Lino Gutierrez

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Lino Gutierrez
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United States Ambassador to Argentina
In office
April 16, 2003 – April 8, 2006
President George W. Bush
Preceded by James Donald Walsh
Succeeded by Earl Anthony Wayne
United States Ambassador to Nicaragua
In office
December 5, 1996 – July 21, 1999
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by John Francis Maisto
Succeeded by Oliver P. Garza
Personal details
Born (1951-03-26) March 26, 1951 (age 66)
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Miami;
The University of Alabama,
Profession Diplomat
Awards Distinguished Honor Award

Lino Gutiérrez (born 26 March 1951) is an American diplomat.

He served as Ambassador to Argentina from September 2003 through July 2006. He was succeeded by Earl Anthony Wayne. Gutiérrez is currently the Executive Director of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation and an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University in Washington, D.C.,[1] and the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University.

Foreign service career[edit]

Gutiérrez entered the United States Foreign Service in 1977 and served in Latin America, Europe and the Department of State. He has served as International Affairs Advisor at the National War College (2002), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the State Department (1999–2001), Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2001–2002), United States Ambassador to Nicaragua (1996–1999).

During his tenure in Nicaragua, Gutiérrez coordinated the U.S. relief effort following the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in October 1998.

Gutierrez also served in Santo Domingo, Lisbon, Port-au-Prince, Grenada, Paris and Nassau. In Washington, Gutiérrez has served as Officer-in-Charge of Nicaraguan Affairs, Officer-in-Charge of Portuguese Affairs, and Director of the Office of Policy Planning, Coordination and Press in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.

Gutiérrez is a recipient of the Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award, Superior Honor Award (twice) and Meritorious Honor Award (three times).

Other Activities[edit]

In 2007, Gutiérrez became CEO of Gutierrez Global LLC, a consulting firm specializing on strategic advice for corporations interested in investing in Latin America and Europe. From 2007 to 2009, Gutiérrez served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutiérrez on Cuba transition and Latin America.

In December 2010, Gutiérrez was named Executive Director of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, which is dedicated to a strong and professional Foreign Service.

He also serves as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University, and teaches at the Foreign Service Institute.

Education and Personal Life[edit]

Gutiérrez is a native of Havana, Cuba. Ambassador Gutiérrez attended the University of Miami and The University of Alabama, where he received a B.A. in Political Science (1972) and an M.A. in Latin American Studies (1976). He was a social studies teacher for the Dade County School System and the Urban League in Miami, Florida before entering the diplomatic services.

He is married to the former Miriam Messina of Santo Domingo and has three daughters, the youngest of whom is Susana Gutierrez, and six grandchildren.


  1. ^ Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Chic Hecht
United States Chargé d'Affairs ad interim,
the Bahamas

March 1993–July 1993
Succeeded by
John S. Ford
as Chargé d'Affairs ad interim
Preceded by
John Francis Maisto
United States Ambassador to Nicaragua
December 5, 1996–July 21, 1999
Succeeded by
Oliver P. Garza
Preceded by
James Donald Walsh
United States Ambassador to Argentina
15 October 2003–19 July 2006
Succeeded by
Earl Anthony Wayne