Ambassador Rockwell Schnabel serves as Co-Chair of the Pacific Council on International Policy’s Board of Directors. He is the founder and Chairman of The Sage Group, a boutique merchant bank in Los Angeles. He co-founded Trident Capital, a Palo Alto based venture capital firm. In addition to his long, successful career in business, Ambassador Schnabel has had a distinguished career in the U.S. Government, serving as U.S. Ambassador to Finland (1986-1989), U.S. Ambassador to the European Union (2001-2005), and Acting Secretary of Commerce (1991-1992).
He served in the United States Air Force reserves for 6 years and was a member of the Los Angeles Olympic Committee, Chairman of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, and President of the Fire and Police Pension Fund. He was the former President of Bateman Eichler, Hills Richards, Inc. (Wells Fargo Bank).
Mr. Schnabel has served on the board of numerous public and private companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and a member of The USC Center on Public Diplomacy Advisory Board of the Annenberg School and he attended Trinity College in Europe.