Lee A. Feinstein was nominated by President Obama to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland on July 20, 2009 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 22, 2009 by unanimous consent. He was sworn in on September 28, 2009. On October 20, 2009, Ambassador Feinstein presented his credentials to the President of Poland, Lech Kaczy�ski. Lee Feinstein is the 25th U.S. Ambassador to Poland.
Ambassador Feinstein has worked in several senior capacities in the U.S. Departments of Defense and State, including as Principal Deputy Director of Policy Planning, where he advised on strategic goals and objectives in political-military affairs. Ambassador Feinstein was National Security Director to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton during her presidential campaign and an outside foreign policy adviser to President Barack Obama during the general election. He served on the Presidential Transition Team after the election and then as Senior Advisor to the Office of the Secretary of State.
As a Visiting Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and Deputy Director of Studies and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Ambassador Feinstein wrote widely on U.S. national security, foreign policy, and international institutions. He advised Newt Gingrich and George Mitchell, who chaired a congressionally mandated Task Force on the United Nations and co-directed the non-partisan CFR Task Force on Enhancing U.S. Leadership at the United Nations.
Ambassador Feinstein served as senior advisor to Human Rights First and is an authority on the principle of the “Responsibility to Protect.” He is the author of Darfur and Beyond: What is Needed to Prevent Mass Atrocities, which was featured in CFR’s Emmy Award-winning multimedia Crisis Guide-Darfur. With Tod Lindberg, he is also author of Means to an End: U.S. Interest in the International Criminal Court, published by the Brookings Institution Press earlier this month.
An international lawyer, Ambassador Feinstein holds a J.D. from Georgetown University, an M.A. in political science from the City University of New York, and an A.B. from Vassar College.