Former State Department official Thomas R. Nides “has emerged as the likely candidate for ambassador to Israel,” according to the Washington Post on Tuesday night. US President Joe Biden will begin announcing his nominations for ambassadorship positions this week.
Nides is currently the managing director and vice chairman of Morgan Stanley, working with global clients and external and governmental affairs issues. He previously served as deputy secretary of state for management and resources under Hillary Clinton from 2011 to 2013. He was also awarded the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award in January 2013.
Nides was born in Duluth, Minnesota, to a Jewish family. He began his career on Capitol Hill as an assistant to the House Majority Whip and executive assistant to the Speaker of the House. He then worked as a chief of staff for several members of Congress before transitioning to the banking industry in 1996.
Before joining Morgan Stanley, Nides was the global president and CEO of Burson-Marsteller and the CEO of Credit Suisse First Boston, the investment banking subsidiary of Zurich-based Credit Suisse Group, according to his profile on the State Department’s website.
Amos Hochstein, the Obama administration’s special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs; former Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler; and businessman Michael Adler, a longtime friend of the president, have all been mentioned as possible candidates for the Jerusalem position.
Hochstein, who was born and raised in Israel and worked in the IDF, has been quoted about Biden regularly in Israeli media in recent months.
According to the Washington Post, other nominees being considered for ambassadorship positions include Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain, who is up for the position of World Food Program envoy, and former Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel for ambassador to Japan.