"Ambassador Jeff Goonewardena is a man of distinction and honor. With evident influence in business, philanthropy and diplomacy, his humanitarians works are widely known all over the world. We Care for Humanity and G.O.D. Awards believe that Mr. Goonewardena is one of the greatest assets of Sri Lanka and that the award bestowed on him as Sri Lankan Humanitarian Ambassador will even promote humanitarianism is his motherland.", a proud comment by HRH Princess Dato'Seri Maria Amor, founder and president of We Care for Humanity and G.O.D. Awards.
Mr. Jeff M. Goonewardena was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and is the new Consul General of Sri Lanka to the eleven Western States of USA that include. Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah,Washington and Wyoming Subsequent to the completion of his formal education with the inherited family profession. He started his career in the hospitality sectorin Sri Lanka where he acquired several leading star class hotels to cater to the local as well as foreign travelers. One of his hotels received the “Best Architecture Award” in New Delhi, India from the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC). In his expedition of the global penetration, he came to San Diego, USA as a Permanent Resident and continued with his own profession of hospitality sector enterprises in several locations. During his stay in the USA he associated closely with the US political hierarchy, the Government officials, non-governmental organizations, and extended invaluable support towards community development especially in support of the needy with the US political hierarchy, the Government officials, non-governmental organizations, and extended invaluable support towards community development especially in support of the needy. During these efforts he vastly contributed towards uplifting the living standards together with development work for the tsunami affected people in Sri Lanka and Katrina victims in the USA.In recognition contribution to California and he has been respectively.
Meanwhile, due to his unique contribution to the millions of people in Sri Lanka, The President of Sri Lanka appointed him as the Hony. Consul General of Colombia, Venezuela and also as the President’s Chief Coordinator to USA. Mr. Goonewardena has also hosted several Presidents and Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka during their visits to USA and has been working with several US Senators and Congressmen in support of various development activities. In addition to the above posts he has been the President / Director for number of private sector companies mainly in USA, Sri Lanka and Colombia. Also he is a Board Member of I AM Foundation - USA which has distributed one million text books to poor children in 33 countries.Mr. Goonewardena is single and currently resides in Woodland Hills, California.of his numerous and invaluable the City Councils of Oceanside, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, offered the Honorable Mayorship.