Milena Mayorga, Salvadoran Ambassador to the United States

By Eddie Galdamez  | Updated on Jan 7th, 2023
Milena Mayorga at the White House.Milena Mayorga at the White House.

Milena Mayorga is the current Salvadoran ambassador to the United States. Previously, Mayorga served as a deputy at the Legislative Assembly representing San Salvador; she won her legislative seat in the 2018 elections.

Before becoming a politician and now ambassador to the United States, Milena Mayorga worked in the communication industry, where she had a long and illustrious career.

Mayorga is a former model and beauty contestant who represented El Salvador at Miss Universe 1996.

Milena Mayorga, Salvadoran ambassador to the USA.

In September 2020, The President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, swore in Milena Mayorga as ambassador of El Salvador to the United States. Milena Mayorga began her function as ambassador to the United States and arrived in Washington in December of the same year.

I am going to reach every corner of the United States where Salvadorans are. I am going to reach every consulate to improve and bring government services closer to our brothers abroad. Milena Mayorga.

Ambassador Milena Mayorga
Swearing in ceremony as ambassador.

Although her political affiliation was with the right-wing political party, ARENA, Mayorga had been a sympathizer of the Bukele government and distanced herself from ARENA, a party from which she resigned.

During her tenure as ambassador, Mayorga has had to deal with issues such as the cancellation of the temporary protection status (TPS) that Salvadorans face regularly. She has also had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, bitcoin, and hectic relations with the U.S. Government.

Milena Mayorga’s political career.

Mayorga’s first position as a public servant came in the 2018 elections; Milena Mayorga was elected to represent the department of San Salvador in the Legislative Assembly. She ran and won her seat under the banner of the right-wing political party ARENA.

However, in June 2020, Mayorga resigned from her association with the right-wing political party and declared herself an independent politician. Milena accused the leadership of the Nationalist Republican Alliance party of corruption, among other things.

Mayorga’s last two years as a deputy were frantic, as the ARENA political party didn’t cancel her political affiliation; therefore, she could not seek reelection for the 2021 elections. Also, the ARENA leadership at the Legislative Assembly prevented her from voicing her opinion on significant elections during the plenary sessions.

Deputy Milena Mayorga
Deputy Milena Mayorga during a Plenary Session.

Milena Mayorga’s career in the communication industry.

Milena has had a long and distinguished career in the communication industry; she hosted and Co-produced the Milena Tu Amiga TV program on Channel 12, which was successful for many years. Additionally, she hosted the program HOLA El Salvador on the same channel.

Milena was also a columnist for Ella Magazine. Furthermore, she was a political columnist for La Prensa Grafica newspaper and a news anchor for Teledos News for ten years.

Mayorga received multiple recognitions and awards during her distinguished career in the communications industry.

Milena Mayorga at the White House
Milena Mayorga at the White House.

Milena Mayorga Education.

From 2009 to 2012, she studied and obtained a diploma in Theology from the Theological Institute for Extension or INSTE.

In 2017, she studied a course on Central American integration and political science at the Central American Institute for Political Studies INCEP in Guatemala.

From 1998 to 2002, Milena earned a Bachelor of Social Communication with a specialization in Marketing from the Monica Herrera School of Communications 2002. Additionally, she received Advertising Technician recognition from the same institution.

From 1995 to 1997, Mayorga studied Theology and English at Tulane University in New Orleans, USA.