Press Release: Senate Approves Appointment of Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel, Ret.
The United States Senate, on August 4, 2022, unanimously approved the nomination by President Joseph Biden of Edward M. Gabriel to become a member of the board of the US Institute of Peace. Ambassador Gabriel currently serves as President and CEO of the American Task Force on Lebanon, a nonprofit organization that seeks to build greater understanding and cultural ties between the United States and Lebanon.
As a USIP board member, Ambassador Gabriel will become part of a prestigious organization that was founded by Congress and is a national, nonpartisan, independent institute, dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for US and global security.
Ambassador Gabriel was the 16th US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, serving during the second term of President Bill Clinton. He has been recognized with the Order of the Ouissam Alaouite from the King of Morocco in 2001, and the National Order of the Cedar from the President of Lebanon in 2002. His international work has also involved national security and trade issues, including matters of Russian and European nuclear non-proliferation.
He has also been recognized for his work in the fields of Native American rights and education, inner-city economic development initiatives, Arab American rights, energy policy, and promotion of American education in the Middle East.
His diplomatic career was preceded by a business career in which he built one of the largest public affairs companies in Washington, and early in his career was the founding Executive Director of the Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT), an energy development association comprised of 22 American Indian Tribes.
Gabriel is a native of Olean, NY and currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife, Kathleen Linehan, an accomplished lawyer and advocate for animal rights.
The American Task Force on Lebanon is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of prominent Americans of Lebanese heritage, who educate for the strengthening of the historic U.S.-Lebanon relationship. The mission and objectives of ATFL shall always be in the best interest of the United States and will promote the national unity, independence, and prosperity of a democratic and multi-sectarian Lebanon.