Jeffrey Feltman was appointed the U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa on April 23, 2021. In that role, he is charged with leading a U.S. diplomatic effort to address the interlinked political, security and humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa and has full authority to coordinate U.S. policy across the region.
Since June 2012, Jeffrey Feltman has served as the John C. Whitehead Visiting Fellow in International Diplomacy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution and as a Senior Fellow at the UN Foundation, both based in Washington, DC.
From July 2012 until his April 2018 retirement, Mr. Feltman served as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Frequently briefing the Security Council on peace and security issues, Mr. Feltman was the chief foreign policy advisor to the Secretary-General and traveled extensively, including to Pyongyang in December 2017. He oversaw UN mediation and conflict prevention work and provided guidance to UN Special Representatives and Envoys heading UN political missions.
Before joining the UN, Mr. Feltman was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, focused largely on the Middle East and North Africa. From 2009 until 2012, Mr. Feltman was the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Prior to his 2004-2008 tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, he served in Erbil, Baghdad, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Amman, Budapest, and Port-au-Prince. He is the recipient of two Presidential Service awards and several State Department Superior Honor awards.
A native of Greenville, Ohio, Mr. Feltman 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 with dual majors in history and art from Ball State University. In 2013, Ball State awarded him with an honorary doctorate.