After more than a year without an ambassador in Costa Rica, the White House recently named S. Fitzgerald Haney, an international businessman with experience in marketing, financial services, and manufacturing in Latin America as its ambassador. Most recently, Haney was a principal and director of business development and client services for Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Pzena Investment Management in New York City. He has held the position since 2007.
Mr. Haney served as Senior Vice President of Ethnic Consumer Products at International Discount Telecommunications (IDT). From 2002 to 2006 he served as Director of Strategic Planning/New Business at Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Haney was a Senior Associate at Israel Seed Partners in Jerusalem, Israel. He previously served as an appointed Member of the City of Englewood Planning Board and Board of Adjustment in Englewood, New Jersey.
The nominee was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up outside Chicago in Naperville, Illinois. Fitzgerald and Andrea Haney live in Englewood with their four children. Haney is a convert to Orthodox Judaism and has been active in Englewood’s Modern Orthodox community. He and his family are members of the Kesher Synagogue.
Fitzgerald Haney earned a Bachelor of Science in international economics and a Master of Science from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in international business and diplomacy. Haney has worked in Mexico, Brazil, Israel, and Puerto Rico during his career, among other places. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Hebrew and is conversant in French.