Former State Department Conflict Diamonds Advisor Joins GIA

Brad Brooks-Rubin, the former special advisor for conflict diamonds for the U.S. Department of State, has joined the Gemological Institute of America as global director of development and beneficiation.

Brooks-Rubin will join GIA’s development team and will work with nongovernmental organizations, trade groups, and government agencies to further GIA’s beneficiation initiatives in gem-producing regions.

“Brad’s extensive experience in international law, government, and compliance combined with his commitment to promoting transparency in the gem and jewelry industry will contribute significantly to GIA’s beneficiation and economic development efforts in the nations and communities that are so important to the global trade,” said Susan Jacques, the institute’s president and CEO, in a statement.

“As an independent, global public-benefit organization, GIA is in a unique position to foster sustainable development of local economic value in gem-producing regions,” added Brooks-Rubin, also in a statement.

Brooks-Rubin joins GIA from law firm Holland & Hart, after having served 4.5 years as special advisor for conflict diamonds for the U.S. Department of State. Following that, he received the Jewelers Vigilance Committee’s Stanley Schechter Award.

Brooks-Rubin began with GIA May 27, and will work with GIA offices globally.

Following his tenure, Brooks-Rubin gave JCK an exit interview.

JCK News Director