Officially In: David D. Nelson to Montevideo

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On October 7 President Obama announced his intent to nominate David D. Nelson to be his Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. The WH released the following official bio:

David D. Nelson has served as Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs (EEB) since January 2009 and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of EEB, with specific responsibility for International Finance and Development since June 2008. In those functions, Mr. Nelson has been responsible for providing the Secretary of State with advice on a full range of international economic issues.

Mr. Nelson is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He has previously served as Executive Assistant to the 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. He has also served on the National Security Council as Senior Coordinator for the Sea Island G-8 Summit, and has been posted abroad in Berlin, Madrid, Bonn, Quito, Montevideo and Merida.

Mr. Nelson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, and earned a Masters Degree in Economics at the University of Maryland.

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If confirmed, Mr. Nelson would succeed Frank Baxter of California who was appointed US Ambassador to Uruguay in 2006-2009. He would take over the reins of running the US Embassy in Montevideo from Robin Matthewman, the charge d’affaires.

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