Join Ambassador Gordon Gray, SIA Professor of Practice, for a Coffee Chat on October 12, 2022, in Katz Room 249. This is an opportunity for faculty, students, and staff to come together in an informal space to enjoy coffee and conversation.
Prior to his retirement from the U.S. government after 35 years of public service, Ambassador Gray was the Deputy Commandant at the National War College. He was the U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia from 2009 until 2012, witnessing the start of the Arab Spring and directing the U.S. response in support of Tunisia’s transition. From 2008-2009, he served in Iraq as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador, focusing on governance and infrastructure in the southern provinces. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2005 until 2008.
Before joining the faculty at Penn State, Ambassador Gray served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and as Executive Vice President at the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a non-resident fellow at CAP and at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Ambassador Gray serves on the Board of Directors of the Tunisian-American Young Professionals Association and the Advisory Council of the Middle East Institute’s North Africa and Sahel program. He is also a member of the American Foreign Service Association and the American Academy of Diplomacy.