Before being nominated and confirmed as the United States ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Julissa Reynoso had been an experienced diplomat, policy maker and lawyer. She also worked in the Biden-Harris Administration as a presidential advisor and was chief of staff to Dr. Jill Biden. She was also the co-chair of the Gender Policy Council, the first policy council focused on gender equity and equality within the Executive Office of the President.
Prior to joining the Biden Administration, Ambassador Reynoso was a partner at the international law firm Winston and Strawn in New York. She served on the faculty of the Columbia University School of Law and the School of International and Public Affairs. During the administration of President Barak Obama, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and then as US Ambassador to Uruguay.
Julissa Reynoso was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in New York City. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard University, a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and her law degree from Columbia University. She is widely published in English and Spanish on an array of issues for both the popular press and academic journals. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and of the American Law Institute.