MAN – Man City Council recently presented a proclamation to Mariju L. Bofill, a native of Man with a continuous 20-year career in the US State Department.
After graduating as a Major from Man High School in 1995, Bofill received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Transylvania in Lexington, Kentucky, and his Doctor of Laws degree from American University Washington College of Law in Washington. , DC She then began a career in the United States. Department of State as Presidential Management Fellow in 2001.
Bofill served as Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs and to the Under-Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. She has also worked on the fight against international terrorism, non-proliferation, export control and border security.
Most recently, Bofill served as Director for Canada and the Caribbean on the National Security Council under the two administrations of Donald Trump and Joe Biden. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing bilateral and multilateral relations in the Western Hemisphere.
She also used her expertise on the Western Hemisphere to serve as Chief of Staff in the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the United States Department of State. She was the first foreign policy adviser to deploy to the U.S. Navy hospital ship, USNS Comfort, for the Enduring Promise 2018 mission.
Countries where Bofill has served in diplomatic missions include Brazil, France, Ecuador, Mexico, and Greece, and now she has the chance to go to Santiago, Chile, where she was posted as as Political and Economic Advisor at the US Embassy.
During the regular monthly meeting of Man City Council last week, Council and Mayor Jim Blevins presented a proclamation declaring July 12 Mariju L. Bofill Day in the city of Man. Surrounded by her family, Bofill, sometimes moved, thanked the city of Man.
“To know that my hometown… recognizes me now, what a beautiful proclamation for what I have done for my country,” said Bofill. “It means so much to me, because you must know that this city made me.
“I grew up in Southern West Virginia, and I know that made me the diplomat that I am,” Bofill added, “because I know how to deal with people from all walks of life and from all walks of life. all experiences, and nothing has made me a better person than growing up here.
Bofill is the recipient of several Senior and Meritorious Honors and the Joint Civilian Service Excellence Award from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for his contributions to the United States Southern Command. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French and Tagalog.
She is currently a 2020-2021 Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology Seminar XXI.