President Biden recently announced his intent to nominate Julissa Reynoso to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. The WH released the following brief bio:
Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Spain and to the Principality of Andorra
Julissa Reynoso is an Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden, and the Co-Chair of the Gender Policy Council at the White House. A former U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, Reynoso also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. She is a former partner at the international law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, in New York, and served on the faculty of Columbia University School of Law and School of International and Public Affairs. Reynoso is widely published in English and Spanish on an array of issues including comparative law, regulatory reform, community organizing, immigration policy, and Latin American politics for both popular press and academic journals. She holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University, a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She clerked for the Honorable Federal Judge Laura Taylor Swain. She is fluent in Spanish.
If confirmed, the former Ambassador to Uruguay Julissa Reynoso would succeed political appointee Richard D. Buchan III who served as Ambassador to Spain from January 18, 2018–January 2021. According to AFSA’s ambassador tracker, all but five of 19 ambassadors to Spain (73.7%) since 1960 were political appointees.
Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, first lady Jill Biden’s chief of staff, will be nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Spain.
She was U.S. ambassador to Uruguay for Barack Obama.https://t.co/eNIWhr6zTF
— POLITICO (@politico) July 28, 2021
WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING: Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Co-Chair of the Gender Policy Council Julissa Reynoso, and Co-Chair and Executive Director of the Gender Policy Council Jennifer Klein join White House press secretary Jen Psaki for a briefing https://t.co/BcE6qzVeaL
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 8, 2021
As part of the Biden-Harris team, Julissa Reynoso Pantaleón LAW'01 will be in position to engage on issues central to her academic and professional career, including education, political reform, immigration policy, and Latin American affairs and culture. https://t.co/a3C8ok2R1G
— Columbia University (@Columbia) January 20, 2021