Eric Nelson, a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Counselor, was appointed as Deputy Executive Secretary and Director of the Executive Office of the Executive Secretariat on June 2, 2015. He leads the teams that provide support services to the principal officers of the Department and their staffs, including information management, travel, human resources, budget and finance, and logistics.
Eric previously served as Director of the Office of eDiplomacy in the Bureau of Information Resources Management, Deputy Chief of Mission in Costa Rica and Consul General in Munich. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1990, he has also served overseas in Islamabad, Milan, Mexico City, Frankfurt and Santo Domingo, and in Washington in the Bureau of Administration. During his career tenure, he has received numerous awards for effective leadership, including honorable mention in the Department’s Innovation in the Use of Technology Award as well as Superior Honor Awards and Meritorious Honor Awards. In 2014, he was selected by Fedscoop magazine as one of fourteen visionary leaders in federal information technology.
Eric began his career in public service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia.
In 2013-2014, Eric was a fellow in Seminar XXI of the Center for International Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.