Hispanic Heritage Month 2012: Carmen Cantor
Carmen G. Cantor is the Executive Director of the Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT). In this capacity, in pursuit of U.S. national interests in the fight against global terrorism, she provides support to the Coordinator for Counterterrorism and senior staff; management and oversight of CT’s executive office operations (human resources, budget, procurement, information technology, contract administration, general services, etc.); and collaboration and coordination with other agencies and organizations.
Previously, she served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Recruitment, Examination, & Employment (REE) at the U.S. Department of State where she oversaw over 150 Foreign Service, civil service, student and contractor employees in four divisions: Student Programs, Recruitment & Outreach, the Board of Examiners, and the Office of the Registrar. During this time, REE organized and implemented the largest expansion of recruitment, assessment, and hiring in State Department history.
Before re-joining the State Department, Ms. Cantor worked as Director of the Office of Civil Rights at the Foreign Agricultural Service and Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission in Washington, DC. Her 22-year federal career includes positions in the Office of Civil Rights and in the Bureau of Human Resources at the U.S. Department of State and at the U.S. Postal Service.
Ms. Cantor received an M.A. in labor relations from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. She is also an alumna of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. Ms. Cantor is the president of the Department of State’s Hispanic employee affinity group, HECFAA.