Obama Nominates Two More Openly Gay Men As U.S. Ambassadors
As speculated upon earlier this week with the ambassadorship nomination of Daniel Baer, President Obama has nominated two more openly gay U.S. Ambassador candidates.
Rufus Gifford has been tapped as the ambassador to Denmark, while James Costos has been nominated as the ambassador to Spain. Both nominees now need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
According to GayPolitics.com:
James Costos is Vice President of Global Licensing and Retail for Home Box Office (HBO). He began his career in New York as a fashion and retail executive. From 2001 to 2002, he was Vice President of Retail for Hermes in New York, and from 1991 to 2001, he was Vice President of Retail Operations for Tod’s in New York. Mr. Costos currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Humane Society of the United States. He received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.
Rufus Gifford most recently served as Finance Chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. He served as Finance Director for Obama for America from 2011 to 2012, and as Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011. From 2008 to 2009, he was the California Finance Director for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, after working as a political consultant in California from 2004 to 2008. He received a B.A. from Brown University.