Julissa Reynoso, the U.S. ambassador to Uruguay, is a Columbia University-trained lawyer who joined the U.S. State Department in 2009 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Reynoso recently announced that she will step down as ambassador in December; she will return to New York to work at the law firm Chadbourne & Parke and teach a new course at SIPA on rule of law in Latin America (Seminar on Latin America: Challenges to Progress).
Reynoso emigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic at the age of seven. She grew up in in New York City’s South Bronx and went on to attend Harvard University as an undergraduate, then Cambridge University in England, and then Columbia Law School, from which she graduated in 2001. She recently spoke with SIPA News about her career, plans for her course at SIPA, and more.