Recently featured by the State Department on their Hispanic Heritage Month page, Paco Perez was part of a team that received a Superior Honor Award from then-Secretary Clinton for outstanding work in the Operations Center during hostage situations in Algeria, protests throughout the Middle East, and Ebola outbreaks in Africa. He hosted Conversations in America en Español, has done visa interviews in Portuguese, was most recently the spokesperson for U.S. Embassy Cotonou in Francophone Africa, before arriving in Panama to serve in his current role as Public Affairs Officer. He helped put Benin on the map by working with outstanding YALI fellows, partnering with Akon on solar power initiatives, and training thousands of young African entrepreneurs. Paco is a product of both the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, graduated from law school in his home state of New Mexico, and worked on the House Subcommittee for the Western Hemisphere before joining the Foreign Service in 2008. He and his wife Stephanie were featured for their efforts to bring more Hispanics into State in a 2013 Washington Post article discussing the low percentages of Hispanics in government.