Eric George Nelson, who earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Rice University in 1983, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the nation’s ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Nelson was nominated for the Balkan post last August by President Donald Trump and was confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 2. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Nelson previously served as deputy executive secretary and director of the Office of the Executive Secretariat in the Office of the Secretary of State (2015-2018). In October, during his testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Nelson said:
“The U.S. will continue our efforts to counter malign foreign influence and violent extremism, strengthen law enforcement and increase border security. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a committed partner on counterterrorism and deploys with Allied troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. supports Bosnia’s continued progress towards NATO membership and Western democratic values.”
From 2013 to 2015, Nelson was director of the Office of eDiplomacy, and served as deputy chief of mission and interim chargés d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica from 2010 to 2013. Nelson earlier held diplomatic posts in Pakistan, Germany, Italy and the Dominican Republic.
Nelson started his career in public service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia. In 2013-2014, he was a fellow in Seminar XXI of the Center for International Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After leaving Rice he earned an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.