James A. Walsh has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) since January 2015. In this role, he directs State Department law enforcement and rule of law assistance activities in Europe and Asia (excluding Pakistan and Afghanistan), and oversees the Department’s Air Wing, and INL’s resources.
He previously served as the Executive Director/Controller for the bureau and has been with the Department of State for over 13 years where he led several efforts to strengthen criminal justice assistance programs including the development of an inter-agency Criminal Justice Sector Rating Tool. Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Walsh worked in the private sector for five years supporting Fortune 500 companies. He also served nearly eight years in the U.S. Army where he had several overseas deployments leading aviation units.
James Walsh was born and raised in Northern Indiana. He is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, has a bachelor’s degree from West Point, and a master’s degree in business administration from Bowie State University.