Jeffrey Feltman joined the UN Foundation as a Senior Fellow in July 2018. His work for the Foundation will consider the UN’s peace and security work and multilateralism in an increasingly polarized global context. Jeffrey is also a Visiting Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
From July 2012 until April 2018, Jeffrey served as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Frequently briefing the Security Council on peace and security issues, Jeffrey was the chief foreign policy advisor to the Secretary-General and traveled extensively, including to Pyongyang in December 2017. He was the UN focal point on election assistance and oversaw UN mediation and conflict prevention work. As Under-Secretary-General, he provided guidance to UN Special Representatives and Envoys heading UN political missions. Jeffrey also served as Executive Director of the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Center and chairman of the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force from 2012 until July 2016.
Before joining the United Nations, Jeffrey was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, focusing largely on the Middle East and North Africa. From 2009 until 2012, Jeffrey was the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. His 2004-2008 tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon was marked by the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, the departure of Syrian occupying troops, and the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel war. Jeffrey also served in Erbil, Baghdad, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Amman, Budapest, and Port-au-Prince.
A native of Greenville, Ohio, Jeffrey has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in history and art from Ball State University. His wife, Mary Draper, is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer.