Roberta Jacobson

Fall 2018 Resident Fellow

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere

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Roberta S. Jacobson was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico on May 5, 2016, and resigned on May 5, 2018, retiring from the State Department at the end of May. Before then, she served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs since March, 2012. She has held various positions in the State Department’s Western Hemisphere Bureau for nearly 30 years. Ms. Jacobson holds a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1986) and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. She is the author of numerous articles, including, “The Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women” (The United Nations and Human Rights; 1990); “Liberation Theology as a Revolutionary Ideology” (The Fletcher Forum; 1986); “10 Things You Didn’t Know About U.S. –Latin America Relations” (Americas Quarterly; 2013); “Women and the Rule of Law: A View from the Americas (The Fletcher Forum; 2014) and “The United States and the Western Hemisphere: A Relationship on the Rise” (The Ambassador’s Review; 2015).