Jamie Nelson

Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies


Jamie Nelson is cofounder of Red Telescope Ventures, where he provides strategic planning and consultation services for organizations working in international development, international business and market research. He has extensive experience working for the U.S. government, the private sector and nonprofit sectors throughout the Middle East and Africa. He has more than a decade of experience in strategic communications and advocacy for government, businesses and nonprofits with a focus on policymaking, foreign affairs, and defense in the executive and legislative branches. Previously, Nelson served as the director of strategic development at Concentric Advisors and as the director of policy and advocacy at williamsworks. He was a senior staff member to two U.S. senators, a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of State, an associate director at the White House, a resident program officer for the International Republican Institute’s in-country program in Iraq, and a defense policy analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.


  • Naval War College, MA in National Security Studies,