Today President Obama announced his intent to appoint Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Global Philanthropy Group would like to congratulate Shakira on her new role and commend President Obama for his decision to appoint her to the commission.

Shakira has been deeply engaged for over a decade in a number of global education efforts, including the Barefoot Foundation, which she founded in 1995 at the age of 18.  Since that time, she has not only built schools & created programs to support approximately 6,000 children in Colombia, South Africa and Haiti, but has also been an outspoken advocate for the power of education to create peace worldwide.

In short, we cannot think of a better person for the job and look forward to great things to come from the Advisory Commission, which will provide advice to President Obama on education issues related to Hispanics and address academic excellence and opportunities for the Hispanic community.

To read the full press release from the White House, click here.

To read “Education for Peace”, an editorial for the Huffington Post by Shakira, click here.