Linda Jewell is a career diplomat and senior member of the foreign service who has served in a number of posts all over the world, including Jakarta, Mexico City, New Delhi and Warsaw. She is the former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ecuador. Prior to her post in Ecuador she was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Mexico and Canada, focusing especially on trade and border issues. She also served as Director of the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica and as Director of the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs of United States Information Agency.