Jeffrey DeLaurentis

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Jeffrey DeLaurentis
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United States Ambassador to Cuba
In office
July 20, 2015 – July 7, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byPhilip W. Bonsal (1960)
Daniel M. Braddock (Acting)
Succeeded byScott Hamilton (Acting)
Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba
In office
August 2014 – July 20, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJohn Caulfield
Succeeded byPosition abolished
United States Ambassador to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs
In office
August 10, 2011 – August 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDavid Dunn
Succeeded byDavid Pressman
Personal details
Born1954 (age 66–67)
Alma materGeorgetown University
Columbia University

Jeffrey DeLaurentis (born 1954)[1] is an American diplomat who served as the Chargé d'affaires ad interim of the Embassy of the United States, Havana from 2015 to 2017.[2] DeLaurentis has ambassadorial rank in the State Department because his prior position at the UN was a US Senate-confirmed ambassadorial position.[3] Cuba and the United States formally restored diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015,[4] after having severed diplomatic ties in 1961 amid the Cold War.

Early life and education[edit]

DeLaurentis is a graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.[5] He also studied toward a doctorate in political science at Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.[6]


Barack Obama officially nominated DeLaurentis as United States Ambassador to Cuba on September 27, 2016.[7][8]

DeLaurentis finished his 3-year cycle on July 7, 2017 and was replaced by Scott Hamilton.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jeffrey De Laurentis - People - Department History - Office of the Historian".
  2. ^ Watson, Katy (July 20, 2015). "Jeffery DeLaurentis: The US State Department's 'Man in Havana'". BBC News. Archived from the original on March 11, 2016.
  3. ^ Ojogho, Dennis O. (February 12, 2015). "7 Q's With Jeffrey DeLaurentis". Harvard Crimson.
  4. ^ "Cuba and US formally restore diplomatic relations". BBC News. July 20, 2015. Archived from the original on July 20, 2015.
  5. ^ US State Department, Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis
  6. ^ "Jennifer Marina Lee to Be Wed in June". January 14, 1982. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016.
  7. ^ Toosi, Nahal (September 27, 2016). "Obama nominates ambassador to Cuba in long-shot move". Politico. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Obama Appoints Veteran Diplomat as Cuba Ambassador". VOA. September 27, 2016. Archived from the original on September 29, 2016.
  9. ^ Torres, Nora Gamez (July 11, 2017). "U.S. names interim charge d'affaires at embassy in Havana". Miami Herald.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
David Dunn
United States Ambassador to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs
Succeeded by
David Pressman
Preceded by
John Caulfield
Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba
Position abolished
Position reestablished1
Title last held by
Philip Bonsal
United States Ambassador to Cuba

Succeeded by
Scott Hamilton
Notes and references
1. The U.S. and Cuba did not have bilateral diplomatic relations between 1961 and 2015. Philip Bonsal was DeLaurentis's predecessor in the position, leaving office on October 28, 1960.