Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism
Gregg Rickman was sworn in as the Secretary of State’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism on May 22, 2006. In this position, he is responsible for the global monitoring of acts of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic incitement and the creation of policies to combat such acts.
From 1995-1998, he directed the three-year United States Senate Banking Committee investigation, including five Congressional hearings, into the disposition of assets of Holocaust victims held by Swiss banks since World War II, ending with a $1.25 billion settlement on behalf of the survivors.
He has served as the Director of Congressional Affairs at the Republican Jewish Coalition, where he worked on legislative issues of concern to the Jewish community including anti-Semitism, counter-terrorism, and immigration. He also led outreach to Jewish social action groups and coalitions, as well as constituent member groups.
Most recently, he served on the staff of the House International Relations Committee where he served first on the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia and handled numerous issues including anti-Semitism and Holocaust restitution, and then as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations where he directed the Committee’s investigation into the UN Oil-for-Food program and was the main author of the Committee’s Report on the investigation.
He is the author of two books, Swiss Banks and Jewish Souls, 1999, and Conquest and Redemption, A History of Jewish Assets from the Holocaust, to be issued later this year.
He received his Bachelor's and Master’s degrees from John Carroll University and his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Miami.