Ambassador Marc Ginsberg spent his formative years in the Middle East (Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt) and was the first U.S. Ambassador of Jewish heritage to an Arab nation. Appointed by President Clinton, he served four years in Morocco (1994-1998) and as Special Envoy for Mediterranean Trade & Security (1998 – 2001). Amb. Ginsberg commenced his government career as a national security legislative assistant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (1971-1977). During the Carter Administration he served as White House Liaison for Secretary of State Vance and Chief of Staff to Special Envoy Gov. Averell Harriman (1977-1979). In 1979 he was appointed Deputy Senior Adviser to President Carter for Middle East Policy.
He earned his law degree from Georgetown University in 1978 and practiced international commercial and corporate law from 1981-1993. In 1981, he became one of the co-founders of Sutton Place Gourmet (now Balduccis), one of America’s largest gourmet food retail emporiums. Amb. Ginsberg served as Deputy Press Secretary to President Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, and co-national security director for Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he was co-founder and President of Layalina Arab television productions (www.layalina.tv) – the first U.S. Arab language television production company serving the Middle East chaired by former President George H.W. Bush. Amb. Ginsberg has served as a counter-terrorism/counter extremism adviser to several Arab governments as well as to the US government.
Currently, Amb. Ginsberg is the Senior Diplomatic Adviser to the Counter Extremism Project, based in New York (www.counterextremsim.com), whose mission is to provide governments and corporations technological support to rapidly identify and facilitate the removal of extremist content from global social media platforms. Amb. Ginsberg appears regularly on many U.S. television and radio networks, including MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Sirius XM POTUS, Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV and WTOP Radio in Washington, D.C. Fluent in several Middle East languages, he also is a commentator on BBC, France 24, as well as Arab and Israeli media outlets.