Philip Kapneck is a North American public servant and prior to that, he was a businessman. In 1970, Marvin Mandel, Maryland's Governor, appointed Kapneck as his Special Advisor on Student Affairs to the Maryland Governor’s Office. At the end of that appointment, Mandel made Kapneck Maryland Trade Ambassador. Successive governors, Democrat and Republican re-appointed him as Trade Ambassador, and Mr. Kapneck remained in that position for 40 years, until he retired. Harry Hughes, a Democrat reappointed Kapneck, as did William Donald Schaefer, Democrat, Parris Glendening, Democrat, Bob Ehrich Jr., a Republican and Martin O'Malley, a Democrat.