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Gerónimo Gutiérrez presented his credentials to become ambassador of Mexico to the United States on April 24, 2017. Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernandez served as managing director of the North American Development Bank (NADB) headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, where he focused on infrastructure development and financing along the U.S.-Mexico border. Under his leadership, NADB grew its loan portfolio at an average annual rate of 32 percent, reaching $1.4 billion in 2016. With a diverse 15-year career in the Mexican federal government, Ambassador Gutierrez previously served in prominent positions in the areas of trade, finance, diplomacy and national security under four presidents. In 2009 and 2010, he was deputy secretary for governance and homeland security; he was also part of the National Security Council’s Executive Committee. From 2006 to 2009, he served as undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (State Department). In that capacity, Gutierrez was responsible for normalizing the Mexico-Cuba relationship following a period of strained relations, as well as the re-establishment of ambassadors with Venezuela. He led Mexico’s negotiations with Mesoamerican countries (Mexico to Colombia) for the creation of the Mesoamerican Project (Proyecto Mesoamerica), a multilateral cooperation mechanism for the development of regional infrastructure. As undersecretary for North America, from 2003 to 2006, he coordinated day-to-day trilateral and bilateral affairs with Mexico’s North American partners (United States and Canada) and supervised the operations of over 50 Mexican consular offices in the region. He led negotiations for the creation of the Security and Prosperity Partnership for North America (SPP) — a prelude to the present day North American Leaders Summit — and also worked closely with other agencies on border and regional security cooperation with the U.S. and Canada. Ambassador Gutierrez has also held other federal government positions as undersecretary of governance in the Secretaría de Gobernación (Interior Ministry); secretaría de economía (Commerce Department); secretaría de hacienda y crédito público (Treasury Department); and positions in the Office of the President and Banobras (Mexico’s national public works bank). On the political front, he worked as part of President-elect Vicente Fox’s transition team; as director of the Miguel Estrada Iturbide Foundation, the think tank wing of Mexico’s center-right PAN party; and as chief of staff of the party’s Parliamentary Group. Ambassador Gutierrez holds both bachelor’s degrees in economics and in political science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a master’s in public Aadministration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, for which he received a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholarship.

 

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