Obama Nominates Dan Shapiro as Next U.S. Ambassador to Israel

— David A. Harris

The leadership, staff and supporters of the National Jewish Democratic Council heartily applaud President Barack Obama’s nomination today of Dan Shapiro to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel.

From his efforts advising the President during the campaign, through his crucial, top-level work at the National Security Council, we have known Dan to be a wise and trusted advisor — trusted by the President and members of Congress, trusted by Israel’s top leaders, and trusted by the American Jewish community. All of these skills and assets will serve him extremely well in his new capacity.

Most of all, anybody who has known and worked with Dan knows him as a genuine mensch, a trait which is quickly seen by those who come into contact with him. We know that as the people of Israel see more of Dan and everything he will bring to his position, the U.S.-Israel relationship will only be further strengthened.

We look forward to a speedy confirmation of this excellent pick by the United States Senate.

David Harris is the President and CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

Dan Shapiro’s biography follows the jump.
Daniel B. Shapiro is currently Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the National Security Staff at the White House, a position he has held since January of 2009. Mr. Shapiro served as a Senior Policy Advisor with a focus on Middle East policy on the Obama for America campaign and the Obama-Biden Transition.  From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Shapiro was Vice President of Timmons and Company, and from 2001 to 2007, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.  Prior to that, Mr. Shapiro served as Director for Legislative Affairs at the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration. From 1995 to 1999, he was a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, and from 1993 to 1995, he served as a Professional Staff Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Mr. Shapiro holds an A.M. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

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