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Mark D. Gilbert has been nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand. Gilbert, an investment banker, has held positions at Barclays Wealth, Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs.
He was a major fundraiser for Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns. He also played outfield for the Chicago White Sox until 1985. Read more here.
The 2013 US-NZ Pacific Partnership Forum (May 19 - 21) attracted more than 300 attendees from business, government and academia. This was the first (and largest) Forum held in Washington, DC since 2009 - and this year's dynamic and diverse discussions were worth the wait.
See content from the event, including videos and photos, here.
Daniel Russel became Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in July 2013, replacing Kurt Campbell with whom he had worked closely. Previously, he served as National Security Staff Senior Director for Asian Affairs.
To learn more about Russel and his priorities, click here.