December 19, 2014
Noah Mamet nominated as US ambassador
Obama unveils appointment of top campaign donor to Buenos Aires
US President Barack Obama formally announced yesterday he will nominate Noah Bryson Mamet as the new US ambassador to Argentina.
Mamet, who would be replacing Vilma Martínez after her term ended on July 4, is a veteran Democratic fund-raiser and consultant who has no evident experience with Latin American issues. Mamet is not a career diplomat, a trait he shares with his predecessor.
The appointment was widely expected.
Although the Senate still has to approve his appointment, according to normal diplomatic timetables, Mamet is widely expected to take over the Buenos Aires embassy starting around October or November this year. Until then, Deputy Chief of Mission Kevin K. Sullivan will continue to be the acting-ambassador (Chargé d’Affaires).
No date has been set for the Senate to debate the issue yet, the US embassy said.
Mamet, 42, was an active participant in Obama’s re-election campaign as a fund-raiser, raising more than US$500,000.
It is common for top fundraisers to then move on to plum ambassadorial posts and Obama’s “bundlers,” as the top fund-raisers are known, have not been an exception following his re-election last year.
Mamet currently lives in Marina del Rey, California, where he works at the business and political consulting firm Noah Mamet & Associates, a firm he founded in 2004. Previously, Mamet was senior adviser and national finance director for House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt from 1995 to 2003, and continued his service for Leader Gephardt’s Presidential bid in 2004.
Mamet has also worked closely with numerous national and international political leaders, including former US president Bill Clinton, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright.
Mamet received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1992.
According to his company’s website, Mamet is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. His charitable work includes his role as an active board member on the Los Angeles based Green Dot Public Schools, a public charter school operator in California, and NatureBridge, a nonprofit organization that teaches math and science to kids.
Mamet also served on an international delegation for the National Democratic Institute to monitor elections in Sierra Leone following the country’s civil war.
Mamet was also a principal adviser to the Wasserman Family Foundation based in Los Angeles, which focused on numerous philanthropic causes, including education reform efforts in California, according to the embassy.
When he was 21, Mamet began working for the Democratic Party as a driver and a bodyguard during the election campaign of Democratic candidate for the Senate Mel Lavine.
“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” Obama said as he announced Mamet’s nomination, along with new ambassadors for several other countries, including the Philippines and Niger, among others. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”