President Joe Biden nominated Mark Gitenstein, Trinity ‘68, as ambassador to the European Union on Tuesday.
Gitenstein has previously served as a lobbyist for global law firm Mayer Brown, the investment bank Merrill Lynch and the accounting firm Arthur Andersen before the Enron scandal.
In 2008, Gitenstein joined former president Barack Obama’s transition team and later served as ambassador to Romania during the Obama administration. He was also previously on the board of directors for The Biden Foundation, which dissolved at the end of 2020.
Gitenstein is currently senior counsel at the global law firm Mayer Brown. An Alabama native, he graduated cum laude from Duke in 1968 and earned his J.D. from Georgetown Law School.
Biden described Gitenstein as his “best personal friend” in a 2009 speech, adding that they “have raised each other’s children.”
As of July 29, President Biden has had 100 of his political appointees confirmed by the Senate.
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Parker Harris is a Trinity senior and an editor at large of The Chronicle's 118th volume.