Ambassador Bruce Gelb is Co-Chair of the council of American Ambassadors.
From 1994 to 1997, Ambassador Gelb served as Commissioner for the United Nations, Consular Corps and International Business for New York City. In this capacity, Commissioner Gelb was responsible for the strategy and implementation of actions to bring international businesses to New York City and the retention of resident foreign companies, the United Nations and its agencies. From 1989 to 1991, Ambassador Gelb served in the George H.W. Bush administration as the US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium from 1991-1993 and as Director of the US Information Agency from 1989-1991.
Prior to his service in government, he was a Vice Chairman of the Board of Bristol-Myers Company, now Bristol-Myers Squibb, with worldwide responsibility for the company's consumer products and health care businesses.
Ambassador Gelb has served as a member of President Bush's Arts and Humanities Committee and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is currently a Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club; a Life Trustee of Choate Rosemary Hall; a Board member of the United Nations Development Corporation; a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Council on Science and Health; Honorary Chairman and a Regent of the Center for Security Policy; and a member of the Advisory Board of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. In February 2003, Ambassador Gelb was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was also President of the Wilson Council until 2006.
Ambassador Gelb was born in New York City. After service in the US Navy, he received his B.A. degree in 1950 from Yale University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1953. He holds an honorary Ph.D. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.