Ambassador Bárcena was appointed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and ratified by the Mexican Senate in December 2018, becoming the first female Ambassador to hold this position.
Ambassador Bárcena joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979. Before arriving in Washington, D.C., she was posted as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Rome-based Agencies. She also served as Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, non-resident to Georgia and the Republics of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan; Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, non-resident to the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland, and as Consul in Barcelona.
She holds a degree in Communication Sciences from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, and a degree in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. She also earned a Master’s Degree in International Studies and a Master’s Degree in Political Philosophy.