David L. Gossack
Senior Commercial Officer, Jakarta, Indonesia
David Gossack has served as Senior Commercial Officer and Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia since July 2011. In his role in the world’s 4th most populous country of Indonesia, he leads US business development efforts in Southeast Asia’s largest economy and America’s fastest growing export market in 2010.
Mr. Gossack was a leader of U.S. commercial engagement in China for 7 years from 2003 to 2010. From 2007 to 2010, he was Principal Commercial Officer at the US Consulate General in Shanghai where he led one of the Commerce Department’s largest overseas offices in supporting American companies conducting business in East China and served on the Boards of Governors of Asia’s largest American Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as Commercial Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing from 2003-2007, in Bangkok, Thailand from 1999-2002, and in Tokyo, Japan from 1995-1999.
He is the recipient of numerous awards from the Department of Commerce, including its Gold Medal Award, the agency’s highest honorary award in recognition of professional achievement. He has also received from DOC two Silver Medals, a Bronze Medal and two Director General’s Awards.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Gossack held several positions in the Department of State, including at the American Embassy in Tokyo from 1982 to 1985, and the Official of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President. From 1987 to 1990, he served as Legislative Assistant and Counsel to the late U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga of Hawaii, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on International Trade. Mr. Goddack was an active participant in the drafts of several pieces of legislation in the Senate and also served as the Senator’s representative on the U.S. National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation.
An attorney, Mr. Gossack subsequently practiced international trade and business law in a Washington, DC firm for several years.
Mr. Gossack is a graduate of Stanford University and the School of Law at the University of Washington and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. He is a native of San Jose, California. In addition to Bahasa Indonesian, his foreign languages are conversation in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, French, and Spanish.