James F. Jeffrey was sworn in as ambassador to Iraq on August 17, 2010. Jeffrey received his bachelor’s degree in history from Northeastern University and his master’s degree in business administration from Boston University Graduate School of Management. He served in the US Army in Germany and Vietnam from 1969 to 1976.
A career member of the Foreign Service, Jeffrey served three tours in Turkey, including Deputy Chief of Mission from 1999-2002, as well as Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuwait and Deputy Special Representative for Bosnian Implementation. He served as ambassador to Albania from October 2002 to May 2004.
Jeffrey served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad from June 2004 through March 2005, then as US Chargé d’affaires to Iraq from March 2005 to June 2005. He was senior advisor to the Secretary of State for Iraq from August 2005 to August 2006, followed by serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department. His responsibilities included leading the Iran Policy Team and coordinating public diplomacy.
Jeffrey worked at the National Security Council as the Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor. Then, in October 2008, he was confirmed by the Senate as ambassador to Turkey, a post he held until he returned to Iraq as ambassador.