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James D. Nealon

James D. Nealon

George W. Bush Institute

James D. Nealon retired in 2018 after 34 years with the federal government - 33 as a Foreign Service Officer, and the last year at the Department of Homeland Security. His recent assignments included Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at DHS; U.S. Ambassador to Honduras from 2014 to 2017; and Civilian Deputy to the Commander of U.S. Southern Command in Miami from 2013 to 2014. Nealon also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Ottawa, Lima and Montevideo, and as Charge d'Affaires in Montevideo from 2005 to 2006. He also served overseas in Chile, the Philippines, Hungary, and Spain in various public diplomacy positions.  

He is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in History. Jim and his wife Kristin, a teacher, have been married since 1982 and have four adult children. They currently live in Exeter, New Hampshire where Jim writes and speaks on immigration and U.S. policy in Central America, makes decent homemade wine, and bores friends and neighbors with tales of his cross-country bike ride in 2019. 

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