Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling
Former Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
1995-1996 Luce Scholar
Ambassador Daniel F. Feldman joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. He was formerly a partner in the International Trade practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP. He is also a Senior Advisor at the Albright Stonebridge Group. Amb. Feldman served as Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. State Department, during which time he was given the rank of Ambassador. While at the State Department, he was a principal advisor to Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton on issues related to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and South Asia. Amb. Feldman created and managed the International Contact Group, a group of more than 50 countries most invested in Afghanistan, and engaged frequently with key countries in the region, including India and China, as well as NATO partners. He also represented the U.S. at numerous multilateral fora regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan, including those sponsored by the United Nations, the World Bank, and the IMF. For his service, Amb. Feldman was awarded the State Department’s two highest awards, the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award and the Secretary’s Distinguished Honor Award.
Prior to joining the State Department, Amb. Feldman was a partner at the law firm Foley Hoag LLP, where he was Co-Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility practice. His previous government experience included serving as Director of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton Administration, and as Counsel on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. He was also a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and on the South African Constitutional Court. Feldman has served as a national security advisor on the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Al Gore, and helped to found, and subsequently served on the board of, the National Security Network, a nonprofit foreign policy organization. He holds a J.D. from Columbia University, an M.P.A. from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Tufts University. Amb. Feldman is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a former White House Fellow, and a former Henry Luce Scholar, when he worked at the Hong Kong Law Project.