| Nelson Cunningham |
(lawyer, deep state operative)
|Alma mater||Yale University, Stanford University|
|Member of||Atlantic Council, Council on Foreign Relations/Members, Kissinger Associates, McLarty Associates, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Truman National Security Project/Board|
|Interests|| • Latin America|
• Export–Import Bank of the United States
Well-connected Kissinger associate
Nelson Cunningham is an American attorney and a Democratic political advisor who served in the presidential administrations of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and also advised Joe Biden.
He is a member of the Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, a past member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and past Chairman of the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee.
A member of Kissinger Associates, he is a co-founder of the Democratic Party's security think-tank Truman Project and an active member of the equally deep state Atlantic Council.
Early life and education
He spent much of his childhood in Latin America, where he lived in seven different countries throughout the region and became fluent in Spanish. He attended Yale University (class of 1980) and Stanford Law School, where he edited the Stanford Law Review.
After graduating from law school, Cunningham worked for Hale and Dorr, a private law firm in Boston. In 1984 he was a staffer on the successful Senate campaign of John Kerry. In 1988, he was hired by Rudolph Giuliani to serve as federal prosecutor in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
In 1994 and 1995, he served as General Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee under then-chairman Joe Biden. He served on the White House staff under President Bill Clinton as Special Advisor to the President for Western Hemisphere affairs and advised the John Kerry 2004 presidential campaign on foreign policy and trade issues. He was also a member of the Obama–Biden transition team after their electoral victory in 2008.
In 1998, he co-founded Kissinger McLarty Associates (KMA), where he served as managing partner, a role he continues at McLarty Associates, one of the two successors to KMA. McLarty is a Washington, D.C.-based strategic advisory firm that advises companies on government and strategic issues around the world.
As of 2009, he serves on several boards, including the Institute of the Americas, the Business Council for International Understanding, the American Security Project, and the US-India Business Council. He also chairs the New Democratic Network's Latin America Policy Initiative and is a member of the Yale President's Council on International Activities and the United States Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy.
Additionally, Cunningham serves as President of the Board of the American Security Project, a think tank founded by then-Senator John Kerry in 2005; Vice Chair of the boards of the Business Council for International Understanding(BCIU) and of the Institute of the Americas; and is past Chair of NDN’s Latin America Policy Initiative. Nelson is also on the board of the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers(NAFSA). He is an active member of the boards of the Atlantic Council and the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, and is a member of the Yale President’s Council on International Activities, the Council of the Americas, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
After Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 United States presidential election, Cunningham has been mentioned as a possible appointee for a position within the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
Events Participated in
|Brussels Forum/2014||21 March 2014||24 March 2014||Belgium|
|Yearly discreet get-together of huge amount of transatlantic politicians, media and military and corporations, under the auspices of the CIA-close German Marshall Fund. The theme in 2014 was A World in Transition|
|Brussels Forum/2015||20 March 2015||22 March 2015||Germany|
|Yearly discreet get-together of huge amount of transatlantic politicians, media and military and corporations, under the auspices of the CIA-close German Marshall Fund. The 2015 main theme was (R)evolution.|
|WEF/Annual Meeting/2004||21 January 2004||25 January 2004||World Economic Forum|
|2068 billionaires, CEOs and their politicians and "civil society" leaders met under the slogan Partnering for Prosperity and Security. "We have the people who matter," said World Economic Forum Co-Chief Executive Officer José María Figueres.|
|WEF/Annual Meeting/2011||26 January 2011||30 January 2011||World Economic Forum|
|2229 guests in Davos|
|WEF/Annual Meeting/2013||23 January 2013||27 January 2013||World Economic Forum|
|2500 mostly unelected leaders met to discuss "leading through adversity"|
|WEF/Annual Meeting/2017||17 January 2017||20 January 2017||World Economic Forum|
|2951 known participants|
|WEF/Annual Meeting/2019||22 January 2019||25 January 2019||World Economic Forum|
- ↑ a b c https://www.yale-nus.edu.sg/about/the-governing-board/mr-nelson-w-cunningham/
- ↑ a b c https://web.archive.org/web/20120227140152/https://www.trumanproject.org/about/people/senior-fellows/nelson-cunningham
- ↑ https://politi.co/2Q1blyz
- ↑ a b Managing Political Risk 2009 - Speaker Biographies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
- ↑ Reputation, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (successor firm to Hale and Dorr). Retrieved 2010-08-27.
- ↑ https://maglobal.com/politico-nelson-w-cunningham-on-bob-muellers-white-hot-summer/}
- ↑ http://www.opensecrets.org/revolving/rev_summary.php?id=70798
- ↑ The United States & Colombia: What comes next?, Center for American Progress; biographical note for a July 18, 2006 event. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
- ↑ Cunningham, Nelson, opensecrets.org (Center for Responsive Politics), retrieved 2010-08-27, gives the dates 1995-98, and erroneously refers to the position as "Senate Executive Office of the President Committee" rather than "Executive Office of the President". Cunningham's own page on LinkedIn, retrieved 2010-08-27, says he served as "Special Advisor to the President, Office of Special Envoy for the Americas" in 1997–1998
- ↑ https://politi.co/2HU07NN