Mr. Furey has been Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria since November 2004. His most recent assignment was as Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in London, England.
Joining the Foreign Service in 1975, Mr. Furey started his career as a consular officer in Belize City in Central America. He then worked in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in the Department of State, followed by an assignment as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in East Berlin. Most of Mr. Furey’s assignments since then have been as a consular manager, including tours in Kathmandu, Nepal; Johannesburg, South Africa; Bombay, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Mexico City, Mexico. He also served several assignments in the Bureau of Consular Affairs and as a Desk Officer for South Africa in the Bureau of African Affairs in the State Department. Prior to London, Mr. Furey was Consul General and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Furey was born in Portland, Oregon in 1951 and grew up in Lake Oswego, a suburb of Portland. He received a B.A. in International Relations from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1973 and a M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, in 1975. He lives in Abuja with his wife Dorothy, who he met when she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize and who is from Minnesota. They have two daughters — Allison, who is a student at Bard College in New York; and Sarah, who is attending high school in Switzerland.