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Obama nominee for ambassador to Iceland is a Cambridge attorney

Posted by Your Town  October 31, 2013 10:38 AM

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President Barack Obama nominated a Cambridge attorney who has been a top fundraiser to be ambassador to Iceland, on Wednesday.

Robert Barber, who lives in the Porter Square neighborhood, was named a top “bundler” for Obama by the New York Times, which reported in September 2012 that Barber had raised $2.9 million for Obama since 2007.

Barber is an attorney at the Boston law firm Looney & Grossman, where his lawyering focuses on start-ups, medium-sized companies and corporate litigation.

The small, island nation in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean went through a particularly devastating economic crisis during the global recession precipitated in part by the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Barber was born in Columbus, Ga., in 1950 and raised in Charleston, S.C., according to his lawyer’s bio page, which said he attended Phillips Academy, Harvard College and Boston University School of Law, as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he obtained a masters in city and regional planning.

He is treasurer at the Social Law Library, a trustee at Phillips Brooks House Association, and director of the Abbot Academy Association. The current ambassador is Luis Arreaga, who was born and raised in Guatemala and served in the State Department before taking the post in 2010. Barber’s nomination will go to the Senate for confirmation.

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