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White House nominates former Ros-Lehtinen aide to State Department


The White House has nominated a Miami native, Yleem Poblete, to serve as assistant secretary of state for verification and compliance, an appointment that will require approval by the U.S. Senate.

Poblete is a former chief of staff to Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a former chairwoman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where Poblete eventually served as chief of staff and staff director, the first Hispanic woman in that role. President Donald Trump announced her nomination on Tuesday.

"At every step of the way, Yleem was instrumental in crafting laws that sought to counter proliferation threats from Iran, North Korea, and Syria to help advance U.S. national security interests around the world," Ros-Lehtinen said Wednesday in a statement. "Her vast knowledge and expertise on the totality of matters related to sanctions, nuclear agreements, nonproliferation, and security have prepared her to serve with distinction in this national security capacity for the Trump administration at the State Department."

Poblete, who lives in Virginia, is currently a senior State Department adviser. With her husband, Jason, she is the co-owner of the Poblete Analysis Group. She is also a fellow at the Catholic University of America and a foreign policy analyst for U.S. government projects at the Hudson Institute. 

Poblete has a bachelor's degree from Saint Thomas University, a master's degree from the University of Miami and a doctorate from the Catholic University of America.