Dominican Julissa Reynoso, advisor to U.S. President Joe Biden on gender policies and chief of staff to First Lady Jill Biden, visited the Dominican Republic, where she attended a meeting with President Luis Abinader and Vice President Raquel Peña.
The Salcedo-born lawyer also participated in a lunch with the Minister of Women, Mayra Jiménez, and other government officials, where she shared her experience in the White House and the empowerment of women.
At the luncheon, dedicated to the Dominican official in the United States, Minister Jimenez referred to the work of women in Dominican politics and how they have managed to climb to high positions based on effort and dedication.
Reynoso, who was recently nominated by Biden as US Ambassador to Spain, was accompanied by the Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in the country, Robert Thomas, on a visit to the Fundación Abriendo Caminos, to learn about the Alerta Joven initiative and its program Espacios para Crecer, sponsored by the US Government through USAID.
Reynoso has yet to be confirmed by the U.S. Congress as ambassador.
Reynoso is a native of Hermanas Mirabal province. She arrived in New York City at the age of seven, settled in the Bronx and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1997.
She later specialized at Cambridge University in England and Columbia University in New York.
She has held various positions in the federal and state governments in New York City.