DeLaurentis, Jeffrey - Republic of Cuba - October 2016


REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE


SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Republic of Cuba

CANDIDATE: Jeffrey DeLaurentis


Jeffrey DeLaurentis, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as ChargÄ— d’Affaires at U.S. Embassy Havana, Cuba, a position he has held since 2015. His extensive experience working on U.S. relations with Latin America, including three assignments in Havana, make him exceptionally well qualified to lead U.S. Embassy Havana as Ambassador.

Previously, he served as Principal Officer of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana (2014-2015). He also served as Ambassador and Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York (2011-2014), in the Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (2010-2011), and as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs and Security Council Coordinator at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York (2007-2010). Mr. DeLaurentis also served as Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs (2006- 2007), Political Counselor at U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia (2004-2006), and as Political Counselor and Head of the Political and Specialized Agencies Section, and as Alternate Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (2002-2004). He served in Havana as Chief of the Political and Economic Section and also as Acting Principal Officer for six months of that time (1999-2002). Earlier in his career he served as Director for Cuba and Central America at the National Security Council, and as Vice Consul at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, in addition to other assignments.

Mr. DeLaurentis received a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and an M.A. from Columbia University in New York. He has won numerous Department of State awards. His languages are Spanish, French and Italian.