Brian A. Nichols, Deputy Chief of Mission
Mr. Nichols arrived in Bogota as Deputy Chief of Mission on August 2, 2007.
Prior to his appointment as DCM Bogota, Mr. Nichols served as the Director of the Office of Caribbean Affairs, coordinating U.S. policy toward 14 Caribbean countries, where he focused on the restoration of democracy in Haiti. He also advanced a U.S. - Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement and strengthened relations with the Caribbean Community.
Previously he served as Counselor for Political Affairs at the American Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he led Mission reporting on terrorism issues, including the October 2002 Bali and August 2003 J.W. Marriott Hotel bombings. Mr. Nichols also helped direct U.S. efforts to promote democracy, encourage greater respect for human rights, and organize Indonesia’s first-ever direct presidential election.
Prior to his assignment to Indonesia, he served as First Secretary and Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Nichols has also served as a Consular Officer in Lima, Peru and a Political Officer in El Salvador. He has held several policy level positions in Washington in addition to his overseas assignments.
Recipient of several Department of State awards, Mr. Nichols entered the Foreign Service in 1989 and was promoted into the Senior Foreign Service in 2003. A 1987 graduate of Tufts University, he is married to Foreign Service Officer Geraldine Kam. They have two daughters.