Julissa Reynoso is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central America and the Caribbean in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Prior to her appointment in November 2009, Ms. Reynoso practiced law with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, focusing on international arbitration and antitrust law. During this time, she also served as a Fellow at New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School. In 2006, Ms. Reynoso worked as Deputy Director of the Office of Accountability at the New York City Department of Education.
Ms. 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.
If confirmed, Ms. Reynoso, a political appointee would succeed career diplomat, David Nelson. Ambassador Nelson who was appointed by President Obama to the US Embassy in Uruguay in 2009, presented his credentials in February 2010, then stepped down in May 24 this year. According to the statement from the US embassy, Ambassador Nelson stepped down as chief of mission and left the country on May 24, 2011. "The Ambassador's decision is based upon family reasons."
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