Obama Taps Two Jews for Key Positions
Mara Rudman and Marc Grossman selected for senior posts
Jewish diplomats Mara Rudman and Marc Grossman have been selected by the Obama administration for senior posts.
Obama is nominating Rudman to the top State Department post administering assistance to the Middle East through the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Rudman, who has served on both the Clinton and Obama National Security Councils, has been involved with several groups promoting peace talks in the Middle East. He was also a senior official with the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims.
Meanwhile, Grossman is said to be set to replace Richard Holbrooke, who died in December, as Obama’s top envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Grossman has served in senior State Department positions and was the ambassador to Turkey in the mid-1990s.