Javier Bustamante,
Director, Office of Media Technology, Social Security Administration
Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language
Commissioner, Baltimore City Judicial Nominations Commission
Commissioner, MD Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Commissioner, "Visit Baltimore" Convention Center and Visitors Bureau
Member of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Member of the Hispanic Business Association
Editor and Publisher
, coloquio.com

Awards | Family | Selected Photos


Born in Seville, Spain. US Citizen since 1974. Married to Josephine, three children, Margo, Alicia, and Alex (d. 2009). Five grandchildren, Liam, Kaelyn, Spencer, Bennett and Lila. Resident of Baltimore, Maryland, USA since 1979. See family pictures here and selected photos here.


Dates
Titles and Organizations
1961-1964 Political Science and Economics, University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
1973 B.A. History and Spanish. Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
1973-1975 Graduate work, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1975-1981 Graduate work, University of Chicago, University of MO.
1975 to 2006 Social Security Administration, Agency Webmaster and Director of the Internet Staff.
1981 to Present Bishop and Reverend, Universal Life Church
1981 to Present Notary Public, State of Maryland
1981 to 1983 Chairman, Hispanic Affairs Advisory Council, SSA
1981 to 1983 Chairman, Mayor's Committee on Hispanic Affairs, City of Baltimore
1982 to 2008 Member, House of Spain of Maryland
1984 to 1986 Founder and Member, MD Association of Hispanic Businesses
1985 to 1990 Founder and Member of the Board, Baltimore-Cadiz Sister City Committee
1986 to Present Founder and Member, MD Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
1986 to 1990 Founder, Publisher and Editor, La Tertulia Magazine
1986 to Present Founder and Member of the Board, Hispanic Business Association of MD
1987 to 2008 Founder and Member of the Board, Hispanic Cultural Association of MD
1988 to 1992 Director, Hispanic Contingent on the Columbus Day Parade
1990 to 2002 Founder and Member of the Board, Centro Español de MD
1990 to 2000 Founder, Publisher, and Editor, Coloquio Magazine
1994 to Present Founder, member, and Chairman of the Baltimore Hispanic Round Table
1997 to 2002 Member of the Board, Education Based Latino Outreach, EBLO
1999 Member, Baltimore Mayor O'Malley's Transition Committee
1999 to 2003 Member of the Board, National Columbus Celebration Association
1999 to 2005 Founder and CEO, Spanish Town Community Development, LLC
1999 to 2008 Founder and Spokesman, Hispanic Democratic Club of Baltimore
1999 to Present Member, NAACP
2000 to 2009 Member, Planning Commission of Baltimore City
2000 to Present Founder and Member, Hispanic Round Table of Baltimore
2000 to Present Founder, Editor, and Webmaster, Coloquio Online Magazine
2000 to Present Founder and President, Club Andalucía de Maryland
2001 to Present Founder and Member of the Board, Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
2006 to Present Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language
2006 Member of the Baltimore Mayor-designee Sheila Dixon's Transition Commission
2006 to Present Promoted to Director, of the Office of Media Technology, Office of Communications, Social Security Administration
2007 to 2008 Vice Chairman of the Baltimore City Planning Commission
August, 2007 to Present Appointed Commissioner of the Trial Courts Judicial Nominations Commission for Baltimore City, by Governor Martin O'Malley. The Commission will run till January, 2011
February, 2008 to Present Commissioner of the Maryland Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley
May, 2008 to Present Commissioner of the Baltimore Covention Center and Visitors Bureau, appointed by Mayor Sheila Dixon

Awards


Justifications



A plaque given in 1982 by the Social Security Administration's Associate Commissioner for Management, Budget and Personnel: "In recognition of and appreciation for contributions which promote SSA's equal opportunity objectives for Hispanic Americans through leadership of SSA's Hispanic Affairs Advisory Committee."


A plaque given in 1989 by the Federation of Hispanic Organizations of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area for my work in the community and the publication of LA TERTULIA, the predecesor of COLOQUIO, both Spanish language magazines.


A plaque given by the Federation of Hispanic Organizations of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area in 1990 to the Hispanic Cultural Association, which I founded in 1987. "In recognition of its enthusiastic and inspiring leadership in unifying the Hispanic Community and of its valuable and constructive activities promoting the Hispanic Culture.


The Governor of Maryland's (William Donald Schaefer) 1993 Public Service Achievement Award given to COLOQUIO for "your impressive commitment to the people of Maryland, and especially the residents of our Hispanic-American community - as demonstrated by your contributions and example, and particularly your valuable role as a non-profit contemporary publication which reflects the diversity of our Hispanic community of Baltimore..."


A certificate of recognition given in 1993 by the Federation of Hispanic Organizations recognizing my efforts on behalf of the Federation through its member organization, the Centro Espaņol de Maryland.


February, 1994 Social Security Deputy Commissioner's Citation to the Spanish Communications Staff for "outstanding services to all SSA components by providing Spanish translations of SSA written notices, publications, and automated notices for the public"


January, 1995 Social Security Deputy Commissioner's Citation to the Internet Team "For creative, pioneering work in providing information to the public on the Internet"


A parchment letter in October, 1995, recognizing COLOQUIO's and my own contributions to the Hispanics in History organization from the beginings of the group. Mention is also made of the Internet page I created for them which gave their group national and international exposure.


Recipient, in December 1995, of the "Hammer Award" from Vicepresident Al Gore's National Performance Review, for my work on the Internet for the Social Security Administration. See the SSA Internet Team


A plaque given in December of 1995 by the East Baltimore Latino Organization. A group dedicated to tutor Hispanic children to help them adjust to American schools: "For 10 years of Outstanding Service to Maryland's Hispanic Community Through Journalism."


A plaque given in 1996 by a group of 80 friends which reads: "The friends of Javier Bustamante recognize his contributions to the welfare of Baltimore's Hispanic community for his community activism, the publication of COLOQUIO magazine and its international edition on the Internet. September 1996"


With Parris Glendening, Governor of Maryland. Christmas, 1996


June, 1997 Social Security Deputy Commissioner for Communications' Citation to Javier G. Bustamante "in recognition of Exceptional Achievements and a High Degree of Professionalism in service to the Office of Communications"


December, 1997. Social Security Deputy Commissioner for Operations' Citation to Javier G. Bustamante for "your outstanding translation and validation support in assisting in the implementation of SSA's Spanish 800# automated services."
"Your ability to provide timely translations of the automated messages and your accurate validation of the messages has proven to be essential to the Office of Telephone Services and the Social Security Administration. Your contributions to the 800 Number have helped in making possible for SSA to continue to provide World Class service."


December, 1997 Social Security Associate Commissioner for Publications and Logistics Management's Citation to Javier G. Bustamante for "your superior contributions to the Social Security Administration. Your technical expertise in creating SSA's History Page as a Web Site on the Internet has enabled us to offer multi-media oral history transcripts to Internet users. Thank you for investing so much of your time on this worthwhile project."


August, 1998 A meeting of the Hispanic community with Mayor Kurt Schmoke of Baltimore to discuss issues of importance to the community and how the community could help in the development of our beloved Charm City


July, 1999. Made Member of the Board of the Washington Columbus Celebration Association later converted to the National Columbus Celebration Association. Celebrated October 12th of each year as the Dia de la Raza or Columbus Day. Ambassadors from Spanish speaking countries offered wreaths to the statue of Christopher Columbus at Union Station in Washington DC. The celebrations ended with a reception at the Senate Office Building


March 6, 2000 a Citizen's Citation from the newly elected Mayor Martin O'Malley of Baltimore to Javier Bustamante for: "Your outstanding contributions to the transition process which helped to create the vision of a re-energized and revitalized city for the citizens of Baltimore."


April 12, 2000 a Proclamation from Mayor O'Malley to Javier Bustamante stating: " Be it known that reposing especial trust and confidence in your integrity, prudence and ability, you have been appointed and are hereby recommended, Member of the Planning Commission and to execute the duties of said position with fidelity and zeal for the interest and advantage of the City of Baltimore."


September 19, 2000. A Commissioner Team Award to the eNews Development and Implementation Team. I was the webmaster who developed eNews, the most successful Social Security publication to date. As of October, 2000 more than 260,000 subscribers receive eNews by email every month.


September 19, 2000. A Commissioner Team Award to the Electronics Services Staff. ODISP's ESS chose me for the award for the constant cooperation I give their staff on matters relating to developemnt of Internet applications, participation in task forces and workgroups and other areas of common ground in electronic services.


September 19, 2000. A Commissioner Team Award for the development and implementation of the Social Security Retirement Planner. As Team leader of this group I was responsible for the project which was conceived, developed and implemented in 45 days. Such diligence was fostered by Deputy Commissioner William S. Halter who was also responsible for eNews.


September, 2003.Associate Commissioner's Award from System's Office of Enterprise Support, Architecture and Engineering for my job in the development of the i3368 Disability Online Application form.


September, 2003. Associate Commissioner's Award from System's Office of Enterprise Support, Architecture and Engineering: "For providing developers of Internet applications for SSA with a uniform set of control elements to develop applications"


October, 2003. Commissioner's Citation to the group of which I was the Team Leader and Webmaster, the Internet Web Team, for the redesign of the Social Security website in April 2003: "For outstanding contributions to electronic public information services through the redesign of the Social Security Internet Web site"


October, 2003. Interviewed by the Baltimore Sun regarding Spanish Town, a new development undertaken by my company, Spanish Town Community Development, LLC of which I was the Chairman and CEO and which I founded in 1999.


December, 2003. The new Planning Commission of the City of Baltimore. Peter Auchincloss, Chair; Otis Riley, III, Planning Director-Executive Secretary; Douglas McCoach, Vicechair; Rochelle "Ricki" Spector, Council Representative; Rita Church, Citizen Representative; Javier Bustamante, Citizen Representative; George Winfield, Public Works; Jennifer Mielke, Mayor's Representative; Mathews Wright, Citizens Representative; Latonya Jackson, Citizen Representative


January, 2004. A Citation by Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich to Javier G. Bustamante "in recognition of your commitment to your community and the State of Maryland...with congratulations on your installation as a Director of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and as our citizens join together in expressing our great respect, gratitude and sincere admiration for your achievement and dedication".


January, 2004. A Citation by US Senator Barbara Mikulski to Javier G. Bustamante "In honor of his commitment as Director of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce." The citation was given at the ceremony of investiture of the new Board of Directors of the Chamber.


July, 2004. A citation from the Associate Commissioner for Communications Planning and Technology for "Outstanding leadership and performance in support of the Social Security Internet site"


March, 2005. Reapointed for the third time by Mayor Martin O'Mallley to the Baltimore City Planning Commission.

Promoted to Vice Chairman of the Commission on January, 2007.



June, 2005 Named Chairman of the Baltimore Hispanic Roundtable, an organization of Hispanic leaders who meet regularly to discuss and solve community problems to avoid them to become public. I founded this organization in 1994 with Lois Rosenfield and Dorothy Katzenstein. Prepared the 2005 Jewish-Hispanic Legislative Reception at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.


April, 2006. A Social Security's Commisioner's Team Award as the Director of the Internet Staff for "Exemplary action in quickly providing information to the public and SSA's own employees affected by hurricane Katrina"


October, 2006. A Social Security's Chief Information Officer Individual Award for “your leadership in matters relating to the Internet Governance” for my work as Co-Chair of the Social Security Web Governance Steering Committee (WESCO).


November, 2006. Named Director of the Office of Media Technology at the Social Security Administration. In charge of the Multi Media Center, the Photography Studio, the Broadcast Studio and the internal Television Channel, SSTV.


November, 2006. Named Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language based in New York City, for "his linguistic knowledge, literary merits, and other achievements".


June, 2007. Named Hispanic Hero by the United States Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education

"For Outstanding Contributions to Our Community"

 



August, 2007. Appointed Commissioner of the Trial Courts Judicial Nominations Commission for Baltimore City, by Governor Martin O'Malley. The Commission will run till January, 2011


February, 2008. Named by Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland, Commissioner of the Maryland Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs for a four year term to expire on February 4, 2012


May, 2008. Named by Sheila Dixon, Mayor of Baltimore, Commissioner of the joint Baltimore Convention and Visitors Bureau Commission. The name has since been changed to Visit Baltimore.


December, 2008. Received a commemorative plaque for my work as a member of the Board of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


June, 2009. Received the José Ruiz Lifetime Achievement Award from the Education-Based Latino Organization (EBLO) "in recognition of a lifetime achievement in the area of Public Service and the positive impact of his work on the lives of Latinos."


October, 2009. A Certificate of Appreciation from the Baltimore Federal Executive Board: "In grateful appreciation of your outstanding support of the 22nd Disability Employment & Training Awareness Conference."


February, 2010. A plaque from the Deputy Commissioner of Communications: "In recognition of outstanding support in design, contracting, procurement, construction and implementation of the Broadcast Studio's conversion to High Deficition Television and video production"


October, 2010. A plaque from the Deputy Commissioner of Communications: "For producing quality graphics and videos for the Continuity of Operations Plan exercise."

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October, 2010. Named Oficial Intepreter of the Spanish language for the Maryland Judiciary Courts.