Julissa Reynoso

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Julissa Reynoso is a New York City attorney born in the Dominican Republic who, since March 30, 2012, has served as United States Ambassador to Uruguay.[1][2] She is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the United States Department of State.

Early Life and Education[edit]

A native of the Dominican Republic, Reynoso immigrated to the United States in 1982. She spent her youth living in the South Bronx in New York City, attending Catholic schools. She graduated valedictorian of her class at Aquinas High School in the Bronx. She was admitted to Harvard University, where she helped found several student groups and was active with The Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

After obtaining a B.A. at Harvard University in 1997,[3] Reynoso obtained an M.Phil. degree in 1998 from the University of Cambridge in England, before enrolling at Columbia Law School, where she obtained her law degree in 2001. After Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Federal Judge Laura Taylor Swain.


In 2008, she was active in former Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency [4] before joining the campaign of then Sen. Barack Obama.

Prior to joining the Obama administration, Ms. Reynoso was an attorney in private practice at the international law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, and resided in the Washington Heights neighborhood in Manhattan. She also served as a legal fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law and Columbia Law School.

In 2006, Ms. Reynoso served as Deputy Director of the Office of Accountability at the New York City Department of Education. She has published widely in both Spanish and English on a range of issues including regulatory reform, community organizing, housing reform, immigration policy and Latin American politics for both popular press and academic journals.

In 2009, Reynoso joined former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. During her tenure, Reynoso was charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive Security and Rule of Law Strategy for Central America and the Caribbean.

In October 2011, President Barack Obama expressed his intention to nominate Ms. Reynoso as United States Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, a nomination that required the advice and consent of the United States Senate.[5][6] On March 30, 2012, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ms. Reynoso as United States Ambassador to Uruguay, and she became the youngest U.S. Ambassador.

As an Ambassador, Reynoso has focused on Trade and Commerce, with particular interest in agricultural trade, and on science, technology and education cooperation.

Reynoso is the recipient of several awards and has been decorated by the Governments of Guatemala and Honduras.


  1. ^ U S Senate Confirms Dominican Woman As Ambassador, Danr.org. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
  2. ^ President Obama announces key administration posts
  3. ^ "Being Latina at Harvard and Beyond". Fas.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  4. ^ "Hillary Clinton backers not quick to join Barack Obama campaign". NY Daily News. 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  5. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts | The White House". Whitehouse.gov. 2011-10-17. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  6. ^ "epa - european pressphoto agency: Obama propone a la subsecretaria Julissa Reynoso como embajadora en Uruguay". Google.com. 2011-10-17. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 

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