Bio

John Feeley is a former U.S. ambassador who runs Gotham Lights LLC, a consultancy based in Miami and Washington DC focused on the social, commercial, and cultural integration of the Americas. A skilled negotiator, organizational leader and cross-cultural communicator, Ambassador Feeley collaborates with private sector and not-for-profit clients who seek to employ negotiation and consultation as their first default instruments for conflict resolution on an institutional and individual basis.  His military and diplomatic experience provides clients clear insight into U.S government security and rule of law policy implementation and training, as well as commercial problem solving.

During a 28-year State Department career, he served as Ambassador of the U.S. Embassy in Panama, Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’affaires in Mexico City, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.   As a Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of State, he worked on the staffs of Secretaries Powell and Rice, in addition to serving in other Latin American and Caribbean assignments both in Washington and at embassies throughout the region.   A pioneer in digital diplomacy, Ambassador Feeley created a series of videos that made U.S. policy priorities and the work of embassies more relevant and accessible to audiences through the use of social media platforms. 

One of less than twenty Career Ministers at the State Department, he resigned his commission in early 2018 over policy and value differences with the Trump Administration.  He is a political consultant for Univision and has appeared on CNN, BBC, National Public Radio and in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, among other Spanish and English-language media as a forceful advocate for a respectful, alliance-based approach to U.S. relationships with Latin American governments and societies. 

He is a board member of the Immigration Partnership and Coalition Fund, a Miami-based, non-profit organization that supports immigration reform that makes business sense and is consonant with American values.  He serves on the advisory board of the Latin American Program at the Wilson Center in Washington.  Prior to his Foreign Service career, he served as a United States Marine officer and helicopter pilot and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a distinguished graduate of the National War College.

 

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