Andrew H Gross is the Executive Director of the New Jersey – Israel Commission, overseeing the State’s relations with the State of Israel and the Commission’s objectives of promoting the development of trade, culture, and educational exchanges; encouraging the development of capital investment and joint business ventures; and fostering a spirit of cooperation between the citizens of the State of Israel and the State of New Jersey.
Between 2012 and 2019 Andrew served as the Director of Political Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York. In that role he advised Ambassadors Dani Dayan and Ido Aharoni during their respective tenures as Consul General and promoted bilateral ties between the United States and Israel with regional stakeholders. He acted as the primary liaison to federal, state, and local officials in New York and New Jersey as well as leaders of Jewish and other faith-based organizations, community groups, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and industry executives. He also coordinated with other diplomatic missions and engaged with foreign policy associations.
During those years Andrew participated in the planning and execution of high-level delegations including several for governors to Israel and President Reuven Rivlin’s inaugural visit to New York. He successfully advanced bipartisan support for the U.S. – Israel partnership, oversaw the Consulate’s outreach to diverse and minority communities, was a frequent public speaker, and managed two successful relief missions to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Prior to the Consulate, Andrew was a Fellow at the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller and worked in both the Issues and Crisis Group and the U.S. Digital Practice.
Andrew was born in New York City, raised in Bergen County, and is a graduate of Ramapo High School. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, speaks conversational Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Hebrew and Arabic.