Amb. Nathan A. Sales

Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State

Nathan A. Sales was sworn in as the Coordinator for Counterterrorism with the rank of Ambassador at Large at the Department of State on August 10, 2017.


Before joining the State Department, Ambassador Sales was a law professor specializing in counterterrorism law, national security law, constitutional law, and administrative law. He previously was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. He led DHS’s efforts to strengthen the security features and expand the Visa Waiver Program. He was the Special Envoy to South Korea of the Secretary of Homeland Security. Ambassador Sales also served at the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice, where he worked on counterterrorism policy and judicial confirmations. He received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service – the Justice Department’s highest honor – for his role in drafting the USA PATRIOT Act, as well as the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.


An Ohio native, Ambassador Sales received his BA, summa cum laude, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He earned his JD, magna cum laude, from Duke Law School. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.