Gordon D. Sondland

Gordon Sondland is the Founder and CEO of Provenance Hotels, a national owner and operator of full-service boutique “lifestyle” hotels.

In 2018, Sondland was appointed to serve as the 20th United States Ambassador to the European Union by President Donald Trump. Sondland was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in June of 2018 and served as Ambassador to the EU until February of 2020. As Ambassador, Sondland was one of the highest-ranking US officials in Europe and his portfolio included trade, energy, national security, defense agriculture and several other files.

Sondland has held positions on Governor Kulongoski’s transition team, as well as on the Commission for White House Fellowships to which he was appointed by President George W. Bush. He served as a principal Republican liaison between Oregon and the White House and assisted successfully in securing federal funds for various urgent State needs. Sondland also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Portland Art Museum, and was elected its Chairman in 2009 where he served until 2011. He was appointed by Governor Kulongoski as Chairman to the Governor’s Office of Film and Television in 2002. He recently served as member of the US Bancorp Advisory Board, and he also recently served on the Board of Visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

European Union (EU), (2018 - 2020)

Areas of Expertise