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Originally published Monday, September 14, 2009 at 12:12 AM

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Seattle investor nominated as next Luxembourg ambassador

Cynthia Stroum, a Seattle investor and philanthropist who was a major fundraiser for President Obama's campaign last year, has been nominated as the next ambassador to Luxembourg.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Cynthia Stroum, a Seattle investor and philanthropist who was a major fundraiser for President Obama's campaign last year, has been nominated as the next ambassador to Luxembourg.

Stroum was described in a White House news release as an "angel investor" in more than 20 retail and technology companies. She also has been active in civic and charitable activities, establishing two foundations focusing on cancer research and serving on the board of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

She previously worked in the television and film industry. She was one of the producers for the revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway, which received a Tony nomination in 2004.

Her nomination continues a long tradition of ambassadorships being awarded to political patrons. The previous ambassador to Luxembourg, Peter Terpeluk Jr., was a major fundraiser for President George W. Bush.

In Stroum's case, she was a major contributor and fundraiser for the Obama campaign last year.

She contributed $28,500 to the Democratic National Committee and $4,600 to Obama's presidential campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission.

More important, Stroum was on Obama's national finance committee, meaning she bundled at least $500,000 in contributions for his election effort, according to the watchdog group Public Citizen.

Stroum also has contributed at least $6,800 to the campaigns of Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell since 2000.

Stroum is the daughter of the late Sam Stroum, a prominent Seattle businessman and Jewish-community leader who supported some of the city's biggest arts and educational institutions.

The White House announced the nomination in a news release Friday. Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Jim Brunner: 206-515-5628 or jbrunner@seattletimes.com

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