Rufus Gifford was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 1, 2013, and sworn in on August 15, 2013, as the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark. Prior to this, Ambassador Gifford most recently had 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. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Gifford was Creative Executive for Davis Entertainment, an independent film company based in Los Angeles.
He has been a member and supporter of the Human Rights Campaign and the World Wildlife Fund. He received a B.A. from Brown University.