Hattie Babbitt Joins Jennings Strouss


Harriet C. Babbitt, former US Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), former Deputy Administrator of the US Agency for International Development, and an accomplished attorney in private and public service, has joined Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC in its Washington, DC office.

Ms. Babbitt, informally known as Hattie, has deep roots in Arizona and a distinguished career in private and public service. "We are truly honored that Hattie has joined Jennings Strouss," said John C. West, Managing Attorney. "Hattie's unique experience and broad connections in both Washington DC and the international arena will provide our clients with unparalleled access to global resources. I think they will be impressed with the doors Hattie will be able to open for them."

Strong International Background

In her capacity as Permanent Representative to the OAS, (1993-1997), Ambassador Babbitt chaired a number of key OAS bodies, including the committee that monitored compliance of the embargo against the military regime in Haiti, the OAS Permanent Council, and the committee that coordinates the organization's implementation of initiatives endorsed by hemispheric leaders at the Summit of the Americas.

Most recently, Ms. Babbitt served as the Senior Vice President of Hunt Alternatives Fund, which advances innovative and inclusive approaches to social change at local, national, and global levels.

Ms. Babbitt serves as a director of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). As chair of NDI's Latin American and Caribbean Committee, she earned a reputation as a widely-respected electoral expert, observer and facilitator. A fluent Spanish speaker, Ambassador Babbitt participated in democratic initiatives in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Paraguay, as well as in the Middle East and Central Europe.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Middle East and Latin American Committees for the National Democratic Institute, Vice-Chair for the Executive Board of the American Bar Association-Central European and Eurasian Legal Initiative, (ABA-CEELI), on the Board of Directors of the World Resources Institute (WRI), and member of the International Women's Forum.

Strong Arizona Ties

Ms. Babbitt graduated from the the Sandra Day O'Connor Law School at Arizona State University and was an attorney with Robbins & Green (recently joined with Jennings Strouss) and held a number of legal and financial posts in Arizona. She was a director of Citibank (Arizona) and a member of the Board of Advisors of U.S. West Telephone Company. Ms. Babbitt is married to Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of the Interior and former Governor of the State of Arizona.

On Joining Jennings Strouss

Ms. Babbitt will practice international law for Jennings Strouss, serving the firm's world-wide clientele in the U.S. and abroad. She will be available for matters involving the global economy, resources and energy, with a special focus on Latin America. "I'm absolutely thrilled to be working with such a talented group of Jennings Strouss lawyers in Arizona and here in DC," she said. "And I look forward to working on behalf of our clients from Arizona to DC to the international community."