President Enrique Peña Nieto named Gerónimo Gutiérrez Ambassador of Mexico to the United States on January 13, 2017, and after his ratification by the Mexican Senate on February 23, he took possession of the embassy on March 2nd of the same year.
Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernandez served as Managing Director of the North American Development Bank (NADB) headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, where his professional activity was focused on infrastructure development and financing along the U.S.-Mexico border. Under his leadership, NADB grew its loan portfolio at an average annual rate of 32%, reaching US$1.4 billion in 2016, and placed several successful bond issues in the U.S. and European markets, while maintaining a strong financial position and AA credit ratings.
With a diverse 15-year career in the Mexican federal government, Gutierrez previously served in prominent positions in the areas of trade, finance, diplomacy and national security under four presidents. In 2009 and 2010, he served as Deputy Secretary for Governance and Homeland Security.He served as Under Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (State Department) from 2006 to 2009 and as Under Secretary for North America from 2003 to 2006. Gutierrez has also held federal government positions as Under Secretary of Governance in the Secretaría de Gobernación (Interior Ministry), Secretaría de Economía (Commerce Department), Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público (Treasury Department), the Office of the President, and Banobras (Mexico’s national public works bank).
On the political front, he worked as part of President-elect Vicente Fox’s transition team; as Director of the Miguel Estrada Iturbide Foundation, the think-tank wing of Mexico’s center-right party, PAN (Partido Acción Nacional); and as Chief of Staff of the party’s Parliamentary Group.
Gutiérrez holds both a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, for which he received a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholarship. He has contributed editorials to several Mexican and U.S. newspapers and magazines, and also participates regularly as a keynote speaker in conferences related to U.S.-Mexico relations, border affairs and international business