Donald Gross is a policy expert, strategist and lawyer with many years of experience in government, public affairs, diplomacy and international business. He is also a senior associate of Pacific Forum CSIS, a non-profit foreign policy research institute affiliated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and specializes in U.S. security and economic policy toward East Asia.
Mr. Gross held several U.S. government positions before returning to the private sector in 2000. From 1997 until 2000, he was senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs in the Department of State where he developed diplomatic strategy toward East Asia and served in senior positions on U.S. delegations negotiating sensitive issues with China, Japan, South Korea and North Korea. Prior to joining the State Department, he was senior policy advisor and counselor of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency from 1994 to 1997 and director of legislative affairs at the National Security Council in the White House from 1993 to 1994.
Mr. Gross 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.
Before and immediately after his government service, Mr. Gross 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 speechwriter and senior issues advisor in 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 pursued doctoral studies in political science. He is a graduate of the program for senior executives in national and international security at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.