Jeffrey L. Bleich is currently the CEO of Dentons international consulting and a Partner in Dentons US LLP. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, and prior to that as special counsel to President Obama in the White House. In addition to his private practice, Bleich has held multiple state and federal leadership positions including chair of the California State University Board of Trustees (2008-2009), president of the California State Bar (2007-2008), president of the Bar Association of San Francisco (2002-2003), Director of the White House Commission on youth violence (1999-2000), and president of the Barristers Club of San Francisco (1995). Bleich currently serves as Vice Chair of the Fulbright Board and on California’s International Trade and Investment Council, and he advises the Administration on cyber-security and countering violent extremism.
As Ambassador, Bleich led security efforts that included bringing the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty into force, establishing new alliance agreements for satellites and cybersecurity, and executing a new space cooperation agreement that supported the Mars Curiosity rover landing. His mission set records for sustainability and clean energy promotion, as well as for trade and investment growth between the United States and Australia.
Bleich holds a BA from Amherst College, an MPP from Harvard University, and a JD from the University of California Berkeley School of Law. He clerked for Judge Abner Mikva on the Washington, DC, circuit and Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2009, the city of San Francisco named a day in his honor.