CSIS Appoints Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides to Board of Trustees

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 14, 2023 – The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce that Thomas Nides, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, has been appointed to the CSIS Board of Trustees.

Nides, who served as the United States’ ambassador to Israel from 2021 until July 2023, joins CSIS’s Board of Trustees at a crucial moment for Israel and for the Middle East more broadly. His deep expertise and unique perspective will be critically important assets as CSIS scholars continue to analyze the current conflict between Israel and Hamas and other key regional issues.

“Tom’s distinguished career has traversed the seniormost positions of private sector companies and firms as well as some of the highest offices of the U.S. Department of State. He brings a diversity of experience and strong sense of leadership that will, without a doubt, be of tremendous benefit to CSIS and to our mission of advancing practical ideas to address the world’s greatest challenges,” said CSIS president and CEO John J. Hamre. “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Tom to our Board of Trustees.”

Prior to his post in Israel, Ambassador Nides spent nearly a decade at Morgan Stanley as chief operating officer, managing director, and vice chairman, and served on the Operating and Management Committees. Appointed by President Barack Obama, Nides served as deputy secretary of state and chief operating officer of the U.S. State Department and was awarded the nation’s highest diplomatic honor by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for his service. He has also held roles in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse and as president and CEO of Burson-Marsteller, a global public affairs firm.

Nides began his career in politics, with a variety of roles on Capitol Hill, and he received his BA from the University of Minnesota. He currently serves on the boards of the Partnership for Public Service, the International Rescue Committee, the Atlantic Council, and the Urban Alliance Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the former chairman of the board of the Woodrow Wilson Center, appointed by President Obama.

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