U.S. Senate Confirms Dominican from the Bronx as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Uruguay
Washington, DC (March 30, 2012). The U.S. Senate confirmed attorney Julissa Reynoso, born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx, New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay in South America.
“This appointment in Uruguay, makes Julissa Reynoso the first Dominican to occupy the position of United States Ambassador in the history of this country; it is a further sign of our integration into the fabric of this society,” said Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, President of the Dominican American National Roundtable. “To have a person with her professional background, character and humanity serving as U.S. Ambassador speaks well of the United States of America.”
Reynoso was nominated by President Obama on October 17, 2011.
She was born in January 1975 in Salcedo, Dominican Republic. In 1982, she emigrated with her family to the United States. Her U.S. immigration experience started in the South Bronx in New York City where she attended Catholic schools, and learned English.
Her high school guidance counselor encouraged her to apply to top schools. Reynoso earned a B.A. in Government from Harvard in 1997, an M. Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge in the U.K. in 1998, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2001.
After law school, she clerked for Federal Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from 2001 to 2003, was a fellow at Columbia Law School in 2005, and practiced international arbitration and antitrust law at the New York law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett from 2006 to 2009. She served as Deputy Director of the Office of Accountability at the New York City Department of Education in 2006, and was a part-time legal fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law from August 2008 through July 2009, when she received her first State Department appointment.
Prior to her appointment, Reynoso served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central America and in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Reynoso 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. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
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