Mr. Jeffrey received a BA in History from Northeastern University in 1969, and an MS in Business Administration from Boston University Graduate School of Management in 1977. He also holds a diploma in the French language from the University of Paris. From 1969-1976 Mr. Jeffrey served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, with assignments in Germany and Vietnam. He was born in Massachusetts, and his current state of residence is Virginia.
Ambassador Jeffrey has held a variety of assignments related to Europe and the Middle East during his 30-year career with the U.S. Department of State. His past assignments have included Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State for Iraq, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Iraq, U.S. Ambassador to Albania, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission in Turkey and Kuwait, U.S. Deputy Special Representative for Bosnia Implementation, Senior Greek Desk Officer, Officer in Charge of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and as Deputy Office Director in the Office of Near Eastern Peace Process and Regional Affairs. Earlier overseas assignments included postings at the U.S. Consulate General in Munich, Germany; U.S. Embassies in Turkey, Bulgaria, and Tunisia; and the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey.
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