Ambassador (ret.) Gordon Gray


Gordon Gray is the Chief Operating Officer at the Center for American Progress. Prior to his retirement from the U.S. government after 35 years of public service, he was the Deputy Commandant at the National War College. Ambassador Gray was the U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia from 2009 until 2012, witnessing the start of the Arab Spring and directing the U.S. response in support of Tunisia’s transition. He served in Iraq as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador from 2008-2009. Before that, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2005-2008. Ambassador Gray’s other foreign assignments include Egypt (where he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission from 2002-2005), Canada, Jordan, Pakistan, and Morocco, where he began his career in government as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Before joining the Center for American Progress, Ambassador Gray was the Executive Vice President at the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce. He holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.A. from Columbia, as well as an honorary M.S. from the National Defense University. Ambassador Gray twice received the Presidential Meritorious Service award.

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