commissioner Juan GonzalezJuan González served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, where he led US diplomatic engagement in Central America and the Caribbean. He is currently a principal at JSG Strategy.

In addition to serving at the State Department, González was a special advisor to Joe Biden from 2013 to 2015, accompanying the vice president on seven visits to Latin America and coordinating the launch of the US-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue, the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative, and the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle of Central America. From 2011 to 2013, he was National Security Council director for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Prior to joining the White House, González served in a variety of positions at the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, including Chief of Staff to Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala in 2001.

González holds an M.A. from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he is currently adjunct faculty in the Center for Latin American Studies. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Penn Biden Center for Global Diplomacy and Global Management, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the Washington Office on Latin America, and a member of the Advisory Board of Foreign Policy for America.