Democrats Abroad Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Team Angels - Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Chapter
March 4, 2016

Join the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad for our Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, March 14 beginning at Noon at Roberto's Restaurant.

We'll begin with lunch where you can choose between selections of Chicken Enchilada, Chicken Fajita, Fish Fajita or Vegetarian Fajita.

The cost per dish, including one drink (wine, beer, margarita, iced tea, lemonade or a soft drink) is 200 pesos. The Chapter will pay for 100 pesos of that. So each guest will pay only 100 pesos plus gratuity on total cost.

Seating is limited to 50 guests so RSVP is required with a food selection. RSVP to

We'll begin our Costa Banderas Annual Meeting at 1:00 where we will be discussing our year in review and previewing primary voting still possible and the general election in November. We will also be electing a new board member to replace John Wilson-Bugbee.

This will be followed at 2:30 with the Democrats Abroad Mexico Annual Meeting being broadcast live via Web-Ex for the first time ever, a popular internet conferencing program and the program of choice of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) or DA International.

The Democrats Abroad Meeting will begin with the Secretary's Report, Treasurer's Report, Chair's Report and Update on the Global Primary/GOTV).

Marc Rodriguez will give a short speech at 3:15. He is part-time with the DPCA Program and is originally from Mexico City, now lives in Washington, DC.

Ana Maria Salazar, a journalist and radio personality from Mexico City, will speak from 3:30 – 4:00.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is widely recognized as an expert of international law and national security in Latin America. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and in the District of Columbia.

Between June 1998 and January 2001, Ms. Salazar served at the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Drug Enforcement Policy and Support. She oversaw and controlled a budget in excess of $1 billion dollars that supported the Department of Defense’s counter drug programs in the United States and over 20 other countries.

Ms. Salazar played a key role in developing the $1.3 billion dollar support package for Colombia that was signed by President Clinton in June 2000. As a result of her efforts at the Pentagon, Ms. Salazar was recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanic Americans in the United States.

Prior to joining the Pentagon, Ms. Salazar served at the White House as Policy Advisor for President Clinton’s Special Envoy for the Americas in 1998. In that capacity, she formulated and coordinated policies designed to advance the President’s agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean in areas such as justice and security, law enforcement, education, human rights, democracy and trade.

Ms. Salazar frequently appears on English and Spanish speaking television and radio news and talk shows, providing analysis and commentaries on politics and foreign affairs. She has also provided technical assistance, lectured and published in English and Spanish on the topics of criminal justice reforms, alternative dispute resolution, and training programs for military personnel, investigators, prosecutors and judges.

A Questions and Answers session will follow at 4:00 – 4:30.

For more information, email David Kamp at

Roberto's Restaurant is located at 283 Basilio Badillo in Old Town Vallarta.

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