Jacobson Roberta S. - United Mexican States - June 2015
REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: United Mexican States
CANDIDATE: Roberta S. Jacobson
Roberta S. Jacobson, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, currently is the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, a position she has held since 2012. Ms. Jacobson is well known for her extensive experience and leadership on key policy issues across the region, including NAFTA, counter-narcotics, human rights, civil-military relations, economic, and regional security initiatives and programs. This significant policy, management, and inter-agency expertise, both domestically and overseas, make her uniquely qualified to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.
Ms. Jacobson previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (2010-2012), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (2007-2010), and Director of the Office of Mexican Affairs (2002-2007), Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Washington, D.C. She also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru (2000-2002). Prior to that, Ms. Jacobson was both the Director (1996-2000) and the Deputy Director (1994-1996) in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs’ Office of Policy Planning, and Executive Assistant (1993-1994) and Special Assistant (1989-1992) to the Assistant Secretary. She also was an Intelligence Analyst in the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1986-1989).
Ms. Jacobson earned a B.A. from Brown University in 1982 and a M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1986. She received the Presidential Rank Award twice, received numerous Department awards, and authored several articles. She speaks Spanish.