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Nelson Cunningham Joins State Department as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment

Nelson W. Cunningham to join U.S. Department of State as Senior Advisor

Published on May 23, 2024

Nelson W. Cunningham will be joining the U.S. Department of State as a Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, where he will focus on a range of special projects, such as encouraging greater private sector participation in overseas critical minerals projects, forging common ground among stakeholders on how best to tackle plastics pollution, and developing a coherent framework for engaging with India on economic, energy, and environmental cooperation.

Cunningham is a longtime board member of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, American Chamber of Commerce India, and earlier the U.S.-India Business Council. He is also the co-founder and former president of McLarty Associates, advising clients on economic and policy issues around the globe since 1998. Previously, Cunningham worked in the Clinton Administration on Latin American and trade issues and was General Counsel to Senate Judiciary Chair, Joseph R. Biden. Earlier he served on the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Advisory Committee, where he was chair.

Newsdesk Staff