US President Barack Obama nominated María Echaveste on Thursday as the new US ambassador to Mexico.
In case the Senate confirms it, Echaveste, 60 and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, will replace the current ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne and will be the first woman in that position.
The designation has been the product of a long consultation process.
Her origin, her experience in positions of responsibility in the White House since the Clinton era, her career as an expert and defender of immigration reform and civil rights, and her close relationship with Hillary Clinton could have been the factors on which she has based the Obama administration for your selection.
Echaveste is an anthropologist and lawyer, graduated from Stanford and Berkeley universities.
As the BBC Mundo correspondent in Washington, Thomas Sparrow, recalls, the nomination by President Obama is the first step on the path that Echaveste will have to take before he can assume his post in Mexico.
«Now her credentials must be studied in detail by the Senate, which has the power to confirm her in her post or reject her,» he explains.
«In that chamber there is currently a long list of diplomats awaiting confirmation on account of a political dispute between Democrats and Republicans,» adds Sparrow.