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James D. Walsh
Ambassador to Argentina

James D. Walsh was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina on June 28, 2000. His most recent assignment was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. Prior to that, he was Diplomat in Residence at Florida International University in Miami. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Canada (1993-96) and Argentina (1991-93).

Ambassador Walsh was born August 9, 1946, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton, and took a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He also pursued doctoral studies as a Rotary Foundation Fellow in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the 1970s.

Ambassador Walsh worked as a contract negotiator for the U.S. Department of the Navy from 1971-72, then entered the U.S. Foreign Service. His early assignments included the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya (1973-75), Department of State (1975-77) and Director of the U.S. Dispatch Agency in San Francisco, California (1977-79).

Transferring to the Foreign Commercial Service, he served as Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City from 1979-81, after which he became Director of the European Logistic Support Office in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1981-83. During the period 1983-85, Ambassador Walsh was Director of the Joint Administrative Office at the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe.

From 1985-86, he attended the National Defense College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, and then served as U.S. Consul General at Halifax, Canada, from 1986-89. He was then assigned to the American Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Counselor for Political Affairs, in 1989.

Ambassador Walsh is married to the former Marian Vandevenne, a native of Ontario, Canada. They have a daughter, Rebecca, who was born in Mexico City in 1980.

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