In April 3, 1980 Julian Nava became the first Mexican-American appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico under the Carter Administration. He presented his credentials to Mexican President José López Portillo at a grand ceremony at the Palacio Presidental. This photograph comes from this ceremony. However, when President Carter was not re-elected in 1980, the Reagan administration declined to keep Nava in his position and instead informed Nava that his successor had been selected. Nava left the embassy on April 3, 1981. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Julian Nava became one of the first Mexican-American graduates of Pomona College and one of the first Mexican-American doctoral students at Harvard University. He went on to have a distinguished career as professor of history at California State University, Northridge, member of the Los Angeles Board of Education, and United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1980 to 1981. 8 in. x 10 in.