Clifford Sobel

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Clifford M. Sobel was nominated May 23, 2006, by President George W. Bush to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federative Republic of Brazil. Previously, Sobel served as the United States ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands beginning November 8, 2001.

Prior to this, Sobel served as Chairman of Net 2 Phone, Incorporated. Ambassador Sobel also currently serves as Chairman and President of SJJ Investment Corporation. Ambassador Sobel received his bachelor's degree from New York University. [1]

Mr. Sobel said in his statement as ambassador-designate to the Netherlands, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:

"I have worked extensively with public policy, not-for-profit institutions, serving on boards and chairing institutions such as: Lexington [i.e. Lexington Institute], Empower America, de Tocqueville [i.e. Alexis de Tocqueville Institution], and BENS (Business Executives for National Security) on issues that include international trade, immigration and national security." [2]

The following quote comes from Sobel's earlier U.S. Department of State biography:

"He was on the board of the Lexington Institute, a wide-ranging public policy think tank based in Arlington. Virginia, whose primary focuses are education reform, national security, deregulation, corporate governance and tax rate reduction. Prior to his service at The Lexington Institute, he served as Chairman of the Board Overseer of The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, also a public policy think tank." [3]

In an article Mr. Sobel wrote for AdTI, he was described as:

"Clifford M. Sobel is CEO of Bon Art International, a New Jersey-based international retail and design firm, and Chairman of the Board of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution (AdTI)." [4]

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  1. Board, Millennium Promise, accessed April 7, 2011.