The president of United States, Joe Biden, has proposed to Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, current chief of staff to the First Lady, Jill Biden, as the new Ambassador in Spain. In addition to her position in the east wing, Reynoso works as an assistant to the president on immigration and gender equality issues. If confirmed in the Senate, this will be the second ambassador position for Reynoso, who already held similar responsibilities in Uruguay from 2012 to 2014, during the Government of Barack Obama.
According to sources quoted by the US media, when the president and his team discussed possible ambassadors, Reynoso’s experience and skill were immediately sought. The First Lady has been a fundamental piece in the election of Reynoso, whom she considers an “exceptional friend and leader.” In an official statement he supports the appointment, noting that when he met her in 2019 “they clicked immediately.”
Reynoso has served as the First Lady’s right-hand man since Joe Biden took office in January. “We stayed in touch, and I knew that if we went to the White House, I wanted her as my chief of staff,” recalls Jill Biden. “Given her experience and her heart, I can’t think of anyone better than Julissa to represent us in Spain and Andorra. She belongs to the family and we are going to miss her terribly,” says Jill Biden’s spokesperson. Michael LaRosa.
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Born in the Dominican Republic, Reynoso moved to the United States with her family when she was a child. Raised in New York, she finished high school at the top of her class and graduated in Political Science from Harvard.
A brilliant student, he obtained a scholarship from the Paul Soros Foundation, brother of George Soros, with which he completed his postgraduate studies at prestigious universities belonging to the Ivy League. He went on to earn a Master of Development in Cambridge and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University.
When I first met Julissa in 2019, we immediately clicked. We stayed in touch, and I knew if we came to the White House, that I wanted her as my Chief of Staff. She’s been exceptional and an incredible leader and friend. (1/2)https://t.co/8iWDs7CUGI
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) July 27, 2021
Reynoso began her professional career as an assistant judge Laura Taylor Swain In New York. For years, the current candidate for the United States Embassy in Spain combined her teaching work at Columbia University with the practice of law in several renowned law firms.
In his first experience in the White House during Obama’s term, Reynoso worked on the team of Hillary Clinton as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central American, Caribbean and Cuban Affairs and in the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Joe Biden has also counted on Reynoso’s advice on border issues. In fact, the future ambassador was part of the president’s trip to the Mexican border in March. Sources close to Reynoso highlight his personal interest in ensuring the reunification of the children of migrants with their families.
In March, Joe Biden signed an executive order to formally establish the Gender Policy Council within the Executive Office of the President and provide it with an explicit role in developing domestic and foreign policy on equality.
Reynoso was appointed as co-chair of that body, since then advising the president on policies and structural reforms to “ensure that we build a more equitable and just democracy by aggressively protecting the rights and unique needs of those who experience multiple forms of discrimination, including people of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. “
There are currently no plans to replace Reynoso in her role as Jill Biden’s chief of staff, who will wait for the Senate to confirm her appointment.
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