A retired diplomat and NM attorney, David Campbell addresses the perceptions of the USA and NM from abroad, both positive and negative. He touches on his work combatting maritime piracy and human trafficking in Africa and his role in the immigration process in South America. Campbell also talks about the important roles that Albuquerque, the state of NM, and UNM play as global centers of cross-cultural understanding, international affairs, and language study.

David Campbell served as a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State from 2011-2017. His service included assignments in Mauritius, Seychelles, Ecuador, and Washington, DC. He is an attorney with wide-ranging experience in local government, having served as Albuquerque’s CAO, City Attorney, and planning director and as  Rio Rancho City Manager. He is currently Chief Counsel for Mesa del Sol, LLC. Campbell has a BA from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, an MA in public administration, and a law degree from UNM.