Melville Jr. James D. - Republic of Estonia - June 2015


REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE


SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Republic of Estonia

CANDIDATE: James D. Melville, Jr.


James D. Melville, Jr., a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Berlin, Germany, a position he has held since 2012. Mr. Melville is well known as an outstanding manager, someone with the ability to build productive and efficient teams in pursuit of U.S. interests. His deep understanding of the political and economic dynamics of Europe, combined with his familiarity with political-military issues, makes him well qualified to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Estonia.

Mr. Melville previously served as Executive Director of the Bureaus of European and Eurasian Affairs, and International Organization Affairs (2010-2012). Prior to that, he served as Minister-Counselor for Management at U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom (2008-2010), and at U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia (2005-2008). Mr. Melville also served as Management Officer and as Supervisory General Services Officer at U.S. Embassy Paris, France (2001-2005), and as Administrative Officer at the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium (1997-2001). Prior to that, he served as a Foreign Service Examiner with the Department’s Bureau of Human Resources (1996-1997), Senior Watch Officer in the Executive Secretariat Operations Center (1995-1996), and Legislative Management Officer in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs (1993-1995). His early assignments in the Foreign Service included serving as Administrative Officer in Leningrad, Russia, Consular Officer in Victoria, Seychelles and Assistant General Services Officer in Berlin, in the former German Democratic Republic.

Mr. Melville earned a B.A. from Boston University in 1979, and a J.D. from Rutgers University in 1982. He has won numerous Department performance awards. He speaks German, Russian and French.