Jim Wilson serves as the State Department African Bureau’s principal point of contact on trade promotion and commercial issues in Sub-Saharan Africa for U.S. Ambassadors and their embassy teams, the broader Washington interagency group working on trade issues, the American private sector, African embassies in Washington, and African private businesses. He provides programmatic support of the African Growth and Opportunity Act which aims to expand U.S. trade and investment with Sub-Saharan Africa to stimulate economic growth.
Jim brings broad international experience to this position having worked as a Foreign Service officer at both State and Commerce. He served as Commercial Counselor at U.S. Embassies in Poland, Spain, Argentina, Turkey and Kenya. Washington assignments included a detail at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as Director for South American Affairs and at the Commerce Department as Regional Director for Europe and as the Director of the Office of Energy, Infrastructure and Industrial Machinery.
Mr. Wilson graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in International Relations and Economics. He was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia.