Ambassador Noah Mamet
Noah B. Mamet most recently served as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina during President Obama’s administration. Ambassador Mamet was awarded the Medal of San Martin at the rank of Great Cross in December 2016 by the government of Argentina, only the third American in over 200 years to receive such a distinction. He was also the first diplomat ever to be featured on the cover of Argentina’s most recognized national newspaper magazine, La Nacion, in June of 2016, as well as on the cover of Gente Magazine’s 2016 “People of the Year.”
During the Ambassador’s tenure in Argentina, bi-lateral relations between the U.S. and Argentina dramatically improved by initially focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship, energy, and educational exchanges and later adding security cooperation, counter-narcotics, and climate change. His efforts resulted in a special Corporate Citizenship Award from the American Chamber of Commerce and the Bridges of the Americas award from the Centro de Estudios Americanos for his work promoting educational, cultural, and professional exchanges between both countries. One such initiative was a unique educational exchange created for Argentine undergraduate students called Friends of Fulbright scholarship program, to dramatically increase the number of Argentines studying in the United States. It was lauded as the first public-private partnership in the history of Fulbright scholarships.
In March 2016, Ambassador Mamet hosted President Obama and the First Family’s historic trip to Buenos Aires, the first bi-lateral presidential visit to Argentina in nearly 20 years. In addition to the successful presidential visit, the Embassy hosted an unprecedented number of top U.S. government officials including U.S. Southern Command Admiral Kurt Tidd, the highest-ranking military officer to visit Argentina in over 20 years. During 2016, Ambassador Mamet led efforts to coordinate security training and exchanges for over 2000 officials within the Argentine Ministry of Security, establishing a new precedent for security cooperation.
Ambassador Mamet also led the first of its kind Argentine delegation of public and private sector leaders to California to strengthen economic ties through technology, innovation, and clean energy. Under his leadership, the U.S. Embassy was the first embassy in Argentina to install renewable energy through the use of solar panels, becoming one of the first embassies in the world to install a wind turbine.
Previously, Ambassador Mamet was the founder of a business consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The firm represented numerous business clients including Tesla electric cars, as well as SpaceX, the private sector leader partnering with NASA. Prior to that, he was a key advisor to Democratic presidential candidates as well as numerous U.S. Senators and members of Congress. During the 2012 election, he served on President Obama’s National Finance Committee. In 2018 Ambassador Mamet joined the multinational law firm of DLA Piper as a strategic advisor on Latin American issues.
In 2007 he was a member of a high-level international delegation to Sierra Leone, representing the National Democratic Institute, to monitor and report on the first openly democratic election since that country’s civil war. Ambassador Mamet is a member of the Pacific Council on International Relations as well as the American Council of Young Political Leaders. He currently serves on the board of the Latin American Program at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. In 2016 Ambassador Mamet was inducted into his high school Hall of Fame.
Outside the world of politics and international affairs, Ambassador Mamet has worked on numerous philanthropic causes, including education reform efforts in California. He served on the executive board of Green Dot Public Charter Schools, one of the largest public charter school operators in the country.
A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, he now lives in California as well as Buenos Aires, focusing on international investments in Argentina as well as Argentine companies expanding internationally.