Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD)

CICAD Executive Secretary


James Mack

CICAD Executive Secretary

Ambassador James F. Mack assumed the position of Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) in September 2004. He began his work with CICAD in 2002 as Coordinator of the Inter-American Observatory on Drugs, which is CICAD’s drug statistics, research and information branch.

Before joining the OAS, Ambassador Mack, a retired career member of the Senior Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. During that time, he also led the Inter-Agency Task Force that coordinated US anti-narcotics assistance to Plan Colombia and other countries in the Andean region. He was U.S. Ambassador to Guyana from 1997 to April 2000.

Ambassador Mack joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1966 after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras. His first diplomatic postings were to Saigon and Nha Trang, South Viet Nam as a political officer, and to Danang as Political Advisor to the U.S. Commander of I Corps. He returned to the Department of State in 1969 and served as South Viet Nam analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He was again posted abroad as Political/Labor Officer in San Jose; as Labor Officer in Sao Paulo; and as Principal Officer in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal.

His subsequent positions have been as Guatemala/Belize Desk Officer; Chief of the Office of Labor/Management Relations in the Department of State; Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador; Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion; Director of the Office of Andean Affairs in the Department of State, where he helped prepare the First Andean Presidential Drug Summit in Cartagena, Colombia (1990); Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, where he also served as Charge d'Affaires for two years; and, from 1994 to 1997, as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lima. Additionally, while posted to the US Embassies in Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru, he coordinated all US anti-narcotics assistance to those countries.

Born in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1941, and raised in Rye, New York, Ambassador Mack graduated from Cornell University in 1963 with a major in Government. Ambassador Mack is married to the former Sheila Marvin and has four children. Both Ambassador Mack and Mrs. Mack speak Spanish and Portuguese.

updated on 9/1/2011 2:37:12 PM