Photo: U.S. Embassy San José
Photo: U.S. Embassy San José

QCOSTARICA – Stafford Fitzgerald Haney, a director of business development at Pzena Investment Management in New York, was among the three nominees whose names were submitted by the Obama administration to the Senate on Thursday for ambassadorships in other nations.

Haney was nominated to be U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica. Again.

Costa Rica has been without a U.S. ambassador since June 2013, when Anne S. Andrew stepped down. Gonzalo Gallegos has been Chargé d’Affaires ad interim from July 2013 to present.

Haney has also served as director of strategic planning and new business development at the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, a senior associate at Israel Seed Partners, the largest seed stage venture capital firm in Israel, and as vice president for marketing and strategic planning at Citibank Mexico. He began his career in marketing and strategy, working in Latin America for Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo.

In a letter to then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in support of Haney last November.

Haney was first nominated on July 8, 2014, when Haney’s nomination as criticized,  the Washington Post commentary describing him as “yet another blunder” by President Obama. The criticism focused on the fact that Haney raised only US$35,800 for the President’s re-election bid (through September 2012) and just under US$200,000 since 2007.

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