WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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since the 1980s, he served as its National Finance Chair in 1997-1998 and was a crucial supporter of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Solomont also served as Chairman of the bipartisan Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees all domestic service pro- grams, including AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, VISTA, and Senior Corps. He was initially appointed to the Board by President Clinton in 2000, re-appointed by President Bush in 2007, and elected chairman in 2009. In January 2010, President Obama appointed Solomont as the United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. As ambassador, a pri- ority of his was strengthening Spain's cooperation with the United States on global security. One of his major diplomatic accomplish- ments is the stationing of four US naval destroyers in southern Spain as part of NATO's missile defense to protect Europe from attack by rogue nations. For his efforts, he was awarded the US Navy's Distinguished Service award, the highest honor given to a civilian by the Navy. Solomont also advocated for American companies doing business in Spain, and he supported investment by Spanish companies in the United States. The US is Spain's number one trading partner outside of the European Union and Spain is among the fastest growing sources of foreign direct investment in the US. He and his wife Susan Lewis Solomont promoted volunteerism and citizen service throughout Spain. Susan Solomont chaired the Women's "This is such an extraordinary adventure for Susan and me, and we delight in sharing a slice of it with family and friends. We toast you for giving us this opportunity." – T h e t o a s t A l a n a n d S u s a n m a d e t o e v e r y g u e s t d i n i n g w i t h t h e m i n t h e U S e m b a s s y i n M a d r i d . 62 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 an interview with alan d. solomont

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