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Mexico And U.S. Change Leadership In Their Embassies

Esteban Moctezuma
Gobierno de Mexico
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Mexico's Education Secretary Esteban Moctezuma was nominated as ambassador to the United States on Dec. 16, 2020.

MEXICO CITY — In December, Mexico’s ambassador in the U.S. resigned. The surprise announcement raised many questions, but the U.S. has now ratified the new ambassador: a former secretary that has worked for several administrations and parties. Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy in Mexico awaits for a new leader.

Martha Bárcena was the first Mexican female ambassador in the U.S. In mid-December, the 63-year-old stated that she would retire from diplomacy. 

Sources say tensions between her and Mexico’s federal government arose when the president declined her advice to congratulate Joe Biden earlier.

Esteban Moctezuma, the new ambassador, was Mexico’s secretary of education. He had also worked in the '90s as secretary of State, secretary of Social Development and senator.

Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy in Mexico awaits for the new appointment. Christopher Landau has officially left his role as ambassador and departed from Mexico. 

Landau gained popularity in Mexico by showing interest in the Mexican culture, while tweeting in Spanish.   

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.