. Bond and her family arrived in Port of Spain on December 1. Ambassador Bond, on December 8, 2022, presented her credentials to Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes ORTT, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, at The President's House. After an almost 2-year hiatus, the United States of America once again has an Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago. Ambassador Bond was accompanied by her husband Mr. Steven Brent McKeever and her daughter, Ms. Maddox Bond McKeever.
The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas welcomes and congratulates Ambassador Bond on her appointed to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. People of Caribbean descent represents up to 10 percent of the population of the Greater Houston Area. There are over nineteen Caribbean cultural organizations, seven Caribbean consulates, with the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Texas playing a vital and active role the Caribbean Diaspora.
President Joe Biden nominated Candace Bond as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on March 18, 2022. The United States Senate confirmed her appointment on September 29, 2022 and Vice President Kamala Harris administered the oath of office on November 14, 2022 at Vice President Kamala Harris' residence in Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Bond leads U.S. 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.
Prior to her posting in Trinidad and Tobago, Ambassador Bond was a business owner, consultant, and social entrepreneur who specialized in helping public and private sector entities to develop innovative, effective, and scalable solutions to address the socioeconomic and environmental needs of local communities. 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, clean energy, and energy sustainability.
A native of Missouri, Ambassador Bond holds a bachelor's degree in Government with honors from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She is the recipient of numerous leadership and service awards, including Los Angeles County Woman of the Year, and the Special Needs Network Woman of Distinction Award. She was also recognized as one of Los Angeles's Women Leaders by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. She is married to entertainment executive Steven McKeever, and they have two children, Brent and Maddox.
We again congratulates Ambassador Bond and we look forward to working with her to strengthen bonds to the Trinidad and Tobago Diaspora in Lone Star State of Texas.