David D. Nelson

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David D. Nelson

David Daniel Nelson (born 1956)[1] is a United States Foreign Service Officer and a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He has notably served as the United States Ambassador to Uruguay.


David D. Nelson was born in Minnesota.[2][3][4] He received a B.A. the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.[2][3][4][5]

From 1982 to 1984, he served as a diplomat in Montevideo, Uruguay.[3] He also served in Berlin, Madrid, Bonn, Quito, and the U.S. Consulate in Mérida, Yucatán.[4][5] He has worked for the National Security Council as Senior Coordinator for the Sea Island G-8 Summit.[5] He has served as Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs, as Director of the Office of Terrorism Finance and Economic Sanctions, Director of the Iraq Reconstruction Task Force, and as Director of the Office of Monetary Affairs.[3][4] Prior to becoming ambassador, he served as Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs.[3][4]

He speaks Spanish and German.[3][4]

United States Ambassador to Uruguay[edit]

He served as the United States Ambassador to Uruguayunder Barack Obama 2009–2011.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ David Daniel Nelson (1956–)
  2. ^ a b c Embassy biography Archived 2013-12-13 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "U.S. Senate Confirms Ambassador Nelson to Uruguay". U.S. Department of State, Embassy of the United States of America, Montevideo - Uruguay. Archived from the original on 28 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g State Department biography
  5. ^ a b c White House announcement

External links[edit]

Media related to David D. Nelson at Wikimedia Commons

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Frank E. Baxter
United States Ambassador to Uruguay
2009 to May 2011
Succeeded by
Thomas H. Lloyd