Gerald M. Feierstein

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Gerald Michael Feierstein[1]
Full frontal photo of a white man's face and torso, smiling, with white mustache, blondish receding hair, slightly prominent ears, yellow necktie in half windsor, white shirt, dark suit, in front of American flag.
Gerald M. Feierstein in official U.S. State Department photo
Born 1951 (age 65–66)[2]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater
Occupation Career diplomat
Years active 1975–present
Employer Senior Foreign Service, Career Minister (FE-CM)[4]
Predecessor Stephen Seche
Successor Matthew Tueller
Spouse(s) Carolyn McIntyre (m. 2015)
Mary Gill Feierstein (m. 1978; div. 2015)[5][6]
Children 3

Gerald Michael Feierstein (born 1951) was the United States Ambassador to Yemen under President Barack Obama from September 2010 to October 2013.[6][14][15] Since December 2013, Feierstein has served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs in the Department of State.

Education and personal life[edit]

Feierstein was born in 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Point Park College in 1973 and an M.A. in International Relations from Duquesne University in 1975.[6][14]

In June 1975, he joined the Foreign Service.[6][16]

He met his first wife, Mary, who is Pakistani, while first posted in Islamabad.[17] His son served two combat tours in the United States Marine Corps during the Iraq War.[5] In 2015, the marriage ended in divorce. In 2015, Feierstein married Carolyn McIntyre.

Diplomatic career[edit]

In June 1975, Feierstein joined the Foreign Service as Director of the Office of Regional Affairs in the Near East Bureau. He subsequently served as: Director of the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh Affairs; Deputy Director in the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs; and Desk Officer for Nepal, Pakistan and Egypt.[18]

Between 2006 and 2008, Feierstein served in Washington, D.C. as Principal Deputy Assistant Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Coordinator for Programs in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism.

Feierstein has served at the following overseas posts:[18]

Years Location Mission Notes
1976–78 Islamabad  Pakistan
1983–85 Tunis  Tunisia
1985–87 Riyadh  Saudi Arabia
1989–92 Peshawar  Pakistan
1995–98 Muscat  Oman Chargé d'affaires
1998–2001 Jerusalem  Israel Deputy consul general
2003–04 Beirut  Lebanon
2008–10 Islamabad  Pakistan Deputy Chief of Mission
2010–13 Sana'a  Yemen Ambassador

In 2012, al Qaeda in Yemen offered 3 kilograms (96 ozt) of gold (about US$160,000)[19] for killing Ambassador Feierstein, and 5 million Yemeni riyals (about US$23,000)[19] for killing an American soldier in Yemen.[10][11][12][13][20]


  1. ^ "Gerald Michael Feierstein - Bio, News, Photos". Washington Times. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Office of the Historian". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2013-01-03. Gerald Feierstein (1951-), Foreign Service officer, State of Residence: Pennsylvania 
  3. ^ Crosby, Wes (December 2, 2010). "DU grad named Yemeni ambassador". The Duquesne Duke. Duquesne University. 
  4. ^ "State Magazine November 2010". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  5. ^ a b Feierstein, Gerald M. (July 19, 2010). "statement of Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Yemen" (PDF). U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Embassy biography". September 17, 2010. Archived from the original on December 31, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ "AllGov - Officials". AllGov. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  8. ^ "1972-1973 Point Park University". Retrieved 2013-01-02.  (list of missing alumni)
  9. ^ "Alumnus Gerald M. Feierstein is New Ambassador to Yemen" (PDF). The Point: A Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Point Park University. Pittsburgh: Park Point University. 2011. p. 36. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  10. ^ a b "Al-Qaeda puts gold bounty on head of Jewish US ambassador in Yemen". The Times of Israel. Associated Press. December 31, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  11. ^ a b "Al-Qaida places bounty on head of Jewish U.S. envoy to Yemen". The Jewish Journal. TRIBE Media Corp., formerly Los Angeles Jewish Publications, Inc. Jewish Telegraphic Agency. December 31, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Lowenthal Marcus, Lori (January 3, 2013). "Al Qaeda Puts Bounty on Jewish US Envoy's Head (Video)". 
  13. ^ a b "Al Qaeda Places Bounty on Head of US Ambassador to Yemen". Jspace. January 2, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-03. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ a b "New American ambassador to Yemen". Yemen Times. September 17, 2010. Archived from the original on October 19, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Gerald Feierstein biography". 2011. Retrieved 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  16. ^ "Duquesne Alumnus Seated as Ambassador to Yemen". The Duquesne Duke. Duquesne University. November 16, 2010. 
  17. ^ Itkowitz, Colby (September 13, 2012). "Philadelphia-born ambassador to Yemen doesn't fear for his safety.". The Morning Call. Allentown, Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  18. ^ a b "Ambassador to Yemen: Who Is Gerald Feierstein?". February 19, 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  19. ^ a b OANDA Currency/precious metals Converter for December 31, 2012
  20. ^ Morrison, James (December 30, 2012). "Embassy Row: Hit list". Washington Times. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 

External links[edit]

  • Montagne, Renée (January 20, 2011). "U.S. Tries To Work Against Extremists In Yemen". National Public Radio. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Stephen A. Seche
United States Ambassador to Yemen
Succeeded by
Matthew H. Tueller