Jeffrey Feltman was born and raised in Greenville and graduated from Greenville High School, Ball State University, and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where he received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy. He is the son of David and Roberta Feltman of Greenville and is married to Mary Draper, director of career development for Foreign Service Personnel.
While in college, Feltman developed an interest in diplomacy and foreign languages and went on to establish a distinguished diplomatic career. His fluency in Arabic, French, and Hungarian, has served him well. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service as Vice Consul, U.S. Embassy, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1986-1987). He then went to Budapest, Hungary (1988-1991) and served during a period of great change for that country. In 1991-1993, Feltman served under Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger. He focused on monitoring United States assistance programs in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
Feltman served at U.S. Missions in Israel, Tunisia, Iraq, and Lebanon. He most recently served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs with the rank of Senior Career Minister. In this position, he advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on issues related to the Arab world. He also served under Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Upon his retirement from the State Department in 2012, Feltman was appointed to his current position at the United Nations in New York.
Feltman will speak at the Garst Museum’s special lecture series program on May 5, in Greenville. The program begins at 2 p.m. He will give a short presentation and then will open the program to discussion. Here is a chance to ask questions about what it is like to be a diplomat and hear about some of the experiences and people Feltman has encountered. You will find him candid and easy to talk with.
Support for the Garst Lecture Series comes, in part, from Harry D. Stephens Memorial Trust, Inc.