President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate several key Administrative posts. Amongst these is Roberta S. Jacobson, F86, for the role of Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State.
“It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join this Administration to serve the American people,” said President Obama. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”
Roberta S. Jacobson currently serves as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Secretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) at the Department of State. Previously, Ms. Jacobson served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Canada, Mexico and NAFTA issues (2007-2010), Director of the Office of Mexican Affairs (2003-2007), and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lima (2000-2002). From 1996 to 2000, Ms. Jacobson served as Director of the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination in WHA. She began her career at the Department of State as a Presidential Management Intern (PMI). Ms. Jacobson received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.