U.S. Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson. Photo: Tufts University


U.S. Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson and her husband Jonathan Jacobson headed back to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 5, after just short of a two-year stint in Mexico.

“I am sad to leave Mexico, but take with me a deep affection for this marvelous country and the Mexican people,” Jacobson said as she prepared to board her plane home.

“I believe we have made great strides in our bilateral relationship. I am not saying goodbye, but rather so long for now!”

Jacobson, who arrived in Mexico on May 26, 2016 and presented her diplomatic credentials to President Peña Nieto on June 20, 2016, is retiring after a 30-year career with the State Department-

Most of her time in the diplomatic corps was dedicated to deepening cooperation within the Western Hemisphere.

Her long-delayed confirmation as ambassador to Mexico came none too soon for the much-neglected two-way relationship, and nearly 10 months of caretaker diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

Jacobson had previously served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, and spent four years as director of the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and four years as assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Jacobson diplomatically shepherded through the delicate transition of U.S.-Cuban ties out of an archaic Cold War-era animosity into a more realistic and upbeat budding rapprochement.

During her stint in Mexico, she maneuvered numerous difficult situations with grace and decorum, always keeping a discreet smile on her face but firmly presenting her government’s views and positions.

Focusing always on areas of bilateral agreement and cooperation, Jacobson tactfully downplayed two-way tensions between the United States and Mexico.




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