"Como esta la linea?" Balancing Security and Prosperity

  • April 22, 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 11355 N. Torrey Pines Rd
  • 55


  • Free for SDWAC members

Registration is closed

Monday, April 22, 2019

San Diego World Affairs Council

a 501(C)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization

is pleased to welcome

U.S. Consul General in Tijuana Sue Saarnio

to present:

"Como esta la linea?" 

Balancing Security and Prosperity

The U.S.-Mexico border is making national headlines, but many of us in the Cali-Baja region cross the border without a second thought. The challenge of securing America’s borders while making sure that legitimate travelers and trade move quickly and efficiently between the United States and Mexico requires smart solutions.  How do we convene stakeholders in the public and private sector in both of our countries? Where will the next big idea come from? What’s the next public-private partnership model? As the U.S. Consul General in Tijuana, veteran diplomat Sue Saarnio works with her team to achieve our foreign policy objectives and address critical issues for a 21st century border region. 

Whether it is facilitating legitimate travel, promoting study in the United States, supporting the rule of law, combating drug trafficking and international criminal organizations, or advocating for U.S. companies, border issues permeate every aspect of the Consulate General's job. Join Consul General Sue Saarnio for a discussion on bi-national cooperation in Cali-Baja and cross-border infrastructure:  how can we move forward together?

About our Speaker

Sue Saarnio is a career Foreign Service Officer with more than 30 years of experience on international trade and economic issues in the U.S. State Department.  She started her Foreign Service career serving in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. She most recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Energy Resources and Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.  Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Mexico, Canada, and Regional Economic Policy in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

She has served in the State Department’s Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Bureau as Deputy Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs and Director for Multilateral Trade Affairs. She was the U.S. Special Advisor for Conflict Diamonds.  She also has served at U.S. Embassies in Ottawa, Panama, and at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.

Prior to her government service, Ms. Saarnio worked as a journalist in Montana and Minnesota. She is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and attended the American University in Cairo, Egypt.  She has two children.

Monday, April 22, 2019


National University, Sanford Center Auditorium

11355 N. Torrey Pines Rd

La Jolla, CA 92037

Complimentary parking on the National University campus


Registration/Reception: 6:00-6:30

Presentation, followed by a Q&A: 6:30-8:00


Free for SDWAC Members

$10 for Non-Members

$5 for Student with ID

*Please note that the viewpoints expressed by speakers at SDWAC events are their own, and do not represent those of SDWAC. As a nonpartisan organization, SDWAC seeks to engage speakers who, together, represent a variety of viewpoints across the political spectrum in order to contribute to informed policy discussion and a meaningful exchange of ideas within the San Diego community.


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