Mercedes Ciudad-Real (a.k.a. Marita) serves as Principal Assistant to the
Director of the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the
Organization of American States where she is responsible for providing
overall administrative, human resources procedures, logistical, operational and research support to
the Director of the DSD on a daily basis on projects and other matters
related to the ongoing activities of the Department.
She is a
native of Guatemala with over 10 years experience in administrative and
technical management within the OAS. She graduated from American
University with a Bachelorís in the Arts Degree in Interior Design and
the title of Legal Assistant from George Washington University.
Marita was awarded the Outstanding Performance
Award for the Department of Sustainable Development.
joining the OAS, she worked at the Inter-American Development Bank,
where she did her summer internships while still in school. This
experience led Maria to join the OAS, as project assistant in the
Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the OAS, focusing on
economic and telecommunications projects.
In addition, she is further responsible for monitoring and
ensuring that Departmentís activities and deliverables are timely and
in keeping with the work plan approved by the Director. Marita is
fluent in Spanish, English and French.