Richard Nicholson, a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, began his service as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Bamako, Mali, in September 2021.
Mr. Nicholson’s most recent assignment was Management Counselor at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil, Iraq. Previously, he held the Management Counselor position supporting the Yemen Affairs Unit in Riyadh and at the U.S. Embassy in Liberia. Prior assignments included management positions at U.S. Embassies in Abuja, Nigeria, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Richard also served at the U.S. missions in Jerusalem and Nairobi, Kenya.
Mr. Nicholson is from Wauchula, Florida. He graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and has a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School at Duke University. His wife, Judith, is a specialist with the Department of State. They have two adult children.