Carmen Cantor is an American diplomat who has served as the United States Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia since 2020.
Early life and education
Cantor is the daughter of Anibal Castro and Zoraida Laracuente. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and a Master of Arts from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
Cantor is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. Before joining the Department of State, Cantor served as Director of the Office of Civil Rights for the Foreign Agricultural Service, and as Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at the Federal Maritime Commission. Previous posts at the Department of State include being Executive Director of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bureau of International Information Programs from 2013–2016, Executive Director of the Bureau of Counterterrorism from 2011–2013, and serving as Deputy Director for Recruitment, Examination, and Employment. From 2016–2019, she was the Director of the Civil Service Human Resource Management at the State Department.
On July 15, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Cantor as the next Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia. Her nomination was sent to the United States Senate on July 17, 2019.
On October 16, 2019, she appeared before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. On December 19, 2019, her nomination was confirmed by voice vote. On January 31, 2020, she presented her credentials to President David W. Panuelo.
Cantor is fluent in Spanish. She is married to Carlos A. Cantor. Carmen Cantor has one sister, three daughters and three stepchildren.