Ambassador
US DEPT. OF STATE: 2016

Her Excellency Claudia Franco Hijuelos
Consulate General of Mexico
320 E. McDowell Road, Suite 105
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Tel. 602.242.7398 Fax. 602.242.2957
conphoenix@sre.gob.mx

ABOUT AMBASSADOR FRANCO

Claudia Franco Hijuelos is a career diplomat.  She was promoted to the rank of Ambassador in April 2017.  She was appointed Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix (July 2016-present), and previously served as Consul General of Mexico to Yukon, North West Territories and British Columbia (2013-2016) in Vancouver, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OECD in Paris, 2010-2013, and as Minister in charge of Political Affairs at the Mission of Mexico to the European Union, 2007-2010, having contributed to the successful negotiations that led to the Mexico-EU Strategic Partnership.

Her experience at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs includes responsibilities as Director of Political Affairs for North America, Adviser to the Minister, and Technical Secretary to the Steering Group of high officials of various government agencies during the process towards Mexico’s membership to the OECD, achieved in 1994.

Claudia Franco served as Director for International Labor Policy (1995-1996) and was promoted to Assistant undersecretary for International Affairs at the Ministry of Labor in Mexico (1998). She again served in that capacity from 2000 to 2005.

She has taught at several major universities in Mexico, and published specialized articles on Mexican foreign policy topics related to energy, lobbying, civil society and foreign policy, and NAFTA’s Labor side agreement.

She has a Master’s Degree in US Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an undergraduate degree in International Relations from El Colegio de México.

She is fluent in English and French.