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
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byEric M. Bost
Succeeded byPatrick Gaspard
Personal details
Born (1960-02-01) February 1, 1960 (age 59)
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Berry Gips
ChildrenSam, Peter, Ben
Alma materPrinceton 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]

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.


  1. ^ Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved February 25, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Podesta, Genachowski Join Obama Transition Team". Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  3. ^ "Obama Names Transition Team". Archived from the original on 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  4. ^ "Vice President Gore Names Donald Gips Domestic Policy Adviser". Retrieved 2008-11-06.[dead link]

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