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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Julissa Reynoso, 1999

Partner, Winston & Stran

Julissa Reynoso is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Columbia University

JULISSA REYNOSO is the former United States Ambassador to Uruguay. Ms. Reynoso also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central American, Caribbean and Cuban Affairs in the US Department of State. Currently, she is a partner at Winston & Stran in New York City.

Julissa was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the South Bronx in 1982.

Julissa graduated from Harvard University with a degree in government and then obtained a master's in philosophy from the Cambridge University. Having completed her JD at Columbia University, she served as a law clerk in the Southern District of New York.

Julissa has done extensive work in the areas of development and human rights, working for organizations like the Ethiopian Human Rights Council, Harvard Law School's Human Rights Program, the Saguaro Seminar on Social Capital at Harvard University, the Inter-American Development Bank, Columbia University's Human Rights Program, the Center for the Study of Violence at the University of Sao Paulo and the African-American Policy Forum.

Julissa is co-founder of Dominicans 2000, Inc., a civic organization based out of New York which focuses on empowering the Dominican community in the United States. She served on the planning board of the Dominican Women's Caucus, Project Enterprise, the African-American Policy Forum and New Yorkers Say No to War. She was a 2002 recepient of the Union Square Award for innovative approaches to community building.

Julissa was an associate in the litigation department at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP and a fellow at Columbia University School of Law. She ran an immigration law clinic in upper Manhattan in collaboration with the Legal Aid Society, Columbia University and Alianza Dominicana. Her article entitled "Putting Out Fires Before They Start: Organizing and Collaborative Governance" was published in the Journal of Law and Inequality.

Prior to her current role as ambassador, Julissa was also the Deputy Special Envoy to Latin America for the Department of State, in this position she was responsible for the US State Department's work in Haiti.

  • JD Law | Columbia University 2001
  • MPhil Philosophy, Development Studies | University of Cambridge 1998
  • BA Government, Latin Studies | Harvard University 1997
Work History
  • Winston & Stran, Partner
  • Chadbourne & Parke, Partner