Jacinth Lorna Henry-Martin
Diplomat and Former Cabinet Minister, St. Kitts and Nevis
Jacinth Lorna Henry-Martin is a diplomat and former Cabinet Minister in St. Kitts and Nevis. Currently, she is the Chief of Staff to Secretary General of the Organisation of American States.
Early life and education
Henry-Martin was born in Sandy Point, St. Kitts and Nevis, on 28 July 1961. Educated at the Sandy Point and Basseterre High Schools, she is fluent in French and Spanish. She studied Modern Languages and Cultural Management in Venezuela, and earned a Masters of Arts in Technical & Specialized Translation from the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom.
Beginning in 1979, Henry-Martin has held a variety of teaching, administrative, banking and secretarial positions, including bilingual secretary to the ambassador of Venezuela in St. Kitts. She was appointed Director of Culture in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Environment in 1996.
In 2000, Henry-Martin was made a Senator and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Environment. Elected to the National Assembly as a St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) candidate in March 2000, Henry-Martin became Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Denzil L. Douglas.
She was the Director-General of the CARIFESTA VII in 2000.
After losing her seat in the October 2004 general election, in 2005, she was named Deputy High Commissioner at the St. Kitts and Nevis High Commission in London, UK, where she served until December 2008. She then went to the United States to serve as Director of US Operations for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, from January 2009 to December 2010.
Henry-Martin has served as ambassador to the United States from St. Kitts and Nevis since February 2011. She also serves as her nation’s representative to the Organization of American States. She also served as a coordinator of the Sixth Summit of the Americas held in Colombia, in April 2012.
On 26 May 2015, Mrs. Henry-Martin was appointed Chief of Staff to Luis Almagro. Ambassador, Secretary General of the Organisation of American States - the first Caribbean Woman to hold that position.
Henry-Martin and her husband, Michael Martin, have three sons. She attends the Moravian and Methodist churches.
She is also a storyteller, poet, dramatist and songwriter who wrote the lyrics for the winning song at the 1995 Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) Song Festival in Havana, Cuba. Jacinth was crowned her nation’s first Calypso Queen the same year in honour of her performance of “Fashion Police.” In 2003, Henry-Martin published a book of poetry, Dancing in Bondage.