On October 29, 2013, President Obama nominated Mark D. Gilbert to be the new Ambassador to New Zealand. Mark D. Gilbert is a Director at Barclays Wealth (formerly Lehman Brothers) in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Gilbert was the Senior Vice President of Goldman Sachs in Miami from 1989 to 1996 and the Senior Vice President Sales Manager of Drexel Burnham Lambert in Boca Raton from 1986 to 1989.
Mr. Gilbert was the Democratic National Committee’s Deputy National Finance Chair from 2009 to 2013. He served on the Obama for America National Finance Committee from 2007 to 2008 and 2011 to 2012, and was a member of the Presidential Inaugural Finance Committee in 2009. Mr. Gilbert was Finance Chairman and Advisor to the Klein for Congress Campaign from 2005 to 2006 and was a Trustee on the National Finance Committee for Kerry for President in 2004.
Before beginning his business career, Mr. Gilbert was a professional baseball player who played with the Chicago White Sox in 1985. Mr. Gilbert received a B.S. in Finance from Florida State University.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Mr. Gilbert will replace Ambassador David Huebner, an international trade attorney who has served as U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand since 2009.