Julissa Reynoso is the former United States Ambassador to Uruguay. Julissa also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central American, Caribbean and Cuban Affairs in the US Department of State. Prior to joining the US Department of State, Julissa practiced at a major international law firm, where she specialized in antitrust law, international commercial arbitration and international investment arbitration. Her legal experience includes analyzing and advising on complex cross-border disputes and investigations, and conducting complex arbitrations 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). While at the US Department of State, Julissa was charged with developing comprehensive security and rule of law strategies for Central America and the Caribbean. Julissa 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. Julissa received her B.A. from Harvard University. She also received an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She is a proud mama of a son.