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An Evening with the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

  • 14 Oct 2021
  • 6:30 PM
  • Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Valencia Lawn, 4949 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253


PCFR presents an evening with the

Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

Esteban Moctezuma

Join the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix for an evening with the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Esteban Moctezuma. In his keynote speech, Ambassador Moctezuma will highlight Mexico’s main priorities for a successful bilateral relationship with the United States, including the platform provided by the USMCA to enable a secure and predictable trading relationship among the two countries.

Following his remarks, Ambassador Moctezuma will be joined by Andres Martinez of Arizona State University for a fireside chat. Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions for Ambassador Moctezuma.


October 14, 2021

6:30 PM Networking

7:00 PM Dinner & Program

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

4949 E Lincoln Dr

Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Dinner will be held outdoors in the Valencia Lawn


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About Ambassador Esteban Moctezuma

Ambassador Moctezuma was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to the United States of America by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He was ratified by the Senate of the Republic in February 2021 with 115 votes in favor of 116 attending senators.

He was Secretary of Public Education since 2018. Among his government positions, he previously served as Secretary of Social Development (1998-1999); Federal Senator of the Republic (1997-1998); Secretary of Interior (1994-1995); Undersecretary of Educational Planning and Coordination (1993-1994) and Chief Administrative Officer (1992-1993) at the Secretariat of Public Education; Chief Administrative Officer at the Secretariat of Programming and Budget (1988-1992); and Secretary of Administration for the Government of the State of Sinaloa (1982-1987). He was responsible for implementing the autonomy of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (1994).

Ambassador Moctezuma holds a degree in Economics by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He also earned a Master’s degree in Economic Development from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and completed a course on Regional Development in Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the University of Sciences and Arts of Chiapas.

Regarding his career in civil society, he served as Executive President of Fundación Azteca (2001-2018); promoter of the System of Children's and Youth Symphony Orchestras Esperanza Azteca (2009-2018); trainer of Youth of Excellence through the Bicentennial Generation Scholarships (2010-2018); promoter of the program for the conservation of natural protected areas ¡Que viva la Selva Lacandona! (2004-2018); responsible for the campaign Limpiemos nuestro México (2009-2018); member of the Board of Directors at the Mexican Foundation of Health (2004-2018); President of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Public Health (2011-2015); Assembly Member at the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (2013-2017); Vice President of the organization "Entrepreneurs in Basic Education" and President of "Social Commitment for the Quality and Equity of Education".

Ambassador Moctezuma has been a columnist for several Mexican newspapers and has written several books.


Andres Martinez

Special Advisor to the President

Future Tense Editorial Director & Professor of Practice,

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University

Andrés Martinez is a Special Advisor to Arizona State University President Michael Crow, a professor of practice in the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, a Global Sport Scholar at the Global Sport Institute, and the Editorial Director of Future Tense, a Washington, D.C.-based ideas journalism partnership between ASU, Slate magazine, and New America. Martinez is focused on building media and research partnerships for ASU in both Mexico and Washington. He writes and speaks often on the future of technology, media, sport, and the US-Mexico relationship. He is currently working on a book project focused on sport and globalization. Martinez teaches courses on ideas journalism, opinion writing, and the business and politics of sport. He is a columnist for Mexico City's Reforma newspaper.

Martinez is a director of both the US-Mexico Foundation and the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and has also been the editorial director and executive editor of ASU-affiliated Zócalo Public Square in Los Angeles. Prior to joining ASU in 2014, Martinez was vice president and director of the Fellows Program at the New America Foundation, an independent Washington think tank. Martinez has also been the editorial page editor of The Los Angeles Times and an assistant editorial page editor at The New York Times, where he was a 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series of editorials on the impact of U.S. farm subsidies on the developing world. Martinez had earlier been a business reporter at The Wall Street Journal and at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1994-95), as well as an editorial writer at the Post-Gazette (1995-97).

Before taking up journalism, Martinez practiced communications law at Verner Liipfert in Washington, D.C., and served as a law clerk for Federal District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer in Dallas. He is the co-editor of Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow (Unnamed Press, 2019) and the author of 24/7: Living It Up and Doubling Down in the New Las Vegas (Villard Random House, 1999). A native of Mexico, Martinez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at Yale, a Master of Arts degree in Russian history at Stanford University, and a Juris Doctor degree at Columbia University Law School, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review.

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