Elinane Cantanhede – Folha de S.P., 06/06/2013
Liliana Ayalde, 57, career diplomat, will be the new US ambassador in Brasilia. Her “agrément” (authorization) shall be granted by the Brazilian government tomorrow.
Born in Baltimore in March 1956, Ayalde is the daughter of a Colombian doctor and has worked for the USAID, a division of the U.S. government responsible for implementing the country’s foreign aid policy, since 1981.
She served the USAID, for example, in La Paz and Bogota, and in 2005, during president George W. Bush’s term, she was nominated as ambassador in Asuncion. She then returned to Washington through the USAID and since July of 2012, she has acted as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America, the Caribbean and Cuba under the Department of State.