Nelson Cunningham

Nelson W. Cunningham, JD

President and Co-founder
McLarty Associates
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors

Nelson W. Cunningham, JD is president and cofounder of McLarty Associates. Under Cunningham's leadership, McLarty Associates has developed into a firm with global reach and a global team of more than 100 seasoned international specialists in 21 countries. Previously, Cunningham served in the White House as special adviser to President Clinton on western hemisphere affairs and general counsel at the White House Office of Administration. He was general counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee under then-Chairman Joseph R. Biden, and also served as an assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of New York. Cunningham is a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and past chairman of the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee. He has been a foreign affairs and trade adviser to several presidential and congressional campaigns. Cunningham currently serves on the boards of the Business Council for International Understanding, the American Security Project, and Yale-NUS College in Singapore and is a member of Yale University's President's Council on International Activities. Cunningham graduated from Yale College and Stanford Law School. He was raised in Latin America and speaks Spanish fluently.