WASHINGTON, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cohen Group has announced that Juan S. Gonzalez, a well-respected U.S. diplomat focusing on Latin America, has joined the firm as an Associate Vice President. He joins and will lead a very active Latin America practice at the firm, which includes former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Jeff Davidow.
Prior to joining The Cohen Group, Juan spent 16 years of government service focused on Latin America and the Caribbean with the State Department, the National Security Council, and the Office of the Vice President. A recent Huffington Post article described Juan as "among the most influential diplomatic operatives in U.S.-Latin American relations."
As Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Juan led U.S. diplomatic engagement in Central America and the Caribbean, during which he oversaw nearly one billion dollars in U.S. aid toward Central America. As Special Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden from 2013 to 2015, Juan was the principal architect of the Vice President's regional engagement during the second term of the Obama-Biden Administration, including rebalancing U.S. economic policy toward Mexico, active diplomatic economic and political cooperation with Brazil, and the launch of a White House-led Caribbean Energy Security Initiative.
From 2011 to 2013, Juan served as National Security Council Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, during which he coordinated U.S. policy formulation in the Andean region (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela).
Prior to his time at the White House, Juan served in a variety of Latin America and the Caribbean-focused positions at the State Department, including Chief of Staff to Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. Juan is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and graduated from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is a native of Cartagena, Colombia.
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With offices in Washington, London, Beijing, Tianjin, and New Delhi, The Cohen Group provides its clients the insights and intelligence needed to better understand and shape the business, political, legal, regulatory, and media environments in which they operate. This includes both developing strategic business plans to help clients achieve their objectives, and actively participating with clients in the execution of those plans. The Cohen Group practice groups include Aerospace & Defense; Homeland Security; China; India; Telecommunications and Information Technology; Energy & Resources; Transportation & Logistics; Health Care & Life Sciences; Financial Services & Investment; and Real Estate, serving clients in North America, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, Russia, Australia, Africa and Latin America.
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