Ambassador Lino Gutierrez

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Ambassador Lino Gutierrez (ret.)


Ambassador Lino Gutierrez is CEO of Gutierrez Global LLC, a consulting firm specializing in strategic advice for corporations interested in investing in Latin America and Europe.  He is a Principal in Bandler & Gutierrez Associates, and serves as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University.

Specialty Areas:

  • Strategic Advice
  • Politico-Military Affairs
  • Latin America, Europe
  • International Trade
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Speaking and Events
  • Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Anti-Corruption


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In 2007, Gutierrez Global LLC signed a one-year contract with the Department of Commerce.  Ambassador Gutierrez served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez on Cuba transition and Latin America from 2007-09.


Amb. Lino GutierrezAfter a 29-year career in which he served six U.S. Presidents and 13 Secretaries of State, Lino Gutierrez retired from the Department of State in November 2006.  His last posting was as Ambassador to Argentina from 2003-2006.  During his tenure, the United States and Argentina signed agreements on counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics cooperation, and container security.   Gutierrez welcomed President Bush to Argentina to attend the Summit of the Americas.  

Gutierrez also served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere affairs in Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from 1999-2002.  He led the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs during on September 11, 2001 and beyond.

In 1996, President Clinton nominated Lino Gutierrez to serve as Ambassador to Nicaragua.  After being confirmed by the Senate, he served until1999.  While in Nicaragua, Ambassador Gutierrez coordinated the relief effort after Hurricane Mitch.  Other overseas postings included tours in the Dominican Republic, Portugal, Haiti, France and the Bahamas.

From 2002-2003, Gutierrez occupied the George Kennan chair as International Affairs Advisor at the National War College.  Gutierrez is currently adjunct professor at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University.

Gutierrez has been the recipient of the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award, Superior Honor Award (twice) and Meritorious Honor Award (three times).  He has also earned the U.S. Army's civilian award.

A native of Havana, Cuba, Gutierrez has a master's and bachelor's from the University of Alabama, and also attended the University of Miami.  After graduating from college, he taught social studies for the Dade County (Fla.) school system and the Urban League.  He is married to the former Miriam Messina from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  The couple has three daughters and three grandchildren.

Ambassador Lino Gutierrez

Phone: 703-909-0290

Fax: 703-329-0822