Focus areas: diplomacy, international relations, U.S.- Latin American relations, U.S.- Cuban relations, international law and organizations, United Nations, human rights
During his 28-year career in the Foreign Service, Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis worked almost exclusively on Western Hemisphere issues and as a multilateral diplomat at the United Nations. He served as the first Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Havana following the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, and as a principal negotiator for the many agreements concluded and dialogues begun between the two countries through January 2017. Prior to taking up his Cuba post in August 2014, he was Ambassador/Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Previously he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs and Security Council Coordinator at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
Ambassador DeLaurentis began his State Department career in 1991 as a consular officer in Havana, and returned to Cuba as Political-Economic Section Chief in 1999-2002. In Washington, he served as Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Director of Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council. His last assignment in the Foreign Service was at the Harvard Kenney School as a Senior Diplomatic Fellow with the Belfer Center Future of Diplomacy Project. Currently, he is a Distinguished Fellow in Latin American Studies, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Senior Advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy. He is married to Jennifer M. Lee-DeLaurentis, a former senior official with the United Nations Secretariat.