Jane D. Hartley

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Jane D. Hartley
United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Assumed office
July 19, 2022
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byWoody Johnson
United States Ambassador to Monaco
In office
November 5, 2014 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byCharles Rivkin
Succeeded byJamie McCourt
United States Ambassador to France
In office
October 31, 2014 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byCharles Rivkin
Succeeded byJamie McCourt
Personal details
Born
Jane Dorothy Hartley

(1950-04-18) April 18, 1950 (age 73)
Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse
Ralph Schlosstein
(m. 1983)
Children2
Alma materNewton College of the Sacred Heart

Jane Dorothy Hartley (born April 18, 1950) is an American business executive and diplomat who has served as the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom in the Joe Biden administration since 2022. She served as the United States ambassador to France and Monaco from 2014 until 2017 during the Barack Obama administration.[1] She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Early life and education[edit]

Hartley was born April 18, 1950 in Waterbury, Connecticut, to Dorothy Hartley (née Maloney; 1910-1999), a real estate broker, and James E. Hartley, who operated a construction company.[2][3][4] She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Newton College of the Sacred Heart (now part of Boston College) in 1972.[5][6][7]

Career[edit]

Hartley began working as the executive director for the Democratic Mayors' Conference for the Democratic National Committee from 1974 until 1977. She then worked as director of congressional relations in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1977 to 1978. She worked as an associate assistant to the president in the Office of Public Liaison during the administration of President Jimmy Carter, from 1978 until 1981.[5][8]

From 1981 until 1983, Hartley worked as a vice president for Group W Cable and later as vice president of corporate communications at Westinghouse Broadcasting from 1983 until 1985. She was a vice president of marketing for MCA Broadcasting from 1985 until 1987. From 1987 until 1989, Hartley was station manager of WWOR-TV.[5]

From 1994 until 2007, Hartley worked for the G7 Group, serving as CEO from 1995 until 2007.[5] Beginning in 2007, she became the chief executive officer of the Observatory Group, which is an economic and political consulting advisory firm with offices around the world.[8]

On January 26, 2011, President Obama nominated Hartley to serve on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service.[9] The U.S. Senate confirmed her by unanimous consent on April 26, 2012.[10]

Ambassador to France[edit]

Hartley with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, President François Hollande and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in front of the Élysée Palace on November 17, 2015

On June 6, 2014, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Hartley to be United States Ambassador to France and the United States Ambassador to Monaco to replace Charles Rivkin, whom Obama tapped to become an assistant Secretary of State.[5][11] Obama formally nominated Hartley on June 9, 2014.[12]

Hartley is known for being a campaign bundler who raised more than $500,000 for Obama's re-election bid in 2012.[8]

Hearings on her nomination were held before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 15, 2014. The committee reported her nomination favorably on July 29, 2014. On September 16, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed Hartley by voice vote to be the U.S. ambassador to both France and Monaco.[13][14] She took her oath of office on October 15, 2014, from Vice President Joe Biden.[15]

On January 11, 2015, Hartley represented the United States at a unity march in Paris following the Charlie Hebdo shooting.[16]

In June 2015, following revelations that the U.S. had spied on French political leaders, Élisabeth Guigou, president of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the National Assembly, invited Hartley to appear before members. Hartley declined the invitation.[17]

In late 2015, Hartley proposed that Jeff Koons create an artwork to be offered to the City of Paris in homage to the victims of the 2015 terrorist attacks. The resultant 35-ton work, sited in a very wealthy area near the Champs-Élysées and not the poorer 11th arrondissement around the Bataclan theatre murders, Bouquet of Tulips, has raised objections in the French art world that it is inappropriate, as has the singlehanded nature of Koons' selection.[18][19]

Ambassador to the United Kingdom[edit]

In July 2021, it was reported that Hartley was selected by President Joe Biden as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.[20][21] He officially announced her nomination on January 19, 2022.[22][23] Hearings on her nomination were held before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 4, 2022. The committee favorably reported her nomination to the Senate floor on May 18, 2022. The Senate confirmed her to the post by voice vote on May 25, 2022.[24] She was sworn in as the ambassador on May 27, 2022.[25] She presented her credentials to Queen Elizabeth II on July 19, 2022.[26]

Hartley accompanied Joe and Jill Biden as they visited Westminster Hall on September 18, 2022 to pay their respects to the late Elizabeth II as her coffin lay in state.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Hartley is married to investment banker and former Evercore Partners CEO Ralph Schlosstein.[28] They have two children.[29] She has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations for more than 10 years.[30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Revesz, Rachel (January 20, 2017). "Donald Trump has fired all foreign US ambassadors with nobody to replace them". The Independent. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  2. ^ By (1999-05-09). "HARTLEY, DOROTHY M." Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  3. ^ "AllGov - Officials". www.allgov.com. Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  4. ^ "Jane D. Hartley, Executive, Weds". The New York Times. 1983-10-03. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  5. ^ a b c d e "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts" (Press release). The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. June 6, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "Boston College Alumni - CWBC Council Members". bc.edu. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  7. ^ "Boston College Alumni". bc.edu. Archived from the original on April 9, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Gordon, Michael R. (June 6, 2014). "Obama Nominates Ambassadors to France and Ireland". New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Observatory Group LLC - Management". observatorygroup.com. Archived from the original on February 26, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  10. ^ http://www.periodicalpress.senate.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/April-2012.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  11. ^ "Obama to send bundler Jane Hartley to Paris". Washington Post. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  12. ^ "Presidential Nominations and Withdrawal sent to the Senate" (Press release). The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. June 9, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  13. ^ "PN1762 - Nomination of Jane D. Hartley for Department of State, 113th Congress (2013-2014)". www.congress.gov. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  14. ^ "PN1851 - Nomination of Jane D. Hartley for Department of State, 113th Congress (2013-2014)". www.congress.gov. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  15. ^ "Jane D. Hartley, Ambassador to the French Republic and to the Principality of Monaco". United States Embassy, Paris, France. Archived from the original on 2014-02-01.
  16. ^ Eric Bradner (January 11, 2015). "Obama, Kerry absent from unity rally in Paris". CNN. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  17. ^ LeFigaro.fr avec AFP (June 29, 2015). "L'ambassadeur américain refuse de venir devant les députés". Figaro (in French). Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  18. ^ "Paris Deserves Better than Jeff Koons". Hyperallergic.com. January 29, 2018. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  19. ^ Borger, Julian (19 January 2022). "Biden nominates wealthy Democratic donor as US ambassador to UK". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 May 2023.
  20. ^ "Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report". The Hill. July 16, 2021.
  21. ^ "Biden selects Jane Hartley as ambassador to U.K." Washington Post. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  22. ^ "President Biden Announces Nominees for Ambassadors and Key Roles". White House. 19 January 2022. Retrieved January 23, 2022.
  23. ^ "President Biden Announces Nominees for Ambassadors and Key Roles". The White House. 19 January 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  24. ^ "PN1692 - Nomination of Jane Hartley for Department of State, 117th Congress (2021-2022)". www.congress.gov. 25 May 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  25. ^ "Biography of the U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James". U.S. Embassy & Consulates in the United Kingdom. Archived from the original on July 8, 2022. Retrieved July 15, 2022.
  26. ^ "The Royal Family on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  27. ^ "Live updates: Britain honors queen with moment of silence". Associated Press. September 18, 2022. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  28. ^ Joe Sobczyk (November 2013). "Obama Said Close to Picking Hartley as Ambassador". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  29. ^ "Senate Foreign Relations Committee Testimony of Jane D. Hartley Ambassadorial Nominee to the Republic of France and Principality of Monaco" (PDF).
  30. ^ http://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/JHartley_Testimony.pdf[bare URL PDF]

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