President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE has picked first lady Jill BidenJill BidenFirst Lady visits schools to discuss COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Biden travels west as Washington troubles mount MORE’s chief of staff, Julissa Reynoso, to be the U.S. ambassador to Spain.
The White House announced Reynoso's nomination in a statement on Tuesday, along with the president's picks for eight other administration roles.
Reynoso, who has been the co-chair of the Gender Policy Council, has also previously served as a deputy assistant secretary of State in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and on the faculty of the Columbia University School of Law and School of International and Public Affairs, her alma mater.
Reynoso, who is fluent in Spanish, served as a clerk for federal Judge Laura Taylor Swain as well, according to the news release.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Jill Biden called Reynoso an “exceptional and an incredible leader and friend,” adding that she will make a great ambassador for Spain.
The White House also nominated William Valdez, Erik Hooks, Lisa Gomez, Adrienne Wojciechowski, Mark Gitenstein, Laura S. H. Holgate, Patricia Mahoney and Peter Hendrick Vrooman for new roles as well.
Reynoso must be confirmed by the Senate to the role. Michael LaRosa, the first lady's spokesman, told the AP that Reynoso is expected to remain on her role as Biden’s chief of staff until then.