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Lino Gutierrez
Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Term of Appointment: 06/04/2001 to 01/02/2002

 Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez assumed the position of Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs on June 4,  2001. He had been Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau since August 1999.

From November 1996 to July 1999 Mr. Gutiérrez served as United States Ambassador to Nicaragua. During his tenure, Ambassador Gutiérrez coordinated the U.S. relief effort in Nicaragua following the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in October 1998. He received President Clinton when he visited the hurricane-affected areas in March 1999, the second visit by a U.S. President to Nicaragua.

A career diplomat, Ambassador Gutiérrez entered the Foreign Service in 1977 and was assigned to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 1979, he was posted to Lisbon, where he served in the Political Section. Two years later he was named Officer-in-Charge of Nicaraguan Affairs. He also served as Chief of the Political Section in Port-au-Prince, Haiti from 1983-85 and as Officer-in-Charge of Portuguese Affairs, 1985-87. Mr. Gutiérrez participated in the Grenada operations of October 1983.

From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Gutiérrez was posted to Paris, where he directed the Embassy’s Internal Political Unit. After completing that assignment, Ambassador Gutiérrez served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Nassau, Bahamas, until 1993. Between March and July of 1993, he served as Chargé d’Affaires in Nassau. From June 1994 until July 1996, he was the Director of the Office of Policy Planning, Coordination and Press in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. He assumed his duties as Ambassador to Nicaragua in December of 1996, until July, 1999.

A native of Havana, Cuba, Ambassador Gutiérrez was born on March 26, 1951. He attended the University of Miami and the University of Alabama, where he received a B.A. in Political Science (1972) and an M.A. in Latin American Studies (1976). Between 1973 and 1975, he was a social studies teacher for the Dade County School System and the Urban League in Miami, Florida.

Ambassador Gutiérrez is a recipient of the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award (twice) and Meritorious Honor Award (three times).   He is married and has three daughters. 



Released on June 13, 2001

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