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Ambassador Nelson was confirmed by the United States Senate as Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay on December 24, 2009. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Nelson served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs (EB) prior to his nomination. In that position he provided the Secretary of State with advice on the full range of international economic issues.
He has previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in EEB, 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.
Ambassador Nelson was born in Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, and earned a Masters Degree in Economics at the University of Maryland. He speaks Spanish and German.