Donald Gross is a lawyer, business strategist and policy expert with many years of experience in international government relations, international trade,
regulatory compliance and public affairs.
Mr. Gross has held a number of senior public and private sector positions. He served as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for International Security
Affairs in the Department of State where he developed diplomatic strategy and served in leadership roles on U.S. delegations negotiating sensitive security and strategic trade issues. Previously, he was Counselor of the U.S. Arms Control
and Disarmament Agency where he coordinated and conducted bilateral consultations with Asian and European countries and also served as Director of Legislative affairs at the National Security Council in the White House.
Mr. Gross is an adjunct fellow of Pacific Forum CSIS, a non-profit foreign policy research institute affiliated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has published analyses and opinion pieces in leading international publications, including the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, Foreign Policy’s “Passport”, Global Asia, Comparative Connections, the
Harvard International Law Journal, Newsweek Korea and Newsweek Japan. He has served as a
commentator for CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business News and Public Radio International.
Mr. Gross has practiced law in New York, Washington and Seoul, Korea. He began his career as a journalist with the New Orleans Times-Picayune and later served as a legislative counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as a speechwriter and senior issues advisor for several
presidential campaigns. Mr. Gross graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University and holds a law degree from the University of Chicago, where he also completed all coursework and
qualifying examinations for a PhD in Political Science. From 1985 to 1993, he served as a Reserve U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer, including as Assistant Naval Attaché (France). He is a graduate of the program for senior executives in national and international security at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.