Mr. Gordon Gray joined the faculty of the National War College in July 2012. He was the U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia from 2009 until 2012, witnessing the start of the Arab Spring and directing the U.S. response in support of Tunisia's transition. Ambassador Gray served in Iraq as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador from 2008-2009. Before that, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2005-2008, where his responsibilities included promotion of U.S. interests in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and oversight of the Bureau's Regional Affairs office.
Ambassador Gray's other foreign assignments include Egypt (where he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission from 2002-2005), Canada, Jordan, Pakistan, and Morocco, where he began his career in government as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Ambassador Gray holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.A. from Columbia, and is a member of the Middle East Institute and the American Foreign Service Association. He has received the Presidential Meritorious Service award and other awards for exceptional service.
He and his wife have three children. In addition to spending time with his family, Ambassador Gray enjoys running, and he has run marathons and half-marathons in Europe, North Africa, and the United States.