Mexico's new head consul in St. Paul stresses service, stronger ties

a man stands next to a Mexican flag inside of a building
Ivan Roberto Sierra Medel is the official representative of Mexico for Mexican citizens across a swath of the Upper Midwest.
Courtesy of the Mexican Consulate in St. Paul

Ivan Roberto Sierra Medel, Mexico’s new head consul in St. Paul, arrived in the Twin Cities recently after 28 years working in diplomatic service around the world. He serves as Mexico’s official representative for Mexican citizens in Minnesota and across the Upper Midwest.

The consulate helps with a range of services, including passports and other documentation. It’s working now with local health groups to provide free COVID-19 vaccinations.

“This is the house of all Mexicans, and we are very happy to put ourselves at the service of the community,” he said of his office.

MPR News spoke to Sierra recently about his new job and its importance in the region. Click on the play button above to hear more.

Correction (Oct. 19, 2021): An earlier version of this story misstated Sierra’s title with the consulate.

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