jhlmartinJacinth Henry-Martin

Jacinth Henry-Martin has been Director of Culture of St Kitts and Nevis, was subsequently appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Culture,  and in 2000 became the first female to be elected to the Federal Parliament on a Labour Party ticket.  She held the ministerial portfolio of Information, Culture, Youth & Sports.

As Federal Minister of Culture she led her country’s efforts to host the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA VII) in 2000 - the first for an Eastern Caribbean State,  energised and supported action and policy towards popular particpation in folklore and the Arts, reinvigourated the promotion and preservation of traditional folkforms, rallied local and regional youths to civic action in the UNESCO Caribbean Youth Gathering for Peace, and as Minister of Sports oversaw her country’s successful first-time bid to host 2007 World Cup Cricket matches.  

In January, 2011, Jacinth was appointed the first female Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of of St Kitts and Nevis to the USA, and served in the dual role of Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the OAS until May, 2015.  She was appointed concurrently to Mexico and to Paraguay in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

By her very nature, Jacinth is a servant of her people.  She has worked as Deputy High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, and as Director of US Operations for the St Kitts Tourism Authority based in New York.  Her proud legacy of service is one that underscores her resolve to work for the advancement of all her people, at home and in the Diaspora.  In recognition of her contribution and leadership in the area of cultural development, Diplomacy, and politics, she has been presented many certificates of appreciation and recognition, and community awards.

Jacinth is currently an Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, is fluent in three languages, and holds a Master of Arts in Technical and Specialised Translation from the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom.  She is married with three adult sons.