Nelson Cunningham

Fellow: Chair, Latin America Policy Initiative

Nelson W. Cunningham is Chair of NDN's Latin America Policy Initiative. He was Special Advisor to President Clinton for Western Hemisphere Affairs and previously served as a lawyer at the White House and as General Counsel to Senator Joseph Biden. Prior, Mr. Cunningham was a federal prosecutor in New York under then-US Attorney Rudolph Giuliani. He was a foreign policy and trade advisor to the 2004 Kerry campaign and a member of the Obama-Biden transition team. As co-founder and managing partner of McLarty Associates, he has built it into a global firm serving clients in every major market in the world. Mr. Cunningham serves on the boards of the Institute of the Americas, the Business Council for International Understanding, the American Security Project, and the US-India Business Council, and is a member of the Yale President's Council on International Activities. He speaks fluent Spanish, and is a graduate of Yale College and Stanford Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.