The official ambassador of Saint Kitts and Nevis to the United States of America is Her Excellency Jacinth Henry-Martin.
In order to inform the Federal Cabinet of the numerous opportunities and resources the Washington, D.C.-based Embassy can offer the government and people of the twin-island Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Ambassador Henry-Martin paid a courtesy visit to them.
The organization of high-level bilateral meetings with other nations, networking opportunities with international organizations to support line ministries in Saint Kitts and Nevis, opportunities for agricultural, financial, and climate resilience assistance, promotion of Saint Kitts and Nevis as a top travel destination through cultural diplomacy, and enhancing engagement with the diaspora were just a few of the many areas of work of the Embassy shared by Ambassador Henry-Martin.
Ambassador Henry Martin expressed her excitement for her new position by saying, “It is an honor for me to return to the service of my country as Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to the USA, our most potent hemispheric neighbor, the center of global influence and might, and the adopted home of thousands of Kittitians and Nevisians in the Diaspora.
I am eager to head a team that is just as committed to carrying out the mission given to me in my roles as the Permanent Representative to the OAS and the Ambassador to the USA. My commitment to upholding the interests of the government and people is unwavering.
Jacinth Henry-Martin has extensive experience serving the Federation in both the public and private sectors, as demonstrated by her time from 2000 to 2004 as a Federal Minister of Government and an elected member of parliament.
She led the Federation’s successful hosting of various events, including the UNESCO Caribbean Youth Gathering for Peace in 2002, which was dedicated to fostering a culture of peace and nonviolence in young people, while serving as the Federal Minister for Information, Culture, Sports, and Youth.
Her hosting of the hugely popular VII Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA VII) in 2000, which brought more cultural diversity to the Federation by bringing together artists, folklorists, practitioners, and supporters of various art forms from the Caribbean and Latin American countries to showcase their national heritage united in loving respect for the power of the Arts, was another of her many accomplishments.
Mrs. Henry-Martin also spearheaded the Federation’s successful 2004 proposal for the Caribbean area to host the World Cup Cricket. Each occasion increased our Federation’s variety, economic security, and standing abroad.
Before being named her country’s first female ambassador to the USA in 2011, she was appointed to high-level representational positions in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
She then served in the dual roles of Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), the oldest political organization in the world, and concurrent non-resident ambassador to Mexico and Paraguay.
Before being appointed in 2016 as Advisor to the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS with concurrent responsibility for managing the 28 Offices of the OAS General Secretariat across the Americas, she also briefly served as Chief of Staff of the OAS Secretary General.
A member of a three-person electoral observation delegation, Mrs. Martin has served as Chief of two OAS electoral observation missions to OAS Member States.
She returned to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in July 2023 and was appointed as Permanent Representative to the OAS at the same time.
Ambassador Henry-Martin has delivered keynote addresses at numerous high-profile gatherings in St. Kitts and Nevis and the United States.
She has also won numerous honors and prizes in recognition of her contribution to the social improvement of her nation’s citizens. She is a poet at heart and has two poetry anthologies to her name.
She also writes and performs her own plays, sometimes to the accompaniment of choir and drum groups, and she frequently speaks to young people as a motivational speaker.
She speaks three languages well and has a Master of Arts in Technical and Specialized Translation from the University of Westminster in the UK.