First Lady Jill Biden’s Chief of Staff Julissa Reynoso has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Spain, according to a White House statement.
The statement noted Reynoso currently also serves as Co-Chair of the Gender Policy Council at the White House. Among her accomplishments noted in the statement, Reynosos was the former U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
In addition, the statement noted Reynoso “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.”
The nominee also includes impressive academic credentials. Reynoso 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,” according to the statement.
Jill Biden called Reynoso an “exceptional and an incredible leader and friend,” adding that she will make a great ambassador for Spain, according to The Associated Press.
“This opportunity came about sooner than we both expected and I will miss her,” Jill Biden said, according to a tweet by CNN’s Kate Bennett.
. @FLOTUS tells CNN says she supports @POTUS nomination of her chief of staff Julissa Reynoso to the role of US Amb to Spain. “This opportunity came about sooner than we both expected and I will miss her,” says Biden. Reynoso will remain her COS until her nomination is confirmed. pic.twitter.com/hAD9K0Mxje
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) July 27, 2021
Following her nomination, Reynoso must next be confirmed by the Senate before officially becoming an ambassador. She plans to remain as Biden’s chief of staff until that time.