A 30-year veteran of the
Now, Jacobson will head to Mexico City, a post critical to both countries' concerns about trade and border security and efforts to dismantle the powerful and violent drug cartels there. The U.S. and Mexico have a big and complex relationship involving multiple agencies and officials in both countries; the White House says the link supports more than $1.3 billion in trade each day.
"She is a proven senior State Department leader who already has deep and close working relationships with key stakeholders in the U.S.-Mexico relationship on both sides of the border," the official said, requesting anonymity in discussing the president's plans.
From 2010 to 2012, Jacobson was the principal deputy assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and before that served stints as deputy assistant secretary for Canada, Mexico and
She graduated from Brown University and earned a master's from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University outside Boston.