Ambassador Daniel Shapiro
Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Former National Security Council Senior Director
Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro served as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel from July 21, 2011 through the end of the Obama Administration. Before arriving in Tel Aviv, Dan was Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the National Security Council at the White House, where he advised President Obama and other senior U.S. officials on all aspects of U.S. policy in the region. Prior to serving in the White House, he was Senior Policy Advisor for the Obama for America presidential campaign. He advised the campaign on Middle East policy and led then-Senator Obama’s visit to Israel in July 2008.
Dan spent much of his career working in senior positions in the U.S. Congress, with a focus on Middle East policy. He began his career in government as a Professional Staff Member on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East, under Chairman Lee Hamilton of Indiana. He later served as a Legislative Assistant and senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Senator Bill Nelson of Florida.
From 1999 to 2001, Dan was Director for Legislative Affairs at the National Security Council, serving as Congressional liaison for National Security Advisor Sandy Berger. He previously worked for the U.S. State Department at the U.S. Embassy in the United Arab Emirates.
Dan was born in Champaign, Illinois. He received a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University with a focus on modern Middle Eastern history. He graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University, with high honors in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and an additional concentration in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. He also studied at Hebrew University and speaks Hebrew and some Arabic.