REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Kingdom of Spain and Principality of Andorra
CANDIDATE: Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon
Julissa Reynoso, an Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden, is also the Co-Chair of the Gender Policy Council at the White House. Ms. Reynoso previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. She is a former partner at the international law firms of Winston & Strawn LLP, and Chadbourne & Parke LLP, in New York, where she focused on international arbitration and cross-border disputes, and was a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Law and School of International and Public Affairs. Ms. Reynoso’s extensive senior government experience, international legal expertise and demonstrated management and diplomatic skills, make her a well-qualified candidate to be U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra.
Ms. Reynoso, who is fluent in Spanish, 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 Swain.