Julissa Reynoso is Chief of Staff to the First Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden. She previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay. Ms. Reynoso also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central American, Caribbean and Cuban Affairs in the U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Reynoso practiced at a major international law firm, where she specialized in antitrust law, international commercial arbitration and international investment arbitration. Ms. Reynoso has extensive policy and legal experience throughout Latin America, engaging both as a lawyer in private practice and as a senior US diplomat on behalf of the US government. Her legal experience includes analyzing and advising on complex cross-border transactions and conducting complex arbitrations including under the major international rules, including ICC and UNCITRAL, and bilateral investment treaty disputes under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Ms. Reynoso is the recipient of various public interest awards, including recognitions from Columbia University, New York University, the North Star Fund, the Legal Aid Society and the Hispanic National Bar Foundation. She also has served on the boards of several nonprofit and advocacy organizations.