Mark Feierstein has served in senior positions in the U.S. government and the private and nongovernment sectors. He has also worked as a journalist in the United States and Mexico. In the Obama administration, he served at the White House as special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs. In that capacity, he helped implement the president’s normalization policy toward Cuba and orchestrate the president’s trips to Cuba and Argentina, oversaw the development of the president’s Peace Colombia initiative, coordinated the increase in U.S. assistance to Central America, and advanced and deepened U.S. cooperation with Mexico and Canada. Mr. Feierstein also worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as acting deputy administrator and assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean. In the Clinton administration, he served at the State Department as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States and at USAID as senior adviser for elections. Mr. Feierstein was a principal at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, an international political consulting firm, where he conducted public opinion research and designed communications strategies for political candidates and multinational companies. He also served at the National Democratic Institute as director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Feierstein was a reporter for the Mexico City News and has been published in numerous newspapers and journals on U.S. foreign policy, Latin American politics, and baseball. He has been interviewed frequently in English- and Spanish-language media. A frequent lecturer, he has won humorous speech contests. Mr. Feierstein holds a B.A. in international relations, magna cum laude, from Tufts University and an M.A. in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is fluent in Spanish.