In 2018, Sondland was appointed to serve as the 20th U.S. Ambassador to the European Union by President Donald Trump. Sondland was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in June 2018 and served as Ambassador to the E.U. until February 2020. As Ambassador, Sondland was one of the highest-ranking U.S. officials in Europe and his portfolio included trade, energy, national security, defense, agriculture and several other files.

Sondland has held positions on Governor Ted Kulongoski’s transition team, as well as on the Commission for White House Fellowships to which he was appointed by President George W. Bush. He served as a principal Republican liaison between Oregon and the White House and assisted successfully in securing federal funds for various urgent State needs. Sondland also served as Chairman of the Portland Art Museum until 2011. He was appointed by Governor Kulongoski as Chairman to the Governor’s Office of Film and Television in 2002. He is a current member of the U.S. Bancorp Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

Gordon Sondland is the Founder and CEO of Provenance Hotels, a national owner and operator of full-service boutique “lifestyle” hotels.

The Gordon Sondland Foundation

Helping Families.
Boosting Communities.

The Gordon Sondland Foundation’s mission of “Helping Families & Boosting Communities” is carried out through contributions, challenge grants, and long term pledges of support to a wide range of charitable organizations.


Below is a list of just some of the many organizations that the Sondland Durant Foundation
has made contributions to…


Gordon Sondland is the Founder & Chairman of Provenance, a national owner, operator and developer of full-service boutique hotels.

An early adopter of the lifestyle hotel concept, Sondland started his career in hospitality when he formed Provenance, opening its first – Hotel Lucia – in downtown Portland, Oregon in 2001. Today, the successful brand has grown organically, comprised of 14 uniquely designed assets in some of the nation’s most sought-after metropolitan markets from Boston to Seattle. The latest development in Fort Wayne, Indiana – The Bradley – opened in July 2021. Collectively, the brand and individual hotels have garnered national and international acclaim among industry-leading publications like The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure as well as prestigious rankings on the CNT Reader’s Choice Awards and T+L’s Gold List.

about the book

The Envoy

A behind-the-scenes candid reveal at Trump, his cabinet, and an international diplomacy you’ve never seen before—written by someone with no scores to settle, no hidden agenda, no check to cash, and no cares to give.

These are just a few of the questions Sondland wants to answer. The Envoy is a surprising and endlessly amusing account of inflated egos, botched phone calls, bad behavior, and international jujitsu.