Friday, June 5, 2009

Officially In: David Jacobson to Ottawa

US Embassy Ottawa, Canada Photo from Published State/OIG Report
On June 4th, President Obama announced his intent to nominate David Jacobson to be Ambassador to Canada. Official bio released by the WH below:

Mr. Jacobson is currently serving as Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel. Prior to serving in the White House, Mr. Jacobson spent 30 years gaining expertise in the areas of complex commercial, class action, securities, insurance and business litigation as a partner at the law firm Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP. While working as a partner at Sonnenschien, Mr. Jacobson also founded AtomWorks, an organization to bring together corporate, civic and academic leaders in order to foster nanotechnology in the Midwest. He also served as a member of CEOs for Cities, a national bipartisan alliance of 75 mayors, corporate executives, university presidents and nonprofit leaders organized to advance the economic competitiveness of cities.

Mr. Jacobson received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and was the Administrative Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. * * * of the Center for Responsible Politics has named David Jacobson one of President Obama’s bundlers who raised between $50,000-$100,000 (bundlers are people with friends in high places who, after bumping against personal contribution limits, turn to those friends, associates, and, well, anyone who's willing to give, and deliver the checks to the candidate in one big "bundle.")

If confirmed, Mr. Jacobson would replace, David Wilkins who was appointed 28th US Ambassador to Canada during Bush’s second term. Mr. Wilkins departed post the day before Obama's inauguration in January.

Related Item: President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Key Administration Posts, 6-4-09

1 comment:

Geoff said...

Actually he's not replacing David Wilkins. David Wilkins was forced to resign in January. 'Replacing' implies that Jacobson is taking Wilkins' current job, when the position of US Ambassador to Canada has been vacant for almost six months.