New Zealand –
US Ambassador Mark Gilbert welcomed to New Zealand - 9th February
US Ambassador to New Zealand Mark Gilbert today presented his
credentials to Governor-General Jerry Mateparae at a ceremony at Government
This was the final step in the process of officially becoming the
US Ambassador to New Zealand.
President Barack Obama nominated Mark
Gilbert as United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa on January 6,
2014. The US Senate confirmed Ambassador Gilbert’s appointment on December 12,
2014 and he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on January 7, 2015.
Ambassador Gilbert formerly served as a Managing Director of UBS, the
culmination of a distinguished career in finance, which included positions at
Barclays and Goldman Sachs. From 2009 to 2013 he served as the Deputy National
Finance Chair for the Democratic National Committee.
Prior to his banking
career, Ambassador Gilbert played professional baseball for eight seasons,
reaching the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 1985. Ambassador
Gilbert is the first former major league player to become a United States
Ambassador Gilbert served on the Development Committee and
Utah Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute; Chairman of the Board of Trustees
and Finance Committee at Pine Crest School (1992-2012); and President and
Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee of B'nai Torah Congregation
Ambassador Gilbert is a graduate of Florida State
University. He and his wife Nancy have two daughters.