Biography of Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, Assistant to the President
and Deputy National Security Advisor
On August 1, 2007, President George W. Bush named Ambassador James F. Jeffrey as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor. James Jeffrey is a career member of the Foreign Service, grade of Career Minister.
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, and U.S. Deputy Special Representative for Bosnia Implementation. 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.
Ambassador Jeffrey served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1976, with assignments to Germany and Vietnam. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.