Claudia Ruiz Massieu
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
THE UNITED STATES OF MEXICO
Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Universidad Iberoamericana, Campus Santa Fe, Mexico, and earned a Master’s Degree in Comparative Public Policy from FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales). She holds a diploma on Constitutional Law and Political Science from the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales of Madrid, Spain, and is a PhD candidate of Law Science from Universidad de Granada, Spain.
Minister Ruiz Massieu was a research assistant and a member of the International Trade Unit at the Legal Research Institute of Mexico’s National Autonomous University, and Professor of Constitutional Law and Contemporary Legal Systems at Universidad Anáhuac.
Claudia Ruiz Massieu was first elected to Mexico's House of Representatives in 2003. She returned to Congress as a Federal Congresswoman in 2009, where she served as Secretary of the Interior Committee and member of the Budget, Public Accounts and Finance Committees. She was a member of the Steering Committee of the Congressional Public Finances Research Center and was also a member of the Mexico-Poland and Mexico-United States Friendship Inter-parliamentary Groups. As Congresswoman she was also a member of the Joint Mexico-European Union Commission. In 2012 she ran for a seat in the Federal Senate representing the State of Guerrero.
In the Executive Branch, Ms Ruiz Massieu served as Chief of Staff to the Executive Secretary of the National Public Security System at the Federal Public Security Ministry and as head of the Institutional Planning, Development and Innovation Department at the Office of Mexico's Attorney General.
As a member of the current governing party, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, Ms Ruiz Massieu chaired the National Citizen Outreach Movement. She has also been a very active public speaker and lecturer, a columnist for Mexico’s El Universal newspaper, and a frequent Op-Ed contributor to Mexican political magazines such as Confluencia XXI and Examen. She has also appeared on television as a political and social analyst in Efecto TV channel and the Frente a Frente program hosted by Mexican anchor, Lolita de la Vega.
In 2012, she became a member of President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto’s transition team, as Head of the Human Rights and Transparency Unit.
Ms Ruiz Massieu has been awarded with the French Ordre national du Mérite (as Grand Officier), the Order of the British Empire (as Dame Commander), and the Portuguese Ordem do Mérito (Grã-Cruz class).
In July 2015, she was admitted as a full member to Mexico’s National Academy of History and Geography.
Claudia Ruiz Massieu served as Minister of Tourism from 1 December 2012 to 27 August 2015, and was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs on 27 August 2015.