Bruce J. Oreck

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Bruce Oreck
Bruce J Oreck ambassador.jpg
Official portrait, 2009
United States Ambassador to Finland
In office
September 10, 2009 – July 25, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byMichael Butler (Acting)
Succeeded byCharles Adams
Personal details
Born (1953-01-03) January 3, 1953 (age 69)
New York City, New York[1]
Alma materJohns Hopkins University
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
New York University

Bruce J. Oreck (born January 3, 1953)[1] is a former American politician. He was the U.S. Ambassador to Finland from September 2009 to July 2015.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Oreck holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University, as well as a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University.[2] He became a partner in a New Orleans law firm representing the oil and gas industry. In 1992 he founded his own firm, Oreck, Crighton, Adams & Chase.[3]

Oreck has authored several books on taxation.[2] He was one of the major contributors to Barack Obama presidential campaign, 2008.[3]

After his task as an ambassador ended, he decided to stay in Finland and was invited to teach in Aalto University.[4]


Idriss J. Aberkane and Eirin B. Haug at E-International Relations cited Oreck as a "vanguard green diplomat" advocating noopolitik and the Blue Economy:

Here comes green diplomacy, here comes Noopolitik, here comes Oreck's [...] advice of turning a significant piece of the Department of Defense's gargantuan budget into a global investment for peace, prosperity, exemplarity and the Blue Economy rather than for destruction, just as Jimmy Carter had advised.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Attorney Bruce J Oreck". Lawyer Central. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Oreck, Bruce J." U.S. Department of State. Archived from the original on 30 August 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b Noel Brinkerhoff (1 December 2009). "Ambassador to Finland: Who is Bruce Oreck?". AllGov. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  4. ^ Bruce Oreck: ”Minuun on tarttunut suomalaisuutta” Oma aika. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  5. ^ Idriss J. Aberkane; Eirin B. Haug (8 October 2012). "Noopolitik in the Arctic". E-International Relations. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Michael Butler
United States Ambassador to Finland
Succeeded by