Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat is Senior Counsel at Covington and Burling LLP, where he heads the firm’s international practice. During a decade and a half of public service in three U.S. administrations, Ambassador Eizenstat held a number of key senior positions, most recently as Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce, Under Secretary of State, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton.
He was a domestic policy adviser to President Carter and a staff member of the Johnson White House. As Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues in the Clinton administration, Ambassador Eizenstat negotiated major agreements with European countries for restitution of property and other compensatory payments resulting from Nazi atrocities. He is published often in the international press and prestigious journals, and is the author of three books — Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II, and The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces Are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and Its Relationship with the United States and President Carter: The White House Years. He has received nine honorary degrees and civilian citations from the governments of the United States, France (Legion of Honor), Germany, Austria, Israel and Belgium. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ambassador Eizenstat is a cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School. He was married to the late Frances Eizenstat and has two sons and eight grandchildren.