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John Feeley

U.S. Ambassador to Panama

John Feeley is the U.S. ambassador to Panama, sworn in on January 15, 2016. He is a career diplomat who has focused much of his work on Latin American and Caribbean issues, both in Washington and in the region. Feeley most recently served as principal deputy assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2012 to 2015, responsible for the daily management of regional policy implementation and the supervision of 50 diplomatic posts across the Americas. Previously, he was the State Department’s Summit of the Americas coordinator, overseeing the substantive preparation for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s engagement in the 2012 Cartagena Summit, a role he reprised for Secretary of State John Kerry during the 2015 Summit in Panama. From 2009 to 2012, Feeley served as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, where he managed a 37-agency country team that implemented the Merida Initiative. He has also been the department’s director for Central American affairs and deputy director for Caribbean affairs. From 2004 to 2006, Feeley served as a deputy executive secretary in the Office of the Secretary of State, where he was responsible for managing information flow to secretaries Colin Powell and Susan Rice, as well as coordinating their overseas travel. A 2004 distinguished graduate of the National War College, his overseas assignments include two tours in Mexico City, Santo Domingo, and Bogotá.  Prior to joining the State Department in 1990, Feeley served on active military duty as a helicopter pilot in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.