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Richard A. Nuccio

Richard A. Nuccio is NDI's chief of party in Burma. He was previously senior director in South Sudan. Prior to joining NDI in 2011, he was the director of Civitas International programs at the Center for Civic Education based in Los Angeles, CA, where from 2003 he directed civic education programs and coordinated a network of civic educators in more than 70 countries.

During the 1990s, Dr. Nuccio served in a number of senior foreign policy positions in the U.S. Government. From May 1995 until April 1996 he was special advisor to the president and to the secretary of state for Cuba. Dr. Nuccio coordinated overall Cuba policy as well as outreach to the public. Before and after serving at the White House, he served at the State Department as senior policy adviser to Assistant Secretaries of State for Inter-American Affairs Jeffrey Davidow (1997) and Alexander Watson (1993-1995). At the State Department he had special responsibilities as the U.S. coordinator for the Guatemalan peace process.

In the U.S. Senate, Dr. Nuccio was senior foreign policy adviser to Sen. Robert G. Torricelli (D-NJ). He was also a staff member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In 2000 Dr. Nuccio became the founding director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.

Dr. Nuccio is the author of What's Wrong, Who's Right in Central America (Holmes & Meier, 1989), of “Cuba: A U.S. Perspective,” in Richard Haass, ed., Transatlantic Tensions: The United States, Europe, and Problem Countries (Brookings Institution, 1999) and “The CIA and the Guatemalan Peace Process,” Foreword, in Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer, Bitter Fruit, The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala (Harvard University Press: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 2005). He holds an A.B. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an A.M. from Stanford University in Latin American and Caribbean studies.