Jeffrey DeLaurentis

United States |  Centennial Fellow, School of Foreign Service and Distinguished Resident Fellow in Latin American Studies, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University


Ambassador DeLaurentis is a Senior Fellow in Latin American Studies at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy of Georgetown University. He remains a non-resident associate of the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard’s Belfer Center, where he instructs and mentors students interested in public service.

A 27-year veteran of the US Foreign Service, he was a principal negotiator of the restoration of relations between Cuba and the US and of the multiple agreements that followed. On September 28, 2016, President Obama nominated Ambassador DeLaurentis to be the first US ambassador to the island in 55 years. Prior to his posting in Cuba, he was the Ambassador/Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs at the US Mission to the United Nations where he negotiated hundreds of Security Council resolutions and statements. 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 US Mission to the United Nations.

Ambassador DeLaurentis began his State Department career in 1991 as a consular officer in Havana. In Washington, he served as Chief of Staff for the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Weston Hemisphere Affairs, and Director of Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Columbia University Graduate School of International and Public Affairs. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

DeLaurentis was an event speaker at the Dialogue 

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