Donald Gips

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Donald Gips
Donald Gips official photo.jpg
Official photo of Gips c.2009
United States Ambassador to South Africa
In office
31 July 2009 – 2 January 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Eric M. Bost
Succeeded by Patrick Gaspard
Personal details
Born (1960-02-01) February 1, 1960 (age 58)
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Berry Gips
Children Sam, Peter, Ben
Alma mater Princeton Day School
Harvard College
Yale School of Management.

Donald Henry Gips (born February 1, 1960) is the former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa from 2009-2013. Ambassador Gips was appointed by President Barack Obama on June 4 and confirmed by the Senate on July 7, 2009. He presented his credentials to South African President Jacob Zuma on October 1, 2009. He served until January 2, 2013.[citation needed]

He currently serves as a principal at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategic advisory firm.[1] He also leads the firm's Africa practice.

Previously he was the Divisional Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development for Level 3 Communications[2] and Director of Mindspeed Technologies. He was also on the advisory board for President Barack Obama's presidential transition team.[3]

In the late 1990s Gips served as Vice President Al Gore's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.[4] Previously, he was the chief of the Federal Communications Commission's international bureau.[2]

Gips raised over 500,000 dollars for President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, and was one of his top "bundlers".[5]

He is married to Elizabeth Berry and has three children: Sam, Peter and Ben.

Gips is a graduate of Princeton Day School, Harvard College, and the Yale School of Management.


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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Eric M. Bost
United States Ambassador to South Africa
Succeeded by
Patrick Gaspard