James Howard Holmes
was born April 1, 1943, the second son of the Rev. Robert Usher and Bertha Jeannette Cook Holmes. He is a 1965 graduate of Colgate University
, as well as, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
, and the National War College
. He joined the Foreign Service
in 1967 and has served overseas in Pakistan
, New Zealand
, and Latvia
. He is married and has two daughters and five grandchildren.
Foreign Service Career
1984-1988 Director of the Office of Strategic Nuclear Policy in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
1988-1992 Deputy Director of the Department of State's Policy Planning Staff with responsibilities for European policy
1992-1995 Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassy in Ankara
1995-1998 President's Coordinator for Assistance to Central and Eastern Europe responsible for assistance programs to fourteen Central European states, including start-up of the economic and reconstruction programs in Bosnia
1998-2001 U.S. Ambassador to Latvia
2002-present Special Advisor for Southeast Europe in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the Department of State
He has been president of the American-Turkish Council since 2004.
- Lillian Dillenbeck Tallman, editor. The Dallenbachs in America, 1935-1979. Mohawk Valley Printing Company, Herkimer, New York, 1979. pp. 36, 46.