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Honorable Albert C. Zapanta served as Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board from 2002 – 2004.
Mr. Zapanta is the president and CEO of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce based in Washington, DC. The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, bi-national corporation that promotes trade and investment between the two North American nations. The Chamber represents more than 2,000 businesses in the U.S. and Mexico and maintains 14 regional offices in the U.S. and six in Mexico. He is also Chairman of the Board of the U.S. – Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation. Mr. Zapanta has worked in business, government and politics for over thirty-six years. In the private sector, he worked as an industrial engineer for Bethlehem Steel, and as Director of Governmental Affairs for ARCO until his retirement in 1993. His Governmental and political experience includes appointments to various government commissions and advisory committees by Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and both Presidents Bush.
Mr. Zapanta served President Nixon as a White House Fellow in 1973-74. He was appointed by President Ford to serve as Assistant Secretary of Administration and Management, U.S. Department of Interior 1976-77. President Reagan appointed him to the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Trade Technology and Development, and President George W. Bush named him a private sector delegate to the U.S. – Mexico Partnership for Prosperity.
Mr. Zapanta earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1966, a Master of Public Administration in 1973, and completed his doctoral studies in International Political Economy from the University of Southern California. He also graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and the Inter-American Defense College at National Defense University.
Mr. Zapanta’s combat actions resulted in the award of the Silver Star, five Bronze Stars for valor, the Purple Heart and thirty other awards during the Vietnam War.