Mark Feierstein is an accomplished foreign policy expert who brings decades of political, public affairs, opinion research and policy experience to CLS Strategies. He combines a mastery of public policy, an understanding of the policy-making process, and keen political judgment to help clients communicate most effectively and achieve their goals. Mark helps U.S. clients navigate complex overseas environments and foreign clients to advance their domestic and international objectives.
Mark worked for six years in the Obama Administration, including two years as the President's principal adviser on Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. A fluent Spanish speaker, he also oversaw the United States Agency for International Development's programming in the Americas as assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, a Senate-confirmed position, and later took on a global portfolio as USAID's deputy administrator for two years.
Before joining the Obama Administration, Mark, an accomplished pollster, was a principal at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a global opinion research and consulting firm where he worked for 11 years. Among Mark's clients were the current prime ministers of Ireland and The Bahamas. He was a principal strategist for winning national campaigns in Austria, Bolivia, El Salvador, and Honduras, and designed communications strategies for major multinational companies, including Boeing, BP and Monsanto. Mark currently carries out public opinion research as a senior adviser to GBA Strategies, a leading survey research firm.
Mark also served in the Clinton Administration - first as senior adviser and speechwriter to the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States and then as director of USAID's global elections office. While at the National Democratic Institute in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mark supported the historic efforts of the Chilean and Nicaraguan opposition to restore democracy in their countries. Mark has also worked as a reporter in the United States and Mexico.
Mark is a senior associate for the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has published numerous articles on politics and foreign affairs, is quoted frequently in U.S. and foreign media in English and Spanish, and testifies before Congress.
Mark holds a BA, magna cum laude, in international relations from Tufts University and an MA in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.