Trump Nominates Jewish and Israel Philanthropist as Ambassador to France

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Jamie McCourt at question and answer session with Women's Philanthropy of Jewish Federation conference at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine. (Credit: OC Register)
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The Trump administration announced that Jamie McCourt (née Luskin), ex-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers as his pick to be U.S. ambassador to France.

“Ms. McCourt possesses a unique global perspective, having lived and worked both domestically and abroad in various industries — sports, law, finance, education and real estate,” the White House said in a statement.

McCourt became the highest-ranking woman in Major League Baseball, appointed first as Vice Chairman of the Dodgers in 2004, then President in 2005, and finally CEO in 2009.

Jamie McCourt with Victoria Beckham.(Credit: Trueblue LA)

McCourt holds a law degree from the University of Maryland and speaks fluent French, and maintains business interests in both Los Angeles and Boston.

Jamie McCourt (née Luskin) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Jewish parents. Her father, Jack Luskin, ran the Luskin’s chain of appliance stores in Maryland. As a 17-year-old freshman at Georgetown University.

Tiger Woods with the McCourts at a Dodgers game. (LA DODGERS)

McCourt earned a degree in French at Georgetown University, a law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. McCourt also holds a diploma from La Sorbonne at the University of Paris and speaks fluent French.

McCourt’s philanthropy focuses on promoting business education, contemporary art, and the worldwide Jewish community.
Jamie (center) and Frank McCourt (right) as she is presented thHebrew University.

McCourt was the recipient of the Scopus Award, the highest humanitarian honor given by the American Friends of the Hebrew University for community leaders who have active involvement in humanitarian causes

In October, 2011, it was announced that the she was divorcing her husband Frank McCourt in what was a highly contested legal battle. A settlement was reached whereby they were dividing their assets equally and she received about $130 million and renounce her claims on the team. This settlement ended what is widely believed to be the costliest divorce in California history. Three months later, Frank McCourt sold the Dodgers for $2 billion.
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