U.S. Department of State
BIOGRAPHY

James M. Derham
Charge d'Affaires to Brazil
Mr. Derham assumed his duties as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil in June 1997, and has been Charge d'Affaires since July 15, 1998.

Prior to this assignment, he was U.S. Consul General in Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Derham's other overseas assignments in the Foreign Service have been to Argentina, Brazil (two previous tours -- Rio de Janeiro and Salvador), and Italy. In Washington, DC, he has worked in the Department of State in the Economic Bureau and in the Office of Japan. Mr. Derham also spent a year on Capitol Hill as a legislative fellow in the office of Senator Frank H. Murkowski (R - Alaska).

Mr. Derham is a graduate of Fordham University in New York. He has masters degrees in economics from George Washington University and in public administration from Harvard University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1970-1972. His languages are Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian.

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