Trump Administration Personnel Update Through November 21: White House, USDA, HHS, US Attorneys

More announcements are being made each day.  We will update this list, as appropriate.

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

WHITE HOUSE STAFF

Chief of Staff - Reince Priebus - head of the RNC (Resigned July 27, 2017)

Gen. John Kelly, former Secretary of Homeland Security under President Trump and USMC - United States Southern Command (July 28, 2017)

Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Adviser to the Chief of Staff - Sean Cairncross - Republican National Committee Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee for two cycles (2009-2012)

Director of the Office of Chief of Staff - Michael Ambrosini

Special Assistant to the President and Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff - Zachary D. Fuentes - Mr. Fuentes previously served as Military Assistant to the Secretary of Homeland Security.

  • Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh - Chief of Staff at the Republican National Committee (Departure for America First Policies announced on March 30, 2017)
  • Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Chief of Staff - Kirstjen M. Nielsen - Ms. Nielsen formerly served as Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations - Joe Hagin - Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in the George W. Bush White House
  • Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy - Rick Dearborn – former top aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and nominee for Attorney General

Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the President - Stephen K. Bannon - Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Network (Fired August 18, 2017)

  • Special Assistant to the President – Julia Hahn - staff writer at Breitbart News - She is expected to primarily work under White House chief strategist Steve Bannon

Senior White House Advisor - Jared Kushner – Son-in-law; CEO of Kushner Companies and publisher of the New York Observer

  • Special Assistant to the President and Assistant to the Senior Advisor - Avrahm (Avi) Berkowitz
  • Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the President for Policy - Stephen Miller - Responsible for directing White House policy staff, managing speechwriting functions, and working to ensure the enactment of the President’s policy agenda. Served throughout as the campaign’s chief speechwriter, and is currently the policy director for the President-elect’s Transition Team; served as a key advisor to several members of Congress, including U.S. Senator from Alabama Jeff Sessions, and served in senior leadership roles on both the Senate Budget Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee.
    • Office of the Senior Advisor to the President for Policy, Staff Announcements:
      • Director of Policy and Interagency Coordination - Carlos Diaz-Rosillo - has been serving on the President-elect’s Transition Team as Policy Implementation Executive Authority Advisor and White House Lead.  He has been a member of the faculty of government at Harvard University for more than eight years.
      • Advisor for Policy, Strategy and Speechwriting - Vince Haley - longtime associate of former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. He served as policy director and later campaign manager of Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign. During the President-elect’s campaign, Mr. Haley developed ethics reform policies.
      • Advisor for Policy, Strategy and Speechwriting - Ross Worthington - longtime aide to former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. He served as research director for Gingrich, deputy communications director for Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign and later as Gingrich’s primary writer. During the campaign, Mr. Worthington, together with Mr. Vince Haley, worked to formulate and communicate policies that advanced the Trump agenda.
      • Advisor for Policy Development and Speechwriting - Ryan Jarmula - served as a member of Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s staff for a number of years. As a member of then-Congressman Pence’s Capitol Hill office, he handled a variety of issues including foreign affairs, and later served Pence in his capacity as Governor of the State of Indiana as Policy Director for Veterans Affairs and most recently as Speechwriter. During the campaign, Mr. Jarmula worked on Stephen Miller’s staff and had an active role in policy development.
      • Advisor for Policy - Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth and the Empowerment of Women - Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs partner, and previously served as the chief of the personnel office in the White House under President George W. Bush.[1]
      • Special Assistant to the Senior Advisor - Robert Gabriel - served as policy advisor on the President-elect’s campaign and assisted the National Policy Director in policy development, speechwriting functions, and staff management.
      • Director of Strategic Initiatives - Chris Liddell - previously a CFO at Microsoft and General Motors, as well as the executive director of Mitt Romney’s 2012 transition planning team.[2]
    • Domestic Policy Council
      • Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council - Andrew Bromberg -worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2009, including serving as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Public Health and Science. He later served as Policy Advisor and Counsel on Nominations for Senator Mitch McConnell. He worked as the Policy Director for the 2016 Republican Party Platform. He now works in a lead policy and administrative role on the Presidential Transition Team.
      • Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Director of Budget Policy  - Paul Winfree - Director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, the Center for Data Analysis and the Richard F. Aster Research Fellow, all at The Heritage Foundation. Prior to joining Heritage, Mr. Winfree was the Director of Income Security on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.
      • Healthcare Policy - Katy Talento - an infectious disease epidemiologist with nearly 20 years of experience in public health and health policy, as well as government oversight and investigations and program evaluation, served on the campaign since July 2016. Ms. Talento has spent 12 years in the U.S. Senate, working for five Senators and two committees.
      • Urban Affairs and Revitalization - Ja’Ron K. Smith - served as a Congressional staff member for nearly a decade. Smith served the House Republican Conference legislative staff under then-Chairman Mike Pence prior to joining the Republican Study Committee to serve on the professional policy staff under Congressman Jim Jordan. He later served as Economic Advisor to Senator Tim Scott and currently works as the Director of External Affairs for Generation Opportunity.
      • Education Policy - Rob Goad - currently serves on the Presidential Transition as the education lead for the implementation of the President-elect’s education policy agenda. Prior to developing education policy for the President-elect’s successful campaign, Mr. Goad served as a Senior Policy Advisor to House Policy Committee Chair Luke Messer focusing on education issues. He also played a pivotal role advancing school choice policies as Director of the Congressional School Choice Caucus.
      • Justice and Homeland Security Policy - John Zadrozny - worked for the past six years on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary for Senator Ted Cruz. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, he served in the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Department of State.
      • Regulatory Reform, Legal and Immigration Policy - Zina Bash - currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Development at Doctors’ Hospital at Renaissance. Her previous positions include Deputy Director of Policy and Communications for Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign and Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee in Senator John Cornyn’s office. Ms. Bash also practiced law as an appellate attorney at international law firm Gibson Dunn, & Crutcher LLP. Ms. Bash also served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
      • Senior Policy Analyst - Peter White -has worked at the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. Most recently, Mr. White served as Legislative Counsel for Congressman Mo Brooks. Licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Mr. White is an active member of the Federalist Society and performs pro bono legal for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
  • Assistant to the President and White House Counsel – Donald F. McGahn - Partner at Jones Day in Washington, DC, and has specialized in political law, including government ethics; served as a member of the FEC five years, during which he served as both chairman and vice chairman
    • Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President - Stefan C. Passantino - Served as Chair of the Dentons Political Law team where he represented corporations, interest groups, political figures, and other entities with respect to ethics, election law, pay-to-play compliance, and state and federal lobbying laws.  Passantino has served as counsel to numerous prominent political figures across the political spectrum including serving as chief campaign counsel for Senators Johnny Isakson and Roy Blunt and several Members of the U.S House of Representatives.  Mr. Passantino earned his bachelor’s degree from Drew University and his J.D. from the Emory University School of Law where he was a Managing Editor of the Emory Law Journal.
    • Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President - Greg Katsas -  Most recently, Mr. Katsas was a partner at Jones Day.  He has argued more than 75 appeals, including cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and every Federal appellate court.  Mr. Katsas briefed and argued the landmark constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  Prior to Jones Day, Mr. Katsas served in senior positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, including Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division and Acting Associate Attorney General.  In these positions, he handled or supervised most of the Federal Government’s leading civil appeals, and oversaw the Civil Division's enforcement activities under the False Claims Act and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  Mr. Katsas was awarded the Edmund Randolph award for outstanding service, the highest award bestowed by the Department of Justice.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Katsas served as a Law Clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Edward Becker of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Katsas earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was executive editor of the Harvard Law Review.
    • Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President - Makan Delrahim -  Most recently, Mr. Delrahim served as a partner at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP’s Los Angeles office and also as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine University.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Delrahim served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, overseeing the Appellate, International and Policy sections of the Division.  Prior to the Department of Justice, he served as the Chief Counsel and Staff Director to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  Mr. Delrahim earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, his master’s from Johns Hopkins University, and his J.D from George Washington University, where he served on the Journal of International Law and Economics. 
    • Deputy Assistant to the President, Special Counsel to the President, and Chief of Staff for the Office of the White House Counsel - Annie Donaldson -  Most recently, Ms. Donaldson was an associate at Jones Day, where she practiced political law.  Ms. Donaldson has worked on the last three presidential campaigns and represented numerous campaigns, officeholders, and others involved in the political process.  Earlier in her career, she served in State government.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was a Supreme Court Chair for the Harvard Law Review and executive editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
    • Deputy Assistant to the President, National Security Council Legal Advisor, and Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs - John Eisenberg - From 2006-2009, Mr. Eisenberg served as a senior national security official at the U.S. Department of Justice.  There, both as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel and as an Associate Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Eisenberg advised the Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Counsel to the President on complex national security matters.  During his time at the Justice Department, Mr. Eisenberg won several awards, including the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security.  As a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, Mr. Eisenberg’s practice focused on white-collar, complex civil litigation, and data-security issues.  Mr. Eisenberg served as a Law Clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Michael Luttig, then of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal.
    • Special Assistant to the President and Senior Counsel to the President -  Jim Carroll -  Most recently, Mr. Carroll served as Washington Counsel to the Ford Motor Company.  Prior to Ford, Mr. Carroll served as Deputy General Counsel and Acting General Counsel to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Carroll served in the White House as Assistant Ethics Counsel and Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to the President during President George W. Bush’s Administration.  Mr. Carroll also served the U.S. Department of Justice as Attorney Advisor, and later as Legal Counsel.  Mr. Carroll earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law.
    • Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President - Stacy Cline Amin -  Most recently, Ms. Amin served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and before that as Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Amin served as a Law Clerk to Judge John R. Gibson of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Ms. Amin earned her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as Chief Article Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
    • Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate Counsel to the President - Rene Augustine -  Most recently, Ms. Augustine served as Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush, and Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Augustine served as a Law Clerk to Judge John Hargrove of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, an associate with Covington & Burling, and an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University Law School.  Ms. Augustine earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was an editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, served on the Vanderbilt Moot Court Board and graduated Order of the Coif.
    • Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President - John Bash -  Most recently, Mr. Bash served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General, arguing ten cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Bash served as an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and, before that, as a Law Clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Bash earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. 
    • Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate Counsel to the President - James Burnham -  Most recently, Mr. Burnham served as an associate at Jones Day, where he primarily handled litigation against the Fcommerederal Government.  In particular, Mr. Burnham successfully represented former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell in McDonnell v. United States (a major challenge to the scope of the Federal corruption laws) and the Noel Canning Corporation in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (a major constitutional challenge to several recess appointments by President Obama).  Mr. Burnham has also served as a lecturer-in-law at the University of Chicago Law School, and, earlier in his career, as a Law Clerk to Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and his J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. 
    • Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President - Uttam Dhillo - served as Chief Oversight Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee.  Prior to joining Financial Services, Uttam served as chief of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement. He previously worked as an Associate Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice, Chief Counsel for the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, Policy Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Policy Committee, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles.  He has also served in the U.S. House of Representatives as the Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director for the Select Committee on Homeland Security, the Policy Director for the Republican Policy Committee, and as a Senior Investigative Counsel to the Vice Chairman for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Mr. Dhillon earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, his master’s from the University of California, San Diego, and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.
    • Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President - Scott Gast - served as Investigative Counsel to the Office of Congressional Ethics.  Prior to joining the Office of Congressional Ethics, Scott was an attorney at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, where his practice focused on political law and white collar criminal defense and investigations.
    • Associate Counsel to the President - Jed Doty -  Most recently, Mr. Doty served as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Doty served as a Law Clerk to Judge Jose A. Cabranes of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and to Judge Diane S. Sykes of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Doty earned his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
    • Special Assistant to the President, Senior Associate Counsel to the President, and Deputy National Security Council Legal Advisor - Michael Ellis -  Most recently, Mr. Ellis served as General Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Prior to joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Ellis was a Law Clerk to Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and to Judge Amul Thapar of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Ellis served as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives. Mr. Ellis is also an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve.  Mr. Ellis earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Yale Law School. 
    • Associate Counsel to the President - Daniel Epstein - Most recently, Mr. Epstein served as Executive Director of Cause of Action, an organization he founded and led in litigation and investigations of cronyism, corruption and abuse in government.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Epstein served the U.S. House of Representatives as Counsel for Oversight and Investigations for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Mr. Epstein earned his bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and his J.D. from Emory University, where he was a member of the Emory International Law Review.
    • Associate Counsel to the President - Chris Grieco - Most recently, Mr. Grieco served as Majority Counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Judiciary Committee’s Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations subcommittee.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Grieco served as a Law Clerk to Judge Edith Brown Clement of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Grieco earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Stanford University Law School.
    • Associate Counsel to the President - Rob Luther - Most recently, Mr. Luther served as Counsel to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Luther served as a Law Clerk to Judge Daniel A. Manion of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at William & Mary Law School.  Mr. Luther earned his bachelor’s degree from Hampden-Sydney College and his J.D. from the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law.
    • Deputy Associate Counsel to the President - Stuart McCommas - Most recently, Mr. McCommas worked as an associate at Paul Hastings LLP.  Earlier in his career, Mr. McCommas served as a Law Clerk to Judge Alice Batchelder of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. McCommas earned his bachelor’s degree from Grove City College and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an editor of the Virginia Law Review.
    • Associate Counsel to the President - Mike McGinley - Most recently, Mr. McGinley was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Earlier in his career, Mr. McGinley served as a Law Clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court, and to Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. McGinley earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review.
    • Associate Counsel to the President - John Moran - Most recently, Mr. Moran was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Moran served as a Law Clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Moran earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
    • Associate Counsel to the President - David Morrell - Most recently, Mr. Morrell served as an associate at Jones Day.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Morrell served as a Law Clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and to then-Chief Judge Edith Jones of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Morrell earned his bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
    • Associate Counsel to the President - Claire Murray -  Most recently, Ms. Murray was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Ms. Murray served as an attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Murray served as a Law Clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Ms. Murray earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge and l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal and a Coker Fellow.
    • Associate Counsel to the President - Brian Rabbitt - Most recently, Mr. Rabbitt was an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Rabbitt served as a Law Clerk to Judge Thomas M. Hardiman of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and to Judge Henry E. Hudson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Mr. Rabbitt earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as the articles editor for The Virginia Journal of International Law and served on the William Minor Lile Moot Court Board.
    • Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President - Schuyler Schouten -  Most recently, Mr. Schouten was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.  Previously, he was the principal policy aide to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and research associate for Dr. Kissinger’s bestselling books World Order and On China.  Mr. Schouten earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an Ames Moot Court Competition Finalist.
    • Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President - James D. Schultz - was Chair of Cozen O'Connor's Government Law and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group.  Prior to joining Cozen & O'Connor, Jim served as General Counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where he provided legal counsel to the governor and his executive staff.
    • Associate Counsel to the President - John Walk - Most recently, Mr. Walk served as an Attorney-Advisor at the Transportation Security Administration after serving in the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security.  Previously, Mr. Walk was a Senior Government Relations Advisor at Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Walk served as a congressional staffer to several Members of the U.S House of Representatives.  Mr. Walk earned his bachelor’s degree from Occidental College and his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.
  • Special Counsel - Ty Cobb - Mr. Cobb is a partner in the investigations practice of Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former Federal prosecutor.
  • Counselor to the President - Kellyanne Conway - founder and owner of The Polling Company, inc./WomanTrend, a polling and research firm that for 21 years has served leading political figures, nonprofits and companies.
  • Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs - Marc Short - Previously worked as a top operative running the expansive political network of billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, is a longtime adviser to Pence.  He was chief of staff to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Pence, when he was in the House. During the 2016 campaign, Short worked as an adviser for Sen. Marco Rubio during the primaries and later as a senior adviser for Pence during the general election.
    • Special Assistant to the President and House Special Assistant - Alexander Angelson - Special Assistant to the Chairman at Republican National Committee.
    • Deputy Assistant to the President and House Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs - Joyce Meyer - longtime aide to Wisconsin congressman Ryan.
    • Special Assistant to the President and House Special Assistant - Ben Howard - most recently the floor director for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who worked for Pence when he was in House leadership and, briefly, in the legislative affairs shop of President George W. Bush.
    • Special Assistant to the President and House Special Assistant - Tim Pataki - former McCarthy aide, Tim Pataki, who more recently has worked for the Energy and Commerce Committee.
    • Special Assistant to the President and House Special Assistant - Cindy Simms - House Homeland Security Committee staff.
    • Special Assistant to the President and House Special Assistant - Paul Teller - former Cruz chief of staff.
    • Deputy Assistant to the President and Senate Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs - Amy Swonger 
    • Special Assistant to the President and Senate and House Special Assistant  - Bethany Skully 
    • Special Assistant to the President and Policy Special Assistant - Andy Koenig 
    • Special Assistant to the President and Senate Special Assistant - Virginia Boney 
    • Special Assistant to the President and Senate Special Assistant - Joseph Lai 
    • Deputy Director of Nominations - Mary Elizabeth Taylor 
    • Legislative Assistant - Jim Goyer
  • Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel - John DeStefano - Longtime political aide to former House Speaker John Boehner who helped the RNC build a 2016 voter file and political database.
  • Assistant to the President and Director for the Office of Public Liaison - George Sifakis -  Mr. Sifakis was formerly the Founder and CEO of Ideagen. (Fired August 18, 2017)
    • Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director for the Office of Public Liaison - Jennifer Korn -. Ms. Korn was formerly the Deputy Political Director, Strategic Initiatives, Republican National Committee.
    • Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director for the Office of Public Liaison - Stephen Munisteri - Mr. Munisteri was formerly the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.
    • Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison - Omarosa Manigault - Contestant on The Apprentice, and worked in the office of Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton administration.
    • Associate Director for the Office of Public Liaison - Andrew Giuliani - Mr. Giuliani was formerly a volunteer on the Donald J. Trump for President campaign.
  • Assistant to the President for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives - Reed Cordish - principal and partner of the Cordish Companies and president of Entertainment Consulting International.[3]
  • Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator - Vishal J. Amin - Mr. Amin is currently Senior Counsel on the House Judiciary Committee.  Earlier in his career, he served in the Administration of President George W. Bush at the White House, as Associate Director for Domestic Policy, and at the U.S. Department of Commerce, as Special Assistant and Associate Director for Policy in the Office of the Secretary. 
  • Assistant to President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President- Josh Pitcock - Long-time aide who most recently served as Indiana’s lobbyist in Washington.
  • Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary - Rob Porter - Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s chief of staff.
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Oval Office Operations - Keith Schiller  -Trump's security chief for the last 16 years and a retired NYPD detective.
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Advance - George Gigicos - He was Donald Trump’s director of advance operations.  Founded and became president of Telion Corp. The company associated with political and religious entities, associations, corporations and with the government to successfully assist in the management of their conferences, meetings, incentive programs and special events. The company’s expertise in communication strategies, crisis management, VIP and political advance operations and logistical support further assists their clients in being relevant.  (Fired August 28, 2017)
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Advance - Robert L. “Bobby” Peede - Mr. Peede previously served as Deputy Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Vice Presidential Advance.
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Political Director - Bill Stepien  - Former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Christie during the George Washington Bridge scandal.  He later became national field director for Trump’s presidential campaign.
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary - Bill McGinley - A partner at law firm Jones Day.
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs - Justin Clark - Deputy national political director of Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign.
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President- Jen Pavlik - Worked as an aide to Pence during his time in Congress and as Indiana’s governor.
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President - Colonel Andrea Thompson (U.S. Army - Retired) - Previously served as the National Security Advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, the Executive Officer to the Under Secretary of the Army and the Senior Military Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.
  • Special Assistant to the President and Personal Aide to the President - John McEntee - A production assistant at Fox News before joining the Trump campaign in 2015. He served as campaign trip director, overseeing preparations for campaign events.
  • Executive Assistant to the President - Madeleine Westerhout – Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the Republican National Committee
  • Chief Digital Officer - Gerrit Lansing - Chief Digital Officer at the Republican National Committee.

 

  • Communications Director 
    • Mike Dubke - Founder of a company called Crossroads Media, and served as a consultant for a handful of GOP senate candidates over the last two election cycles. (Resigned May 30, 2017)
    • Anthony Scaramucci - former Goldman Sachs banker and a member of the Trump transition team.  (Resigned July 31, 2017)
    • Hope Hicks - Hicks previously served as Assistant to the President and Interim Communications Director. Began working for the public relations firm Zeno Group. She then moved to Hiltzik Strategies in New York City. While at Hiltzik, she “began working on accounts related to Trump’s vast real estate, hospitality and fashion ventures.” She then moved to the Trump Organization in 2014.
  • Press Secretary
    • Sean Spicer - Communications director of the Republican National Committee since 2011, and chief strategist since February 2015. (Resigned July 21, 2017)
    • Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who managed her father Mike Huckabee’s presidential bid – promoted from Deputy Press Secretary on July 21, 2017.
  • Deputy Press Secretary and Adviser to the Press Secretary - Lindsay Walters
  • Deputy Press Secretary - Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Promoted to Press Secretary on July 21, 2017)
  • Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary - Stephanie Grisham - spokeswoman for the Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives; prior to that, she worked as the spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director and Research Director - Raj Shah - Currently the Research Director and Deputy Communications Director at the Republican National Committee and also the Managing Director of America Rising, a company that provides research to candidates.
  • Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications - Mercedes Schlapp - Schlapp previously served as cofounder of Cove Strategies, FOX News Contributor, columnist for The Washington Times, and Sirius XM radio host.
  • Special Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Response - Steven Cheung - Cheung previously served as Special Assistant to the President and Assistant Communications Director.
  • Social Media Director – Dan Scavino  - Director of Social Media, Donald J. Trump for President,         Inc. June 2015 – Present; Director Of Development, Joe Torre September 2013 – April 2015; Executive Vice President / General Manager The Trump Organization. January 2003 – March 2013.
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director – Jessica Ditto –Trump campaign’s deputy communications director.  Former communications director for Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director and Research Director –
    • Raj Shah – Currently the Research Director and Deputy Communications Director at the Republican National Committee and also the Managing Director of America Rising, a company that provides research to candidates. (Promoted to Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary on September 12, 2017)
  • Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations - Boris Epshteyn - spokesman for the inauguration planning effort; communications aide with the McCain-Palin campaign. While at the campaign, he was a key part of a rapid response task force which concentrated on issues related to the Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
  • Special Assistant to the President and Assistant Communications Director –
    • Steven Cheung, (Promoted to Special Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Response on September 12, 2017)
  • Special Assistant to the President and Director of Media Affairs – Helen Aguirre Ferrespokeswoman for the Republican National Committee.
  • Special Assistant to the President and Assistant Communications Director for White House Message Strategy – Cliff Sims – founder and CEO of Yellowhammer, Alabama’s conservative news website; previously served as a communications advisor for the Trump campaign.

Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity –

  • Chairman - Vice President Mike Pence
  • Vice-Chairman - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach
  • Member - Connie Lawson - Secretary of State of Indiana 
  • Member - Bill Gardner - Secretary of State of New Hampshire 
  • Member - Matthew Dunlap - Secretary of State of Maine 
  • Member - Ken Blackwell - Former Secretary of State of Ohio
  • Member - Christy McCormick - Commissioner, Election Assistance Commission
  • Member - Hans A. Von Spakovsky - senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation
  • Member - J. Christian Adams – former United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division under the George W. Bush administration After leaving the Justice Department, he became a contributor to Pajamas Media.  He has been a guest commentator for Fox News, Rush Limbaugh's DailyRushbo.com, the Heritage Foundation, Newsmax TV and other conservative media
  • Member - Alan Lamar King - probate judge in Alabama.

President’s Commission on White House Fellowships -

  • Robert M. Duncan and Designate Chair
  • Aldona Z. Wos and Designate Vice-Chair
  • Lee H. Bienstock
  • Somers White Farkas
  • Marlyn McGrath
  • Damond R. Watkins

National Security Advisor -- Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, US Army, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (2012 - 2014); resigned position on 2/13/17.

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, US Army, currently serving as the director of the Army's Capabilities Integration Center. (Named by the President on Feb. 20)

  • Deputy National Security Advisor - Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland - Fox News' national security analyst and contributor, host of FOXNews.com's DEFCON and FOXNews.com Opinions page columnist.  (Nominated as Ambassador to Singapore May 19, 2017)
  • Deputy National Security Advisor -  Rick Waddell - Dr. Waddell spent 17 years working in the private sector in South America, living 12 of those years in Sao Paulo. Dr. Waddell, who is also a Major General in the U.S. Army Reserve, most recently commanded the 76th Division (Operational Response), an organization responsible for protecting the United States homeland. Dr. Waddell served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy - Dina Powell - a Goldman Sachs partner, and previously served as the chief of the personnel office in the White House under President George W. Bush. She is also the Advisor for Policy - Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth and the Empowerment of Women.

Chief of Protocol with the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service - Sean P. Lawler - Mr. Lawler is the Director for Visits, Planning, and Diplomatic Affairs at the National Security Council. Prior to that, Mr. Lawler was the Chief, Office of Visits and Protocol at the U.S. Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Maryland. A veteran with more than 20 years of service in the U.S Navy, Mr. Lawler capped his military service as the Director of Administration at the Naval Support Facility Thurmont (Camp David) in Thurmont, Maryland. Earlier, he was the Administrative Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and Ship’s Secretary on the USS John C. Stennis and he was an Executive Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence –

  • Director – Former Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) - Served for years on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and previously on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
  • Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community - John B. Sherman - Mr. Sherman currently serves as the Deputy Director of CIA’s Open Source Enterprise, where he has been involved in incorporating open source intelligence and capabilities into the IC Information Technology Enterprise. Mr. Sherman began his intelligence career as satellite imagery analyst and manager, and served as a duty officer in the White House Situation Room. He has served in the intelligence community for over 20 years. Sherman has previously served in senior executive positions at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in areas of analysis, collection, homeland security, agency transformation, and foreign partnerships. Mr. Sherman served as the Principal Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Military Issues on the National Intelligence Council. Mr. Sherman has received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the CIA Intelligence Medal of Merit, and the NGA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. Prior to his career in the intelligence community, Sherman served as a U.S. Army Air Defense officer.
  • General Counsel - Jason Klitenic - Mr. Klitenic is a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, where he leads the firm’s Homeland Security Team. Mr. Klitenic previously held senior national security and law enforcement positions at both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Justice, having served as the first Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security and Deputy Associate Attorney General at the Justice Department. During his prior government service, Mr. Klitenic oversaw a wide array of matters, including those regarding counterterrorism efforts, information sharing initiatives, government procurement, regulatory compliance and ethics.
  • Inspector General of the Intelligence Community - Michael K. Atkinson - Mr. Atkinson has served as an Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice since 2016. He was previously an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia from 2006 to 2012, then Deputy Chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section until 2015 and then the Section’s Acting Chief from 2015 until 2016. Prior to serving in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Atkinson was a Trial Attorney in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice from 2002 to 2006. Prior to his public service, Mr. Atkinson was a partner at Winston and Strawn LLP in Washington D.C.

National Security Council:

  • Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary - Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, USA (Ret.) - Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers for U.S. forces under the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • Senior Director of Strategic Communications - Monica Crowley - Foreign affairs and political analyst for the Fox News Channel. (Withdrew on January 16, 2017)
  • Deputy Assistant to the President for Regional Affairs - David Cattler - Served for more than 20 years in leadership positions in the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense.  He most recently served as the National Intelligence Manager for the Near East and he earlier held national and defense intelligence leadership roles and served as the Principal Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Military Issues within the National Intelligence Council, the Joint Staff’s Deputy Director for Intelligence, and the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s counterterrorism center. 
  • Deputy Assistant to the President, NSC Legal Advisor, and Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs - John Eisenberg - From 2006-2009, Eisenberg served as a senior national-security official at the Department of Justice.  As a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, Eisenberg’s practice focused on white-collar, complex civil litigation, and data-security issues.
  • Deputy Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning - Kevin Harrington - was managing director and head of research for Thiel Macro LLC, a San Francisco-based global macro hedge fund.  He also worked for its predecessor fund, Clarium Capital Management, and was a coauthor of the PayPal business plan. He consulted for the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).
  • Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs - Kenneth I. Juster - Previously served in the U.S. Government as Under Secretary of Commerce (2001-2005), Counselor (Acting) of the Department of State (1992-1993), Deputy and Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger (1989-1992), and Law Clerk to Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1980-1981).  In the private sector, Juster has been a Partner and Managing Director at the global investment firm Warburg Pincus (2010-2017), Executive Vice President of salesforce.com (2005-2010), and Senior Partner at the law firm Arnold & Porter (1981-1989, 1993-2001).  Juster has also served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Asia Foundation, and a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Homeland Security Advisor - Thomas Bossert - Currently a fellow at the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative;" deputy homeland security adviser in the last year of the Bush administration, when he helped draft the federal government's first cybersecurity strategy; and o spent two years as the White House director of infrastructure protection policy.

Council of Economic Advisors:

  • Chair and Member - Kevin Allen Hassett – Mr. Hassett is the State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture and the Director of Research for Domestic Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, where he has researched the impact of tax policy on the behavior of firms and welfare of citizens.  Prior to joining AEI, Mr. Hassett served as a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board, and as an associate professor of economics and finance at the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University.  He has been an economic adviser to Republican presidential candidates John McCain, George W. Bush, and Mitt Romney, and a consultant to the U.S. Treasury during the administrations of both George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton.
  • Member - Tomas J. Philipson - Dr. Philipson is an economist who holds the Daniel Levin Chair in Public Policy at The University of Chicago and is the Director of the Health Economics Program of The Becker Friedman Institute. Dr. Philipson previously served as the Senior Economic Advisor to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Philipson has twice received the Kenneth Arrow Award of the International Health Economics Association and was a co-founder of the consulting firm Precision Health Economics LLC.
  • Member - Richard V. Burkhauser - A former President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Mr. Burkhauser’s professional career has focused on how public policies affect the economic behavior and well-being of vulnerable populations. He is adjunct professor in the Department of Economics and senior research fellow in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as professorial research fellow at University of Melbourne’s Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and Emeritus Professor in Cornell University’s Department of Policy Analysis and Management. He is a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an adjunct scholar American Enterprise Institute, a research professor of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW-Berlin), and a research fellow for the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA-Bonn).

National Economic Council:

  • Director - Gary Cohn - President, Goldman Sachs
  • Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the NEC -  Kenneth I. Juster - He is the President's representative and lead United States negotiator ("Sherpa") for the annual G-7, G-20, and APEC Summits. Juster previously served as Under Secretary of Commerce, Counselor (Acting) of the Department of State, and Deputy and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State. In the private sector, Juster has been a Partner at the global investment firm Warburg Pincus, Executive Vice President of salesforce.com, and Senior Partner at the law firm Arnold & Porter. Juster is the recipient of the William C. Redfield Award from the Secretary of Commerce and the Distinguished Service Award from the Secretary of State. Juster holds a B.A. in government from Harvard College, an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the NEC - Jeremy Katz-. Katz was formerly a Managing Director and member of the Office of the Chairman at GCM Grosvenor, a global investment and advisory firm headquartered in Chicago. He previously served in the White House Chief of Staff's office as Special Assistant for Policy to President George W. Bush and Senior Policy Advisor to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. Prior to his time in the United States Government, he worked at William Blair & Company. Katz holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
  • Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the NEC - Everett Eissenstat - He will be the President’s representative and lead United States negotiator, known as the Sherpa, for international summits that address economic affairs, including G7, G20, and APEC.  Eissenstat previously served as Chief International Trade Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Americas, and as the legislative director to Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ)
  • Special Assistant to the President for International Energy and Environment - George David Banks - Banks was previously Executive Vice President of the American Council for Capital Formation, a business association based in Washington, D.C. Banks also served as GOP Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Senior Adviser on International Climate at the Council on Environmental Quality under President George W. Bush. He also worked as a diplomat for the U.S. State Department and analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency. Banks holds a B.A. in economics, history, and political science and an M.A. in economics from the University of Missouri, as well as a J.D. from George Mason University.
  • Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare Policy - Brian Blase- Blase was previously a senior research fellow with the Spending and Budget Initiative at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. During that period, he researched the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid, writing regular studies and commentaries. From 2011 through 2015, Blase worked as a senior health care staffer on Capitol Hill for both the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Blase received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University in 2013, with a dissertation on the Medicaid program. Blase holds a B.S. in mathematics and B.A. in political science from Pennsylvania State University.
  • Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Energy and Environmental Policy - Michael Catanzaro. Catanzaro served on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and on the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign as a top staffer on energy and environmental policy. He was Associate Director for Policy in the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Associate Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He also worked for then-Speaker John Boehner as senior adviser on energy and environmental policy. He was most recently a partner at the CGCN Group in Washington, D.C. He holds a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Fordham University and an M.A. in government from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Special Assistant to the President for Infrastructure Policy - DJ Gribbin- Gribbin previously headed government advisory for Macquarie Capital, a role in which he led advisory teams structuring public-private partnership transactions for governmental clients. He has also worked for Koch Industries and HDR helping clients develop innovative ways to deliver infrastructure. Gribbin has served as the Chief Counsel for the Federal Highway Administration and the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from Georgetown University and is a member of the Virginia Bar and licensed broker dealer, holding Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
  • Special Assistant to the President for Global Economics and Finance - Mathew Haarsager -   Haarsager has worked at the U.S. Department of Treasury since 1998, serving as Director of the Office of International Monetary Policy, Acting U.S. Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund, U.S. Treasury Representative for Europe, Director of the Office of East Asia, U.S. Treasury Representative for South America, U.S. Treasury Representative for Mexico and Deputy Director of the Office of Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He previously worked in international capital markets in New York, Frankfurt and Zurich. Haarsager holds a B.A. from Occidental College, an M.S. from the London School of Economics and an M.P.P. from Harvard University.
  • Special Assistant to the President for Tax and Retirement Policy - Shahira Knight - Knight was previously Vice President in the Public Affairs and Policy Group at Fidelity Investments. Knight formerly served on the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. In her last role at the committee, she was the Senior Advisor to the Chairman, where she led the Committee’s legislative and policy operations. Knight also worked at the Joint Economic Committee, where she was responsible for writing policy papers on various tax and budget issues. Her research has been cited in a wide range of publications. Knight holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in economics from George Mason University.   
  • Special Assistant to the President for Technology, Telecom, and Cyber-Security Policy -Grace Koh- Koh previously served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Her primary role was to advise the chairmen and committee members on policy and legal issues arising in the telecommunications and technology sectors. She was previously Policy Counsel at Cox Enterprises, Inc.'s Public Policy Office, working on technology policies affecting the enterprise's Internet, cable, and broadcast properties. Koh came to Cox Enterprises after working in the communications group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
  • Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Chief of Staff - Ashley Hickey Marquis- Marquis was previously Vice President for Strategic Communications at the Glover Park Group, where she executed complex integrated communications campaigns and reputation management for leading national and global corporations across a range of industries. She was formerly Policy Director and Chief of Staff at (RED), a division of the campaigning and advocacy organization, ONE. Marquis served in Oval Office Operations at the White House under President George W. Bush and as Special Assistant to President Bush during his post-presidency. She holds a B.A. in government from Georgetown University and an M.S. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
  • Special Assistant to the President for Financial Policy - Andrew Olmem- Olmem was previously a partner at Venable, LLP in Washington, D.C. He served as the Republican Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director at the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and was on the staff of the Committee from 2005 until 2013. Olmem began his legal career practicing corporate and securities law at Mayer Brown. Prior to attending law school, he served as an Assistant Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He holds a B.A. in economics from Washington and Lee University and a J.D. from the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is the past Chair of the Subcommittee on Legislation and Regulation of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee.
  • Special Assistant to the President for International Trade, Investment and Development - Andrew Quinn- Quinn previously worked at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative and worked on a number of trade negotiations and agreements, principally with countries in Asia and the Western Hemisphere. He also served on the National Security Council as Director for Asian Economic Affairs. Quinn worked at the State Department as a member of the Senior Foreign Service, serving at a number of United States embassies abroad, and also served as a Legislative Assistant for Trade and Foreign Affairs at the U.S. Senate. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
  • Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance - Ray Starling - Starling was previously Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Thom Tillis. He also served as Senator Tillis’ Chief Counsel and then-Speaker Tillis’ General Counsel and Senior Agriculture Advisor in the N.C. General Assembly. He has been the General Counsel for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has private practice experience from several years at Hunton & Williams and has taught numerous agricultural and food law courses. After growing up on a Century Family Farm in southeast North Carolina, Ray received a B.S. in Agricultural Education from N.C. State University and a J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill.

National Space Council –

Executive Secretary - Scott Pace - Over his career, Dr. Scott Pace has honed his expertise in the areas of science, space, and technology. Currently, he is the Director of the Space Policy Institute and Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at George Washington University. Dr. Pace also serves as the Vice-Chair of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). Previously, he served at NASA, the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP), and the RAND Corporation’s Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI). During his career, Dr. Pace has received numerous rewards and recognitions including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (2008), the U.S. Department of State’s Group Superior Honor Award, GPS Interagency Team (2005), and the NASA Group Achievement Award, Columbia Accident Rapid Reaction Team (2004).

National Trade Council –

  • Director - Peter Navarro - University of California-Irvine Associate Professor, Paul Merage School of Business
  • Deputy Director for the Defense Industrial Base — Alexander Gray - Currently a member of the U.S. Department of State Landing Team for the Presidential Transition, focusing on Asia-Pacific issues. Previously, he served as Senior Defense Advisor to the Trump-Pence campaign, on Stephen Miller’s policy staff and working with Peter Navarro, helping to craft the campaign’s plan to rebuild the U.S. military and the defense industrial base. Mr. Gray has also served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Congressman J. Randy Forbes, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, focusing on defense industrial base issues and Asia-Pacific security.
  • Deputy Director for “Buy American, Hire American”  - Rolf Lundberg - During the President-elect’s campaign and Presidential Transition, Mr. Lundberg worked underneath Stephen Miller and Peter Navarro, and focused his efforts on policies to reverse the economic injustice of offshoring and used his experience and insights to challenge special interests and support the President-elect’s “Buy American, Hire American” project. Mr. Lundberg was Senior Vice President for Congressional and Public Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, after serving as Assistant General Counsel and Vice President for International Relations with Marriott International, Inc. Mr. Lundberg served as Legal Counsel for Tax and International Trade to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, International Trade Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration in the George H.W. Bush Administration and International Trade Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.

Office of Administration, Executive Office of the President

  • Director -  Marcia Lee Kelly - Ms. Kelly serves in two roles as the Deputy Assistant to the President; Director of the Executive Office of President - Office of Administration and Director of White House Management and Administration. In her dual capacity, she oversees major interagency infrastructure projects across the White House Complex operations (such as the West Wing renovation), and also manages personnel, security clearances, complex facilities, procurement, contracting, and the budgets of both offices. The White House Visitor's Office, Travel Office, Internship Program, Executive Residence, and Office of Security and Emergency Procedures all fall within her purview. Most recently, Ms. Kelly served on the Trump Presidential Transition and was director of operations for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Ms. Kelly’s logistical and operations experience is wide and varied; among her accomplishments, she oversaw the Millennium celebration in NYC under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, handled complex logistics for 9/11 aftermath, managed various philanthropic organizations, and was nominated for a daytime Emmy.

Office of National Drug Control Policy, Director - Tom Marino -Mr. Marino was born and raised in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, where his father worked two jobs as a firefighter and janitor. He followed his father’s example and went to work on the floor of a manufacturing facility after high school. He advanced into management and, at age 30, decided to pursue a college education. With the support of his family, friends, and the community, Mr. Marino graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College and earned his law degree from Dickinson School of Law—all within five years. He practiced law before being elected Lycoming County District Attorney in 1991. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him to serve as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He returned to private practice until 2010 when he was elected to represent Pennsylvania’s 10th District in Congress. Mr. Marino and his wife Edie have two children.

Special Representative for International Negotiations - Jason Greenblatt - Chief legal officer and an executive vice president at the Trump Organization; he has advised Mr. Trump on a range of business and legal affairs, both domestic and international, for two decades.

Special Advisor to the President on Regulatory Reform - Carl Icahn – Founder and majority shareholder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified conglomerate holding company based in New York City, formerly known as American Real Estate Partners. He is also Chairman of Federal-Mogul, an American developer, manufacturer and supplier of powertrain components and vehicle safety products. He will be advising the President in his individual capacity and will not be serving as a federal employee or a Special Government Employee and will not have any specific duties. (Resigned August 18, 2017)

VICE PRESIDENTIAL STAFF

Assistant to President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President - Josh Pitcock - Long-time aide who most recently served as Indiana’s lobbyist in Washington)

Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President - Jen Pavlik - Worked as an aide to Pence during his time in Congress and as Indiana’s governor.

Deputy Assistant to the President and Director, White House Military Office - Daniel P. Walsh - Mr. Walsh previously served as Deputy Director, White House Military Office.

  • Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director, White House Military Office - Captain Keith B. Davids - Mr. Davids previously served as Deputy Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command.

Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President - Colonel Andrea Thompson (U.S. Army - Retired) - Previously served as the National Security Advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, the Executive Officer to the Under Secretary of the Army and the Senior Military Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

Director of Domestic Policy - Daris Meeks – Former congressional aide.. Meeks was recently a lobbyist with the Washington, D.C. firm Venable LLP where he advised clients on legislative issues affecting the financial services industry.

Director of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs -  Sarah Makin – Former congressional aide. Makin recently worked for Wise Public Affairs, a Washington-area firm where she was a registered lobbyist.

  • Deputy Director of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs - Andeliz Castillo – former congressional aide who most recently worked for the Libre Initiative, the Hispanic outreach arm of the conservative Koch brothers network.

Press Secretary - Marc Lotter – Pence’s former gubernatorial and vice presidential campaign spokesman.

Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Communications to the Vice President - Jarrod Agen - served as Deputy Press Secretary and Associate Director of Strategic Communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, handling communications for a wide range of issues including natural disasters, immigration, border security and counter-terrorism. Agen has also served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of State, where he worked on the planning and implementation of the 2004 G8 Summit.   Last January, Agen was promoted from Communications Director to Chief of Staff for Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan, taking the Chief of Staff role one day before the state declared an emergency in the Flint water crisis. Agen previously served in communications roles for Mayor Rudy Giuliani in New York, Sharron Angle in Nevada, and Steve Poizner in California.

Director of Legislative Affairs - Jonathan Hiler – former congressional aide to Pence, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

Deputy Counsel - Matthew Morgan – lawyer for Pence’s gubernatorial campaign and a partner at the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg where he was a federal lobbyist for Indiana interests, including the cities of Fishers and Evansville, the Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County and the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corp.

Special Assistant to the Vice President - Zach Bauer – Pence’s body man as governor who also worked in his congressional office.

Special Assistant to the Vice President for External Affairs - Lani Czarniecki – former congressional aide.

Chief of Staff to the Second Lady - Kristan King Nevins - Previously served as the Chief of Staff to First Lady Barbara Bush. She went on to lead corporate fundraising and event planning for The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and The Neediest Kids, a program of The National Center for Children.

Communications Director for Mrs. Pence - Kara Brooks – Pence’s gubernatorial spokeswoman.

OFFICE OF THE FIRST LADY

Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady - Lindsay Reynolds - brings over fourteen years of experience in political fundraising, event management, and logistical expertise. She previously served in the White House under President George W. Bush.

Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications to the First Lady - Stephanie Grisham - Spokeswoman for the Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives; prior to that, she worked as the spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. She currently serves as Deputy Press Secretary in the White House under President Donald J. Trump and will be transitioning over the coming weeks. 

White House Social Secretary - Anna Cristina Niceta Lloyd, (known as Rickie) - previously worked as account executive at Northern Virginia-based Design Cuisine.

Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity –

  • Chairman - Vice President Mike Pence
  • Vice-Chairman - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach
  • Member - Connie Lawson - Secretary of State of Indiana 
  • Member - Bill Gardner - Secretary of State of New Hampshire 
  • Member - Matthew Dunlap - Secretary of State of Maine 
  • Member - Ken Blackwell - Former Secretary of State of Ohio
  • Member - Christy McCormick - Commissioner, Election Assistance Commission
  • Member - Hans A. Von Spakovsky - senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation

OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

Director - Rep. Mick Mulvaney (South Carolina) - Co-authored Cut, Cap, and Balance Act, which curbed and capped needless federal spending, and provided for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

  • Deputy Director - Russell Vought -  Mr. Vought spent twelve years on Capitol Hill in numerous roles.  He served as the Policy Director for the House Republican Conference, under then-Chairman Mike Pence, and as the Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), under then-Chairman Jeb Hensarling.  He previously served as the RSC's Budget Director under two other chairmen.  He began his career working for Senator Phil Gramm for four years as a legislative assistant.  Since leaving the Hill, Mr. Vought has spent the last seven years as Vice President of Heritage Action for America. 
  • Deputy Director for Management - Margaret Weichert - Weichert is currently Senior Advisor at the Office of Management and Budget. Ms. Weichert is a seasoned business executive who has served as a Principal at Ernst & Young, LLP since 2013. In her 25 year professional career, Ms. Weichert has also held executive leadership positions at Market Platform Dynamics, First Data Corporation, Bank of America, and Andersen Consulting focused on strategy, innovation, and business process improvement in banking and payments technology. An innovator and entrepreneur, Ms. Weichert also co-founded an Internet company, Achex, Inc., and sold that company to First Data in 2001. As a result of her innovative work in payment technology, Ms. Weichert has been named as an inventor on 14 successful U.S. patents. An avid supporter of technology innovation in Georgia, Ms. Weichert has served since 2010 on the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)’s Fintech Steering Committee.
  • Associate Director for General Government Programs - Kathy Kraninger – Ms. Kraninger has worked for the appropriations committees in both chambers, most recently serving as a clerk for the Senate's homeland security panel.
  • Associate Director for Health Programs - Joe Grogan – Mr. Grogran spent the last five years as the head of federal affairs for the pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences. He spent two years as an FDA adviser and led the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under former President George W. Bush.
  • Associate Director for Natural Resources - Jim Hertz
  • Associate Director for National Security – Rob Blair – Mr. Blair most recently served as clerk for the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, after stints on the Energy and Water, as well as State and Foreign Operations, panels. He joined the committee in 2003 via the State Department.
  • Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs - Neomi Rao -  Ms. Rao is a professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where she founded and directs the Center for the Study of the Administrative State.  Her research and teaching focuses on constitutional and administrative law.  Currently a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, Ms. Rao has previously served in all three branches of the federacommerl government.  She served as Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush; counsel for nominations and constitutional law to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary; and law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court.  She practiced public international law and arbitration at Clifford Chance LLP in London.
  • Controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management - Frederick Nutt - Nutt is currently Senior Advisor at the Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Nutt previously worked as Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Management at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation where he was responsible for managing financial resources supporting information technology, acquisition, facilities, and security operations. Previously, Mr. Nutt was at the then newly authorized Millennium Challenge Corporation, working to start up the management operations, including financial and management information systems. Prior to this, Mr. Nutt was Senior Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer at the Environmental Protection Agency where he worked on implementing the President’s Management Agenda, and the migration of select financial management systems to federal shared service providers. He also worked on budget and appropriations legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, while serving in the Office of the Speaker.

CABINET & AGENCIES

Secretary of Agriculture – Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue

  • Office of the Secretary–
    • Chief of Staff - Heidi Green – Most recently worked in the private sector at Deloitte
    • Deputy Chief of Staff - Chris Young -  He will bear primary responsibility for the day-to-day operational and logistical flow of the Secretary’s Office, including scheduling, advance, events, protocol, stakeholder relations, security, and communications.
    • Special Assistant to the Chief and Deputy Chief of Staff - Ms. Julie Gordon - Among other responsibilities, Julie will be the primary conduit to the whole USDA team, scheduling meetings, exchanging correspondences, connecting with one another by phone, etc.
    • Special Assistant to the Secretary - Brian Dansel – Washington State Senator - served as the campaign's lead for Eastern Washington.
    • Special Assistant to the Secretary - Julie Gordon. Her professional background includes extensive executive and administrative assistant experience in the office of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley and in the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms office.
    • Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development - Anne Hazlett – An Indiana native, Hazlett has worked on agriculture and rural issues for over fifteen years.  Working in both the U.S. House and Senate, Hazlett has most recently served as Republican Chief Counsel for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry where she was an advisor on many issues impacting rural America from Farm Bill programs to broadband and child nutrition.  In addition to her public service in Washington, Hazlett was the Director of Agriculture for her home state where she managed the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and was an advisor to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels on agriculture and rural issues.  Further, she served as Chief of Staff to Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman where she assisted in the creation of the state’s first Office of Community and Rural Affairs, an agency devoted to providing financial and technical assistance to rural communities, and supervised management of the state’s housing finance, energy, and tourism agencies.  Outside of public service, Hazlett was in private law practice where she advised clients on agriculture and environmental regulatory matters.  She will oversee the Rural Utilities Service, the Rural Business Service, and the Rural Housing Service within USDA and report directly to the secretary.
    • Director of Scheduling - Lauren Sullivan - Lauren most recently worked in the Sergeant-at-Arms office in the United States Senate.
    • Deputy Scheduler and Events and Protocol Officer - Bethany Hudson - Should an agency, department, or division have a request for the Secretary’s time at an event or for a briefing or other meeting, that request should originate with Lauren.
  • Office of Communications –
    • Director - Tim Murtaugh - he comes to USDA with a career built on high-profile strategic communications in the public, political, and private sectors.
    • Deputy Director and Press Secretary - Michawn Rich - Her recent work includes time with U.S. Senators Dean Heller of Nevada and Rob Portman of Ohio.
  • Deputy Secretary – Stephen Censky - Censky has been the American Soybean Association's CEO, serving in that role since 1996. Prior to his service at ASA, he served at USDA in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, including as administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service. Censky came to Washington originally as a legislative aide to then-Senator Jim Abdnor of South Dakota.
    • Chief of Staff - Brooke Appleton -  Appleton left the National Corn Growers Association where she was director of public policy and political strategy.
  • Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation - William Northey - Mr. Northey is a 4th generation farmer from Spirit Lake, Iowa and is currently serving his 3rd term as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Under Mr. Northey’s leadership, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has promoted science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil, and water and focused on telling the story of agriculture. Mr. Northey is a past-president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and serves as co-chair of the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force. Mr. Northey served as President of the National Corn Growers Association from 1995 to 1996. He served on the Iowa U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency State Committee and as a Dickinson County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner. Mr. Northey graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Business and received a M.B.A. from Southwest Minnesota State University. Mr. Northey and his wife Cindy have 3 grown daughters and 5 grandchildren.
    • Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation - Dr. Robert Johansson will be the Acting Deputy Under Secretary while also concurrently remaining USDA’s Chief Economist, a position he has held since July 2015.  Since 2001, he has worked as an economist at USDA, in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, and at the Congressional Budget Office.  In 2011 he was appointed senior economist for energy, environment, and agriculture on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers where he also participated in the White House Rural Council and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Dr. Johansson served as Deputy Chief Economist at the USDA from 2012 to 2014.  He received B.A. in economics from Northwestern University and then served with the U.S. Peace Corps as an extension agent in several African countries from 1990 to 1995.  His research has spanned a wide range of issues, including biofuels policy, water quality and quantity policies, regulatory economics, food security, and regional modeling of agricultural systems.
  • Acting Deputy Under Secretary of FNCS and Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service - Brandon Lipps – Most recently, Brandon Lipps worked for the Texas Tech University System as the Chief of Staff and Director of Federal Affairs in the Office of Chancellor Robert Duncan. In this role, Lipps was the leading force in developing policy initiatives and strategic priorities for the Chancellor. Prior to joining the Texas Tech University System, he served as counsel and senior professional staff to the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture.  While there, he led the nutrition policy team in developing the first reforms to, and fiscal savings from, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) since the welfare reforms of 1996. Lipps also served as Chancellor Duncan’s consultant, legislative aide, and rural district director during his time as a Texas State Senator.  Lipps is also a former associate at the Lubbock law firm of Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam.
    • Chief of Staff and senior advisor to the Under Secretary - Maggie Lyons – Before joining the USDA, Maggie was the Senior Government Relations Director for the National Grocers Association (NGA) where she coordinated on all issues such as the SNAP and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs at the retailer level, including assisting member stores with licensing issues and questions regarding those transactions. Prior to the NGA, Maggie worked on Capitol Hill in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
    • Policy Advisor - Kailee Tkacz - Before coming to USDA, Kailee Tkacz served as the Director of Food Policy for the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), leading strategic food and nutrition efforts at the international, federal, state, and local levels.  Prior to her time at CRA, Tkacz was Director of Government Affairs for the Snack Food Association and also a Government Affairs Manager for the National Grocers Association.  Her work experience has provided her with extensive knowledge of the food industry supply chain from farm to folk. 
  • Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs - Gregory Ibach - Ibach earned his B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska with majors in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics. Mr. Ibach has been a visionary leader for Nebraska’s agriculture effectively supervising Departmental staff and programs, with the ability to analyze issues, develop strategies, and create solutions for domestic and global initiatives. Mr. Ibach has oversight of Nebraska’s plant and animal heath regulatory functions. He has been actively involved in foreign and domestic marketing and development activities. Mr. Ibach has been inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement and honored with the Service to Agriculture Recognition from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, College of Agriculture Science and Natural Resources, among other honors. Mr. Ibach is the immediate past President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Mr. Ibach and his wife, Teresa, have three grown children and live on their farm and ranch in Sumner, Nebraska.
  • Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment - Dan Jiron - With more than 29 years of public service and natural resources management, Jiron was appointed Associate Chief of the Forest Service in July 2016.  Prior to this appointment, Jiron served in many leadership positions, including Regional Forester of the Rocky Mountain Region; Deputy Regional Forester in the Pacific Southwest Region; Forest Supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest; District Ranger on the Salt Lake Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest; District Ranger on the South Park Ranger District of the Pike and San Isabel National Forest, Comanche, and Cimarron National Grasslands; Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs of the Intermountain Region, National Press Officer in Washington, D.C.; and aide to United States Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado.  Jiron earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree from Regis University of Denver.  Under the reorganization plan, the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment will retain supervision of the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics - Dr. Sam Clovis - Clovis is the Senior White House Advisor to the United States Department of Agriculture. Most recently, he served as the chief policy advisor and national co-chair of the Trump-Pence campaign. He came to the campaign from Morningside College where he was a professor of economics. Mr. Clovis holds a B.S. in political science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University and a Doctorate in public administration from the University of Alabama. He is also a graduate of both the Army and Air Force War Colleges. After graduating from the Academy, Mr. Clovis spent 25 years serving in the Air Force. He retired as the Inspector General of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the United States Space Command and was a command pilot. Mr. Clovis is married to the former Charlotte Chase of Piketon, OH. He is originally from rural central Kansas. (Withdrew November 2, 2017)
  • Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs  - Ted McKinney  - Mr. McKinney is director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, serving from 2014 to present under then Governor Mike Pence, and now Governor Eric Holcomb. Mr. McKinney grew up on a family grain and livestock farm in Tipton, Indiana. He also worked for 19 years with Dow AgroSciences, and 14 years with Elanco, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, where he was Director of Global Corporate Affairs. His industry and civic involvements include the National FFA Conventions Local Organizing Committee, Indiana State Fair Commission, International Food Information Council (IFIC), the U.S. Meat Export Federation, International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH), and the Purdue Dean of Agriculture Advisory Committee. Mr. McKinney was a 10-year 4-H member, an Indiana State FFA Officer, and a graduate of Purdue University where he received a B.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1981. While at Purdue, he received the G.A. Ross Award as the outstanding senior male graduate. In 2002, he was named a Purdue Agriculture Distinguished Alumnus, and in 2004, received an honorary American FFA Degree.
    • Chief of Staff - Dudley Hoskins - former public policy counsel for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.
    • Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs - Jason Hafemeister - He has been involved in agricultural farm and trade policy for over 25 years, including almost 20 at USDA and with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.  Hafemeister’s responsibilities have included serving as the lead U.S. negotiator on agriculture in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Round negotiations, the Central America Free Trade Agreement, and China’s accession to the WTO.  He was instrumental in finalizing the recent agreement to allow the importing of U.S. beef to China. 
  • General Counsel  - Stephen Alexander Vaden - Vaden is a native of Union City, Tennessee. Mr. Vaden received his B.A. in American History from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from Yale Law School. Following graduation, Mr. Vaden completed two clerkships, first with The Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then with The Honorable Samuel H. Mays, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Mr. Vaden has practiced law at the Washington, D.C. firms of Patton Boggs and Jones Day. At both firms, Mr. Vaden’s practice focused on litigation, particularly at the appellate level, along with election law and administrative law. When not in Washington, Mr. Vaden continues to make his home in Union City where he lives with his brother Samuel Vaden and mother Wanda Stephens Vaden. His late father John Marshall Vaden was a farmer for most of his 97 years.

Secretary of Commerce – Wilbur Ross - Chairman and chief strategy officer, WL Ross & Co.

  • Deputy Secretary - Todd Ricketts - Co-owner of the Chicago Cubs
  • Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration - Mira Radielovic Ricardel - Ms. Ricardel currently serves as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Presidential Personnel. She has had an extensive career in the national security arena in both the public and private sectors. Within the Department of Defense, Ms. Ricardel held the positions of Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Eurasia, and was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. Ms. Ricardel also served as Legislative Assistant for Arms Control and Foreign Policy to Republican Leader Bob Dole. From 2006–2015, Ms. Ricardel held senior leadership positions within Boeing Defense Space and Security, most recently Vice President, International Business Development, Network & Space Systems, where she led the business unit’s marketing and growth strategies for international markets.
  • Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office - Andrei Iancu - Mr. Iancu is currently the Managing Partner of Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focuses on intellectual property law.  Mr. Iancu has advised plaintiffs and defendants across a wide variety of industries.  He has appeared in front of the Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. district courts, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He has published and spoken on intellectual property issues, and taught patent law at UCLA.  Mr. Iancu earned his J.D., M.S. in mechanical engineering, and B.S. in aerospace engineering, from UCLA.  Prior to law school, Mr. Iancu was an engineer at Hughes Aircraft.
  • Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade - Gilbert B. Kaplan -  Mr. Kaplan is a partner at King & Spalding, in the International Trade Group. While at the firm, he filed and won the first ever successful United States anti-subsidy cases against China (on coated paper and standard pipe). He is the co-founder of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the first and only university program in the country focusing on what public policy actions should be taken to revitalize United States manufacturing. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and the First Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration, where he supervised over 500 trade remedy cases. He was a key negotiator of the United States-Japan Semiconductor Agreement. Previously, he was the Director of the Office of Investigations at the Department of Commerce, in charge of day-to-day trade remedy law administration.
  • Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology - Walter Copan - Copan is President and CEO of IP Engineering Group Corporation and Board member of Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners, supporting Federal labs, academic institutions, and entrepreneurial businesses. He was Managing Director—Technology Commercialization and Partnerships at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Technology Transfer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Among his entrepreneurial ventures was Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (CDTi) which he led as CTO and Executive VP onto NASDAQ. During his 28 years with Lubrizol Corporation, he held top leadership positions including research, development, and business unit management. Dr. Copan earned dual undergraduate degrees, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. He has served as board member and advisor to many organizations, including the Federal Laboratory Consortium.
  • Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information - David J. Redl - Mr. Redl is currently Chief Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. He serves as principal legal advisor to the Chairman and Members of the Energy and Commerce majority on communications and technology matters. Prior to his time with the Energy and Commerce Committee, Mr. Redl was Director of Regulatory Affairs at CTIA - The Wireless Association, where his work focused on spectrum policy, wireless broadband, and reducing regulatory mandates.
  • Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance - Jeffrey Kessler - Mr. Kessler is a counsel in the International Trade, Investment, and Market Access group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.  He has represented United States manufacturers in domestic trade remedy proceedings, helping them obtain relief from unfair foreign trade practices.  Mr. Kessler has also been involved in litigating several high-profile World Trade Organization disputes, successfully challenging foreign country practices that restrict international trade, and defending U.S. trade practices.  Mr. Kessler also advises American companies and industry associations on trade, investment, and market access barriers imposed by China.  Mr. Kessler is a member of the American Bar Association and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction - Neil Jacobs - Dr. Jacobs is the Chief Atmospheric Scientist at Panasonic Avionics Corporation, where he directs the research and development of both the aviation weather observing program, as well as the numerical forecast models.  He is the Chair of the American Meteorological Society’s Forecast Improvement Group, and also serves on the World Meteorological Organization’s aircraft-based observing systems expert team.  Prior to joining Panasonic (AirDat) in 2005, Dr. Jacobs worked on various analyses and modeling projects including NASA’s Earth Systems Science Program, GOES satellite program, and the Department of Energy’s Ocean Margins Program.
  • Assistant Secretary for Export Administration - Richard Ashooh - Mr. Ashooh currently serves as the Director of Economic Partnerships at the University System of New Hampshire. Before this, he was the Executive Director of the Warren Rudman Center at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Prior to his work in higher education, Mr. Ashooh served for over two decades as a senior executive in the aerospace industry, starting his career with Lockheed Martin and then BAE Systems. His primary focus was ensuring the success of programs that protect United States and Allied warfighters, particularly in the electronic warfare space. He has also held senior positions in corporate strategy, homeland security, and public affairs. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ashooh was a Professional Staff Member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, with a concentration on federal procurement policies.
  • Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis - Nazakhtar Nikakhtar - Ms. Nikakhtar is a partner at Cassidy Levy Kent (USA) LLP, a leading international trade law firm. For over a decade, Ms. Nikakhtar has successfully represented U.S. industries – industrial, agricultural, chemical, and steel sectors – in international trade law matters, including trade remedy matters, customs matters, and World Trade Organization dispute settlement. Ms. Nikakhtar also served as an adjunct law professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to private practice, she served at the U.S. Department of Commerce advising on legal and regulatory matters related to the enforcement of U.S. trade laws and bilateral trade negotiations. Ms. Nikakhtar received several award medals from the Department of Commerce for her work on behalf of industries.
  • Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs - Michael Platt Jr. - Mr. Platt has served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) for the last 5 years. Previously, he helped direct bi-partisan advocacy promoting the creative and financial viability of artists and major music companies for the Recording Industry Association of America. He also helped lead the government relations and grassroots advocacy efforts for TechNet, a national CEO-driven technology trade association. Before his time in the private sector, he served as Legislative Director to Representative Blackburn and as her primary policy adviser with a special focus on telecommunications, trade, and intellectual property. Mr. Platt started on Capitol Hill as legislative staff for Congressman Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) and has supported Republican candidates in several political campaigns.
  • Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere - Timothy Gallaudet - Dr. Gallaudet is a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy whose most recent assignment was Oceanographer of the Navy and Commander of the Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Command. During his 32 years of service, Dr. Gallaudet has had experience in weather and ocean forecasting, hydrographic surveying, developing policy and plans to counter illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing, and assessing the national security impacts of climate change. Dr. Gallaudet has led teams of Navy Sailors and civilians performing such diverse functions as overseeing aircraft carrier combat operations, planning and conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts, assisting Navy SEAL Teams during high visibility counter-terrorism operations, and developing the Navy's annual $52 billion information technology, cyber security, and intelligence budget.

Secretary of Defense – Gen. James Mattis, USMC - 11th Commander of United States Central Command, the Unified Combatant Command responsible for American military operations in the Middle East, Northeast Africa and Central Asia.

Chief of Staff - Kevin Sweeney – Retired Read Admiral.  Previously the Commander of Carrier Strike Group 10.  Served as the Interim President and CEO of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance after retiring from the Navy.

Deputy Chief Management Officer - John H. Gibson II -  Mr. Gibson was most recently President, Chief Executive Officer of XCOR Aerospace, Inc., a developer of rocket engine systems and components and space launch systems.  Mr. Gibson was also Chairman of the Advisory Committee, Looking Glass Investments.  Mr. Gibson previously held several senior leadership positions with Beechcraft including Senior Vice President of Global Mission Support, Vice President of Special Mission Aircraft, and Vice President of Finance (CFO), Government, and Defense Business.  Mr. Gibson also served as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management/Comptroller and CFO, as well as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Management Reform.  In addition, Mr. Gibson has held numerous other leadership and management positions in the private sector.

  • Secretary of the Army - Vincent “Vinnie” Viola - Former U.S. Army infantry officer and current Virtu Financial Founder and Executive Chairman. (Withdrew February 3, 2017).
  • Mark E. Green of Tennessee to be Secretary of the Army.  Dr. Mark Green currently serves as Tennessee State Senator for District 22.  He is the Chaplain of the Senate GOP Caucus and was selected as the Tennessee Journal’s Rookie of the year in 2013.  Dr. Green is the CEO of Align MD, an emergency department staffing company, which provides leadership and staffing to emergency departments and hospitalist services in forty-seven hospitals in nine states.  In 1986, Second Lieutenant Green graduated from West Point with a degree in economics and began his military career as an infantry officer.  Dr. Green served as a rifle platoon leader, scout platoon leader, battalion personnel officer, a supply officer, an airborne rifle company commander in the famed 82nd Airborne Division, and commanded a recruiting company in U.S. Army Recruiting Command.  As an Army physician, Mark served in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment where he made three combat tours to the Middle East.  His military awards include the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Air Medal with “V” device for valor under heavy enemy fire, and numerous other medals for service.  (Withdrew May 5, 2017)
  •  Secretary of the Army - Mark T. Esper - Mr. Esper is an Army, Pentagon, and Capitol Hill veteran who previously served as a Vice President for government relations at the Raytheon Company. Mr. Esper began his career as an Infantry Officer in the 101st Airborne Division, serving with distinction in the first Gulf War. He later served on active duty in Europe and on the Army Staff in Washington, DC, before transitioning to the National Guard and retiring after 21 years of service. He was an airborne ranger and recipient of the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Meritorious Service Medals, among other awards and qualifications. Mr. Esper worked national security issues on Capitol Hill for Senators Chuck Hagel, Fred Thompson, and Majority Leader Bill Frist. He was also a professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations and House Armed Services Committees, and later a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Mr. Esper’s private sector experience includes service as an Executive Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Policy Director for Fred Thompson for President during the 2008 campaign, and EVP of the Aerospace Industries Association of America.
    • Under Secretary of the Army - Ryan McCarthy - Mr. McCarthy most recently served as the Vice President of the Sustainment Program for the F-35 program at Lockheed Martin, where he implemented the restructuring and organizational redesign of the sustainment line of business. At Lockheed Martin, he has held a variety of roles on the F-35 Program and at the Corporate Office. In addition, he served as Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Prior to serving at the Department of Defense, Mr. McCarthy was a professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations. Earlier in his career, he served at the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank Corporation’s North America Unit in their Private Label Credit Card Business. He also served in the 75th Ranger Regiment during the invasion of Afghanistan.
    • Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics - Bruce D. Jette - Dr. Jette most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Synovision Solutions LLC, an innovative company providing management and technical consulting, engineering services, and project management in support of military and governmental agencies including DARPA, the U.S. Army, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense as well as commercial industry, particularly the energy sector. Previously, Dr. Jette founded and served as director of the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force establishing the Army’s rapid acquisition path. Dr. Jette also served as strategic science advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Army, senior research officer in the Army Research Laboratory, and brigade and battalion operations officer in numerous U.S. Army units in the U.S. and Germany. Among many service awards, Dr. Jette is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United States Military Academy.
    • Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works - R.D. James - Mr. James has most recently served as a civilian member and engineer on the Mississippi River Commission, originally appointed in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan, where he provided water resources engineering direction and policy advice to several Administrations, Congress, and the Army for a drainage basin that covers roughly 41 percent of the United States.  He is a self-employed farmer and manager of cotton gins and grain elevators in New Madrid, Missouri.  Over the past 35 years, Mr. James has developed a wealth of knowledge about our nation's critical infrastructure.  He previously served as president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, he served on the board of directors and executive committee of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, the Cotton Producers of Missouri, the Board of Directors of U.S. Bank of Sikeston, and the board of directors of Osceola Products.  Mr. James is the recipient of the prestigious Bronze de Fleury medal for his significant contributions to Army engineering, the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Award, and was formerly named the New Madrid County Outstanding Conservation Farmer.
    • General Counsel of the Department of the Army - Ryan Dean Newman -  A former Army Captain, Mr. Newman deployed to Iraq in 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service.  Mr. Newman is currently the acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice.  He previously served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Judge J.L. Edmondson, of the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and Judge Richard J. Leon, of the District Court for the District of Columbia.  He has also worked as a lawyer at Jones Day.  (Nomination withdrawn September 29, 2017)
  • Secretary of the Air Force - former New Mexico Republican Rep. Heather Wilson - In the Air Force, Wilson served on the White House National Security Council staff in the George H.W. Bush administration.
    • Under Secretary of the Air Force - Matthew P. Donovan -  Mr. Donovan most recently served as majority policy director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, where his responsibilities included advising the chairman of the Committee on broad policy matters related to national security, defense strategy and policy, organization, force structure, modernization, readiness, and regional issues.  Mr. Donovan was previously a professional staff member for the committee, where he advised the chairs of the AirLand and Seapower subcommittees on policy and oversight relating to Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.  He served 31 years in the Air Force, retiring as a colonel, including tours as commander of the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School and an F-15C fighter squadron.  Mr. Donovan is a recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, among other military awards and decorations. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College and U.S. Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training.
    • Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Financial Management - John P. Roth - Mr. Roth has most recently served as the deputy comptroller for program and budget in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Comptroller, where his responsibilities included preparing and monitoring the Department of Defense budget. Previously, Mr. Roth served as deputy director of the investment directorate in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Comptroller. Mr. Roth has also performed the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Comptroller and has served as Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Comptroller. He began his civil service career as a trainee in the Department of the Navy’s centralized financial management program. Mr. Roth is a recipient of the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award, and the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.
    • Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Installations, Environment, and Energy - John Henderson - Mr. Henderson most recently served in the Army as the Commander of the Omaha District, Army Corps of Engineers, where his responsibilities included overseeing an annual program of $1.5 billion dollars consisting of more than 2,500 projects supporting the nation’s water resources infrastructure, military construction, and Federal interagency work in nine States, environmental restoration projects in 41 States, and an extensive program supporting Department of Defense petroleum and energy infrastructure worldwide for the Defense Logistics Agency. Mr. Henderson has over 23 years of active military experience as an Army engineer officer, serving two combat tours to Iraq and one combat tour to Afghanistan as an engineer battalion task force commander.
    • Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Manpower and Reserve Affairs - Shon J. Manasco - Mr. Manasco has most recently served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for USAA, where he was responsible for leading the association’s business solutions, information technology, and innovation organizations, as well as corporate services, enterprise cyber and physical security, procurement and business alliances. Prior to joining USAA, Mr. Manasco served as senior vice president and chief human resource officer for Constellation Energy, where he led overall strategy and integration of the human resources and corporate and shared services functions for the company and its businesses. Mr. Manasco served as an officer in the U.S. Army, commanding at Fort Bragg, before becoming director of finance and accounting for the Office of Military Support in Washington. While in public service, he held numerous staff and leadership positions supporting operational activities of Joint Special Operations forces worldwide.
    • Air Force General Counsel - David G. Ehrhart - Mr. Ehrhart most recently served as Associate General Counsel at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, where he was the lead attorney responsible for the F-35 Program advising the company on critical legal issues affecting the program for the United States Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and nine international partners. Mr. Ehrhart previously served as the Chief Counsel of Global Sustainment at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.Mr. Ehrhart previously served 33 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Brigadier General, including tours as Staff Judge Advocate for the Air Force Materiel Command’s headquarters and Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law & Operations for the United States Air Force’s headquarters. Mr. Ehrhart also served as commander of the Air Force Legal Services Agency, Staff Judge Advocate at the United States Air Force European headquarters, and Commandant of the Air Force Judge Advocate General School.  (Nomination withdrawn September 29, 2017)
  • Secretary of the Navy Philip Bilden - recently retired as a co-founding member and Senior Advisor of HarbourVest Partners, LLC, and served ten years in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Military Intelligence officer from 1986-1996. (Withdrew February 27, 2017)
  • Secretary of the Navy - Richard V. Spencer - Spencer most recently served as Managing Partner for Fall Creek Management, LLC, an investment company that supports growing and recently restructured companies. Mr. Spencer has served as the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., President of Crossroads Group, LLC, and spent the previous 12 years in the finance industry. He also serves on the board of directors for multiple corporate and charitable organizations. Mr. Spencer is a graduate of Rollins College, and the Advanced Management Program at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business. He has also served as a U.S. Marine Corps Captain, and spent five years on the Defense Business Board, most recently as Vice Chairman. Spencer most recently served as Managing Partner for Fall Creek Management, LLC, an investment company that supports growing and recently restructured companies. Mr. Spencer has served as the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., President of Crossroads Group, LLC, and spent the previous 12 years in the finance industry. He also serves on the board of directors for multiple corporate and charitable organizations. Mr. Spencer is a graduate of Rollins College, and the Advanced Management Program at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business. He has also served as a U.S. Marine Corps Captain, and spent five years on the Defense Business Board, most recently as Vice Chairman.
  •  Under Secretary of the Navy - Thomas B. Modly - Mr. Modly is currently a Managing Director in Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Global Government and Public Services sector and is the firm’s Global Government Defense Network Leader, where he is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of solutions for government defense clients worldwide. Prior to this, Mr. Modly served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Financial Management and as the first Executive Director of the Defense Business Board. He also has extensive private sector expertise as a corporate development and mergers and acquisition specialist. Mr. Modly is a graduate with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, holds a Master’s Degree in Government from Georgetown University, and an M.B.A. with honors from Harvard Business School. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter pilot.
    • Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller  Thomas Harker - Mr. Harker currently serves as Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of Financial Policy for the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Mr. Harker served in a mixture of operational and financial management tours before retiring from active duty as a Coast Guard commander in 2012.  Since retiring from active duty, he spent two years in public accounting before returning to the Coast Guard as a civilian.  His final assignment on active duty before retirement was in the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Management and Budget.  Mr. Harker is a recipient of the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, and Achievement Medal; the American society of military comptrollers distinguished award for business management; and the association of government accountants achievement of the year award.
    • Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development and Acquisition - James F. Geurts - Geurts currently serves in the Senior Executive Service as Acquisition Executive for U.S. Special Operations Command, where he is responsible for all special operations forces research, development, acquisition, procurement, and logistics. Mr. Geurts previously served in the U.S. Special Operations Command as Deputy Director of Special Operations Research, Development and Acquisition Center, and Commander of the Joint Acquisition Task Force Dragon. He also served as Program Executive Officer for the Fixed Wing Aircraft at the U.S. Special Operations Command. Mr. Geurts is a recipient of the Federal Executive of the Year Vanguard Award, Presidential Rank Award, William J. Perry Award, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, and Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster. He is a retired Air Force Colonel.
    • General Counsel of the Department of the Navy - Charles Douglas Stimson - Mr. Stimson currently serves as a Senior Legal Fellow and Manager of the National Security Law Program at The Heritage Foundation, where he leads the foundation's research efforts related to national security law issues including the Law of Armed Conflict, FISA, military law, War Powers, military commissions, and U.S. detention and interrogation policy. He also specializes in criminal law and homeland security. Mr. Stimson also serves as a Captain in the United States Navy Judge Advocate Generals Corps (JAG), reserve component, and is currently the Commanding Officer of the Navy Appellate Government unit. Previously, Mr. Stimson was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs under President George W. Bush, and an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. In addition, he served as a Vice President for Private Equity Mergers & Acquisitions at Marsh McLennan.
  • Patrick M. Shanahan of Washington will serve as Deputy Secretary of Defense. Shanahan is senior vice president, Supply Chain & Operations at the Boeing Company, where he is responsible for oversight of the company’s manufacturing operations and supplier management functions. Mr. Shanahan came to this position from Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where he served as senior vice president of Airplane Programs and oversaw the management of profit and loss for the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 programs. Previously, Mr. Shanahan was vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems and vice president and general manager for Rotorcraft Systems in Philadelphia, where he was responsible for all U.S. Army Aviation, including the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, the CH-47 Chinook and the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter. Mr. Shanahan is a Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow, Society of Manufacturing Engineers Fellow, and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow. He serves as a Regent at the University of Washington and participates in numerous professional and charitable organizations, including the Washington Roundtable. Mr. Shanahan holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and two advanced degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: a Master of Science in mechanical engineering, and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
  • Ellen M. Lord of Rhode Island to be Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Ms. Lord of Rhode Island will serve as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics, and subsequently as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment, following the mandated reorganization of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, effective February 1, 2018. Ms. Lord previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Textron Systems, a segment of Textron Incorporated, where her responsibilities included managing businesses providing hardware and software for unmanned systems, precision weapons, marine craft, armored vehicles, simulation and training, electronic warfare, and intelligence software to the United States Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, as well as a variety of international customers. Ms. Lord has previously served in several capacities while at Textron Systems, including Senior Vice President and General Manager for Weapon and Sensor Systems, Senior Vice President and General Manager for the AAI Corporation, Vice President of Integration Management, Vice President for Intelligent Battlefield Systems, and Vice President of Strategic Planning. In addition, Ms. Lord served as Director for Commercial Products and General Manager for Bright Trim while at Textron Systems. Prior to this, Ms. Lord worked for over 10 years within Textron Automotive Technology Center in a variety of technical and management roles.
    • Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics - Michael D. Griffin - Dr. Griffin most recently served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Schafer Corporation, a provider of scientific, engineering, and technical services and products in the national security sector.  Previously he served as the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he established the architecture for space shuttle replacement and human return to the Moon and initiated the first development of commercial cargo delivery service to Earth orbit in the agency’s history.  He is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the AIAA Space Systems Medal, and the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal.
  • David L. Norquist of Virginia will serve as Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller. Norquist is a Partner with Kearney and Company, a Certified Public Accounting firm.  He has 27 years of experience in Federal financial management beginning as a Federal employee in 1989 with the Department of the Army.  He has also served on the professional staff of the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense and as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).  He was the first Senate confirmed Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Homeland Security where he established a formal process to eliminate pervasive weaknesses in DHS’s financial statement and put the Department on its path to a clean audit opinion.  Mr. Norquist attended the University of Michigan where he received both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy in 1989.  He also received a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University in 1995.  He is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
  • Anthony Kurta of Montana to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness. Mr. Kurta was most recently fulfilling the duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, where he was responsible for health affairs, readiness, civilian and military personnel policy for Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and civilian members of the Department of Defense. Mr. Kurta previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy and the Director of Navy Flag Officer Management and Development. In addition, Mr. Kurta served 32 years on Active Duty as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer, during which time he commanded the USS Sentry (MCM 3), USS Guardian (MCM 5), USS Warrior (MCM 10), USS Carney (DDG 64), Destroyer Squadron Two Four and Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). He is a recipient of Defense Superior Service Medals, Legions of Merit, Meritorious Service Medals, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He retired from the Navy as a Rear Admiral.
  • Assistant Secretary, Health Affairs - Dean L. Winslow - Winslow most recently served as Professor and Vice Chair of Medicine at Stanford University. Previously, he served as Chair of the Department of Medicine and Chief of the Division of AIDS Medicine at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Prior to joining Stanford he worked for 15 years in pharma and biotech industry where he helped develop several antiretroviral drugs and the first pharmacogenomics diagnostic device approved by the FDA. Dr. Winslow is a retired United States Air Force Colonel with several distinguished military decorations for his service. After 9/11 he deployed twice to Afghanistan and four times to Iraq as a flight surgeon supporting combat operations in OPERATION Enduring Freedom and OPERATION Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Winslow is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Jefferson Medical College, the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, and Air War College. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.
  • Assistant Secretary, Logistics and Materiel Readiness - Robert H. McMahon - Mr. McMahon currently serves as President of Fickling Management Services, and as a member of the Board of Directors for State Bank and Trust, the Mercer National Engineering Advisory Board, and the Robins Air Force Base Museum of Aviation Foundation. Prior to his current position, Mr. McMahon served as the Director of C-17 Field Operations for the Boeing Company, and as President and CEO of the 21st Century Partnership. Mr. McMahon is a retired Air Force Major General, and is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, and the Air Force Institute of Technology. While on active duty, Mr. McMahon’s assignments included: Commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center; Director of Logistics, Headquarters United States Air Force; Director of Logistics, Air Mobility Command; and Commander, 309th Maintenance Wing, Ogden Air Logistics Center.
  • Robert Daigle of Virginia will serve as Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE), Department of Defense. Daigle previously served in CAPE during the Bush Administration as Director of Program Resources and Information Systems Management Division. Mr. Daigle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Vermont. He was granted an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a Master of Science in International Security Studies from Georgetown University. Mr. Daigle is a Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee and was the Executive Director of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. He previously served in the United States Army.
  • Elaine McCusker of Virginia will serve as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller. McCusker is the Director, Resources and Analysis, Headquarters U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL.  Previous to this position, she served as a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, with the Department of Navy Headquarters, and with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). Ms. McCusker previously worked in the private sector and academic community, including with Argonne National Laboratory/Department of Energy and the University of Washington.
  • David Joel Trachtenberg of Virginia will serve as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Policy. Trachtenberg is the President and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting, LLC, a national security consultancy.  Prior to this role, Mr. Trachtenberg was the Vice President and head of Strategic Analysis Division at CACI-National Security Research. Mr. Trachtenberg previously served in several roles at the Department of Defense, most recently as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy where he was responsible for issues relating to NATO, Europe, Russia and Eurasia, technology security, counterproliferation, missile defense, nuclear forces, and arms control.  Additionally, Mr. Trachtenberg was a professional staff member with the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. Trachtenberg holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
  • Assistant Secretary, Asian and Pacific Affairs - Randall G. Schriver - Mr. Schriver most recently served as a founding partner of Armitage International LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in international business development and strategies, as well as CEO and President of the Project 2049 Institute, a non-profit research organization dedicated to the study of security trend lines in Asia.  Previously he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  He also served for two years as Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State and an active duty Navy Intelligence Officer.  Mr. Schriver has won numerous military and civilian awards, and was presented with the Order of the Propitious Clouds by the President of Taiwan for service while at the State Department promoting relations between the United States and Taiwan.  He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
  • Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence -  Kari A. Bingen – Ms. Bingen is a policy director for the House Armed Services Committee, and previously served as a senior policy analyst at the Aerospace Corp. and engineer at SRA International, which now operates as CSRA.
  • Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence - Joseph Kernan - Mr. Kernan currently serves as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for SAP National Security Services, where his responsibilities include leveraging commercially developed SAP and other software technologies in support of missions related to national security. Additionally, Mr. Kernan serves as the chairman of NS2 Serves, a veteran training and employment program, and serves on the Board of Directors for both the National Navy Seal Museum and The Mission Continues. Previously, Mr. Kernan served in the U.S. Navy, first as a Surface Warfare Officer and then as a Naval Special Warfare/SEAL Officer. Mr. Kernan served as the Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet, the Senior Military Assistant to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Deputy Commander of U.S. Southern Command. Mr. Kernan is a retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the National Defense University.
  • Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness - Robert L. Wilkie - Mr. Wilkie currently serves as Senior Advisor to Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina. He most recently served in the Presidential Transition Office, where he was a member of both the Defense Policy Team and Cabinet Affairs Teams. Previously, Mr. Wilkie served as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for CH2M HILL, one of the world’s largest engineering and program management firms. He also served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs as well as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs on the National Security Council during the George W. Bush Administration. On Capitol Hill, Mr. Wilkie served as Counsel and Advisor on International Security Affairs for the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Honorable Trent Lott. Mr. Wilkie currently serves in the United States Air Force Reserve, and previously in the United States Navy Reserve.
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment - Lucian Niemeyer - Mr. Niemeyer most recently served as president of The Niemeyer Group, LLC, where his responsibilities included advising public and private entities on national defense issues.  Mr. Niemeyer was previously a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, where he managed the military installations portfolio, provided oversight of Federal energy and environmental programs, and recommended authorization of military facility construction, repairs, and modernization.
  • Kenneth P. Rapuano of Virginia will serve as an Assistant Secretary of Defense, Homeland Defense and Global Security. Rapuano has a long career in national security and homeland security affairs in the private, public and academic sectors.  He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Director of the Studies and Analysis Group at the ANSER Corporation, and previously led the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute. Mr. Rapuano served as White House Deputy Homeland Security Advisor from 2004-2006, has served in numerous roles with the departments of Energy and Defense, and has deployed numerous times on Active Duty, Reserves Duty with the United States Marine Corps and as a civilian with the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs - Robert Story Karem – Mr.  Karem is a former Middle East adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs - Robert R. Hood - Mr. Hood most recently served as the Vice President for Government Affairs for CH2M, where he was responsible for advising the company on its Federal Government work and its profile in national security programs globally. Mr. Hood previously served in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President in the Office of Legislative Affairs, overseeing coordination with the Senate, including the Armed Services, Homeland Security, Foreign Relations, and Intelligence Committees. In addition, Hood served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs and as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Budget and Appropriations Affairs. He received the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Exceptional Public Service . He also served as the Director of Congressional Affairs at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy, where he received the NNSA Gold Medal for Distinguished Service. Prior to his work in the Executive Branch, Mr. Hood worked on Capitol Hill, including for the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Assistant Secretary, Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs - Guy B. Roberts - Mr. Roberts is currently president of GBR Consulting, a national security consulting firm. In that capacity, Mr. Roberts has provided subject matter expertise on arms control, non-proliferation, international legal issues and strategies to combat terrorism to over 30 international and domestic organizations and institutions. In addition, he is a senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an adjunct professor teaching courses on homeland security, international terrorism, non-proliferation, and arms control at Mary Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Roberts previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy and Director of Nuclear Policy for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He received the Exceptional Public Service Award from the Department of Defense. Mr. Roberts also served 25 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, concluding his career as the Staff Judge Advocate for U.S. Southern Command and retiring as a Colonel.
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict - Owen West - Mr. West most recently served as Partner, Head of Global Natural Gas Trading and Co-Head of Global Power Trading at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he designed and managed this international risk business. Previously, Mr. West served as an infantry platoon commander, reconnaissance platoon leader, and combat advisor in the United States Marine Corps, where he was twice deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is the author of three books and dozens of articles on military affairs and adventure sports. Mr. West was also a director of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a director of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • General Counsel - John J. Sullivan - Mr. Sullivan was most recently a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington, D.C. office and co-chair of the firm’s National Security practice. He has held senior positions at the Justice, Defense, and Commerce Departments, advising the Attorney General, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Commerce, and the Counsel to the President on the most sensitive legal and policy issues. During his tenure at Mayer Brown, Mr. Sullivan focused his practice on the growing intersection of global trade and investment and national security. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Mr. Sullivan served at the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, where he was Counselor to Assistant Attorney General J. Michael Luttig. He advised senior officials on legal issues arising out of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and provided legal advice to the FBI, CIA, Treasury Department, and White House Counsel’s Office. Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk for Associate Justice David H. Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States, and for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Director of Operational Test and Evaluation - Robert Behler - Behler most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director for Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, where he worked to advance software engineering and cybersecurity to solve national cyber challenges through focused research, development, and transition to the broader software engineering community. Previously he served as President and Chief Operation Officer of SRC, Inc. and as Senior Vice President and General Manager at MITRE Corporation and the Business Area Executive of Precision Engagement at John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Mr. Behler was formerly Commanding General at the Air Force Command and Control & Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center as well as the Deputy Commander at Joint Headquarters North, NATO. He is a U.S. Air Force retired Major General, and the recipient of various Distinguished Service Medals.
  • National Security Agency
    • Inspector General - Robert P. Storch  Mr. Storch has been the Deputy Inspector General at the Department of Justice (DOJ) since March 2015.  He also is the DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Whistleblower Ombudsperson and chairs the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Whistleblower Ombudsman Working Group.  He previously was Senior Counsel and Counselor to the Inspector General, and Acting Deputy Inspector General from 2014 to 2015.  Mr. Storch worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York from 1995 to 2012, most recently serving as Deputy Criminal Chief and Counsel to the U.S. Attorney.  From 2007 to 2009, he was posted as a DOJ Resident Legal Advisor in Ukraine.  He previously served as Chief of the Appellate Division and Senior Litigation Counsel, and as the District’s initial Anti-Terrorism Coordinator.  Earlier in his career, he worked at the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division at DOJ and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Florida.  He has received a number of commendations, including from the Assistant Attorneys General for the Criminal and the Civil Rights Divisions of DOJ and the Director of the FBI.

Secretary of Education - Betsy DeVos - Chair of the Windquest Group

  • Deputy Secretary - Mitchell Zais - Most recently, Mr. Zais served as South Carolina's elected State Superintendent of Education.  During his term in office, the department's budget was reduced while on-time high school graduation rates increased every year to an all-time high.  The number of public charter schools increased 78 percent, the number of public charter school students increased 155 percent, and the number of students taking online courses grew 130 percent.  Prior to that, he served 10 years as president of Newberry College in South Carolina.  The College was recognized for the first time by U.S. News as one of "America's Best Colleges."  He served 31 years as an infantry soldier in the U.S. Army.  He retired as a Brigadier General.  Mr. Zais holds a B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an M.A. degree in military history, plus M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in organizational behavior and social psychology from the University of Washington.  He served as South Carolina Commissioner of Higher Education and is a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the states’ highest civilian award.
  • Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education - Timothy Kelly - Mr. Kelly is currently a State representative from the 94th district in Saginaw County, Michigan.  Mr. Kelly, serving in his third and final term in the Michigan House of Representatives, is the chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid, which oversees K-12 spending, and also chairs the House Education Reform policy committee.  Prior to his election as a State representative, Mr. Kelly served one term as an elected county commissioner in Saginaw County.  He also served in former Michigan Governor John Engler’s administration as the governor’s education policy advisor, and as a special advisor to the director of the Michigan Department of Career Development.  Mr. Kelly also served in the administration of Governor Evan Bayh in Indiana as the executive director of the Indiana Human Resources Investment Council, the executive director of the Indiana Council on Vocational Education, and as a development specialist for the Indiana Department of Commerce.  Before working in the public sector, Mr. Kelly worked in various subsidiaries and States for Bituminous Materials Co., Inc., his family’s emulsified asphalt business.  Mr. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Denver.  Among many awards and recognitions for his work in the legislature, he is the 2016 recipient of the Michigan College Access Network’s Compass Award, and was the MIRS 2013 Freshman Legislator of the Year. (Withdrawn November 14, 2017)
  • Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights - Kenneth L. Marcus  - Mr. Marcus is currently President and General Counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law.  He previously served as Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and was delegated the authority of Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights under President George W. Bush.  He also previously served as the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Chair in Equality and Justice in America at the City University of New York’s Baruch College School of Public Affairs.
  • Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs - Peter Louis Oppenheim - Mr. Oppenheim is currently the Education Policy Director and Counsel for the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. During his tenure on the Senate HELP Committee staff, Mr. Oppenheim was instrumental in negotiations leading to the enactment of several landmark education laws, including the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013. Previously, Mr. Oppenheim was Senator Lamar Alexander's (R-TN) Legislative Counsel, advising the Senator on education, labor, and pensions issues. Before working on the Hill, Mr. Oppenheim was a Managing Associate in the education and workforce practice at the Carmen Group. Mr. Oppenheim also served as a public policy research assistant for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA), a finance coordinator for the Republican Governors Association, and a project manager for the Republican National Committee.
  • Assistant Secretary for Management - Holly Luong Ham - Ham has had a long career in private enterprise as a management consultant and sales executive at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.  Ms. Ham is an APAWLI fellow through The Center for Asian Pacific American Women’s leadership program. Ms. Ham has long been involved in efforts supporting families and students in need, serving on the Board of Directors for Skills for Living, Inc. and advising the Board of Financial Mentors of America.
  • Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development - James Blew - Mr. Blew is the director of Student Success of California, an affiliate of 50CAN (the 50-state Campaign for Achievement Now), and the former president of Students First, the national advocacy organization founded by former DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee. For more than a decade until 2014, Mr. Blew was a key advisor to the Walton family, serving as director of K-12 reform investments for the Walton Family Foundation. He holds a BA from Occidental College and an MBA from Yale University. He has held advisory and governing roles for several education reform organizations, including the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, the American Federation for Children, and the Policy Innovators in Education Network.
  • Chief Financial Officer - Douglas Webster - Dr. Webster is currently Director, Risk Management at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he leads government-to-government risk assessment policy for the agency.  He has also served as an advisor in development of the agency’s enterprise risk management program.  Dr. Webster previously served 21 years in the Air Force, followed by 24 years of Federal financial management experience, and is a former Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Labor.  Dr. Webster received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from UCLA, a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, and a doctorate in business administration of U.S. International University. He has co-authored three books on the subjects of cost/performance management, risk management, and organizational change management.  He has received the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management Hall of Fame award, and the Association of Government Accountants International Achievement award.  He is a Certified Government Financial Manager.
  • General Counsel - Carlos G. Muñiz - Mr. Muñiz is an attorney and consultant at McGuireWoods. His prior experience in government includes serving as Deputy Attorney General of the State of Florida and as Deputy General Counsel to the Governor of Florida. He earned degrees from the University of Virginia and from Yale Law School. After law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge José A. Cabranes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Judge Thomas A. Flannery of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Secretary of Energy – Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Deputy Chief of Staff – Dan Wilmot - worked as an assistant to then-Vice President Dick Cheney and later for Perry during his time as Texas governor.

Liaison to the White House – Wells Griffith - deputy chief of staff to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus when he was chairman of the Republican National Committee

  • Deputy Secretary - Dan R. Brouillette - Mr. Brouillette is Senior Vice President and head of public policy for USAA, the Nation’s leading provider of financial services to the military community.  Before joining USAA, Mr. Brouillette was a Vice President of Ford Motor Company, where he led the automaker’s domestic policy teams and served on its North American Operating Committee.  Before joining Ford, Mr. Brouillette was Clhief of Staff to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has broad jurisdictional and oversight authority over five Cabinet-level Federal agencies.  He also served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs from 2001 to 2003.  He is a former state energy regulator, having served as a member of the Louisiana State Mineral and Energy Board from 2013 to 2016.  Mr. Brouillette and his wife, Adrienne, are U.S. Army veterans and the parents of nine children.  They reside in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Under Secretary for Science - Paul Dabbar - Dabbar is Managing Director for Mergers & Acquisitions for J.P. Morgan, and has over $400 billion in investment experience across all energy sectors including solar, wind, geothermal, distributed-generation, utility, LNG, pipeline, oil & gas, trading, energy technology, and has also led the majority of all nuclear transactions.  Before joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Dabbar served as a nuclear submarine officer in Mare Island, California, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, including deploying to the North Pole where he conducted environmental research.  He also currently serves on the Department of Energy Environmental Management Advisory Board.  He has been a lecturer at the U.S. Naval Academy Economics Department, and conducted research at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. 
  • Under Secretary - Mark Wesley Menezes - Mr. Menezes is Vice President of Federal Relations for Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a diversified energy company.  Before joining Berkshire, Mr. Menezes was a partner at Hunton & Williams heading its energy practice group.  Prior to Hunton, he was Chief Counsel, U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, for the House Majority during the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  Before joining the committee, he was Vice President with Central and South West Corporation and upon its merger with American Electric Power Company, served as vice president and associate general counsel.
  • Assistant Secretary, Electricity, Delivery and Energy Reliability - Bruce J. Walker - Mr. Walker is the founder of Modern Energy Insights, Inc., which specializes in evaluating risk for utilities’ critical electric infrastructure. He has more than 25 years of electric utility experience, previously working at National Grid as the Vice President of Asset Strategy and Policy. Earlier, he worked for Consolidated Edison of New York, where he last held the position of Director of Corporate Emergency Management and served on the Biological Chemical Weapons Response Team. He has served as a member of DOE’s Electricity Advisory Committee, DOE’s Advisory Committee for the Mega-Watt scale integration lab, and was a member of GridWise Alliance, Inc. He is the co-founder of the Global Smart Grid Federation. Mr. Walker is the Deputy County Executive for the County of Putnam and is the Acting Energy Sector Chief for the Hudson Valley Infragard.
  • Assistant Secretary, Fossil Energy - Steven E. Winberg - Winberg has extensive corporate management experience and strong leadership credentials in fossil energy. He is a recognized expert in fossil energy R&D, advanced clean coal technology, and natural gas production and use. As Vice President for R&D for CONSOL Energy, Inc., and more recently as a Senior Program Manager with the Battelle Memorial Institute, he has demonstrated leadership on energy policy issues including addressing emissions legislation/regulation and electricity/natural gas deregulation. Mr. Winberg was the board chair for the FutureGen Industrial Alliance, a coalition of power producers, coal producers and equipment manufacturers, established to pursue a public/private partnership to build the world’s first near-zero emissions coal-fueled power plant. Mr. Winberg holds two patents related to NOx emissions reduction using coal and natural gas.
  • Energy Information Administration, Administrator - Linda Capuano - Ms. Capuano, Ph.D. fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies, has previously served as vice president of technology at Marathon Oil Corporation; senior vice president of engineering design at Solectron Flextronics; executive vice president and chief technology officer at Advanced Energy Industries; vice president of technology strategy at Honeywell; general manager of wide body aircraft auxiliary product units at AlliedSignal Aerospace; and manager in computer memory product development at IBM. She also co-founded and served as chief financial officer of Conductus, a Silicon Valley start-up. Ms. Capuano currently serves on the board of Peak Reliability and has served on the Board of the California Independent Systems Operator. She is an associate member of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • General Counsel - David S. Jonas  David S. Jonas is a partner at Fluet, Huber & Hoang. He served as General Counsel of both the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Prior to that, he served over 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown and George Washington University Law Schools. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Naval War College Foundation, the Young Marines, and the Marine Executive Association. He is also on the American Bar Association Advisory Committee on Law and National Security and the Advisory Committee of the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.

Department of Justice – Attorney General – Sen. Jeff Sessions (Alabama)

  • Deputy Attorney General - Rod J. Rosenstein - U.S. attorney in Baltimore and the longest-serving U.S. attorney - sole holdover U.S. attorney from the George W. Bush administration who is still in office
  • Associate Attorney General - Rachel L. Brand - former DOJ attorney
  • Assistant Attorney General - Steven Andrew Engel - Dechert LLP partner
  • Assistant Attorney General - Stephen Elliott Boyd
  • Assistant Attorney General (Anti-Trust Division) - Makan Delrahim - Mr. Delrahim currently serves as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President.  Previously, he was a partner at a national law firm in Los Angeles, practicing antitrust and intellectual property law.  He was also an adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University.  Prior to private practice, he was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division at the Justice Department.  He served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Task Force on Intellectual Property, and as Chairman of the Merger Working Group of the International Competition Network.  Mr. Delrahim served as Commissioner on the U.S. Antitrust Modernization Commission.  He also served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where he initially started as antitrust counsel and was the principal staff architect of landmark antitrust merger reform legislation. Mr. Delrahim, earlier served at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and practiced antitrust law as an associate at a national law firm in Washington, D.C.
  • Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division - Eric S. Dreiband - Dreiband, a labor attorney at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., and served as general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under George W. Bush.
  • Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division - Joseph H. Hunt - Mr. Hunt currently serves as Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to the Attorney General of the United States. Prior to this appointment, he served for fifteen years as Director of the Federal Programs Branch in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, where he supervised the Government’s litigation efforts with respect to numerous legal challenges in Federal district courts. His litigation responsibilities have concerned a wide range of matters on behalf of many executive agencies, including the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Treasury, and components of the United States Intelligence Community. Prior to joining Federal service in 1999, Mr. Hunt worked as a lawyer in private practice. Mr. Hunt clerked for Judge James H. Hancock of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama following his graduation in 1989 from Columbia School of Law, where he was recognized as Best Oralist in the national phase of the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Mr. Hunt is a past recipient of the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.
  • Assistant Attorney General (Criminal Division) - Brian Allen Benczkowski - Mr. Benczkowski is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP whose practice focuses on litigation and white collar criminal defense, including government and internal investigations. He has over 10 years of diverse public service experience in the federal government, including key leadership positions both in the U.S. Department of Justice and on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining Kirkland in 2010, Mr. Benczkowski served as the Republican Staff Director for the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate, where he was the top advisor and strategist to Republican members of the committee for legislative, oversight and nominations matters. Previously, Mr. Benczkowski was the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. As the principal legal, policy and political advisor to the two senior leaders of the Department of Justice, he was responsible for overall direction of the Department, including operational, policy and public relations efforts. Mr. Benczkowski also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, where he managed DOJ's relationship with Congress. During this time, he was responsible for directing the Department's response to congressional investigations and requests for information and documents, and preparing numerous witnesses and nominees for testimony before Congress.
  • Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources - Jeffrey Bossert Clark - Mr. Clark is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He is a complex trial and appellate litigator with especially deep experience in administrative law, cutting across dozens of statutes and numerous agencies. Mr. Clark has been with Kirkland since 1996, with the exception of his period of service by virtue of appointment by the Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice from 2001-2005. He has worked on cutting-edge cases in numerous areas of law, and argued and won numerous cases in multiple Circuits. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Clark was the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department. While there, he supervised the Appellate Section (50 lawyers and staff) and the Indian Resources Section (25 lawyers and staff). Also during that period, he reviewed, edited, or contributed to virtually every brief the Environment Division of the Department of Justice filed in the Courts of Appeals, including several cases of exceptional significance he personally briefed and argued. He also worked on every Supreme Court environmental or natural resource case during this same period. 
  • Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division - John C. Demers - Mr. Demers is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at The Boeing Company. He has held several senior positions at the company including in Boeing Defense, Space, and Security and as lead lawyer and head of international government affairs for Boeing International. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Demers served on the first leadership team of the National Security Division, first as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General and then as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Law & Policy. Before that, he served in the Office of Legal Counsel. For the past eight years, he has taught national security law as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Demers worked in private practice in Boston and clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Solicitor General - Noel J. Francisco - Served as Principal Deputy Solicitor General for the United States since January 23, 2017. Prior to joining the Justice Department, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Jones Day, where he was the chair of the Firm’s Government Regulation Practice. While at Jones Day, he appeared several times before the Supreme Court, including in McDonnell v. United States, which involved the meaning of “official act” under federal bribery statutes; Zubik v. Burwell, which involved the application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to regulations addressing insurance coverage for contraception; and NLRB v. Noel Canning, which involved the Constitution’s recess appointment power. He has also argued numerous cases in lower federal and State courts on a wide range of constitutional, civil, and criminal matters. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Francisco served as Associate Counsel to the President, and from 2003 to 2005 he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Director - Christopher Asher Wray - In 1997, Wray began his extensive public service career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. In May 2001, Wray became the Associate Deputy Attorney General of the Department of Justice and within five months he was appointed the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General. He was a vital member of the DOJ’s operations during and following the 9/11 attacks.  Wray was appointed to serve as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. DOJ’s Criminal Division by President George W. Bush and was confirmed unanimously by the Senate. He led federal criminal law investigations in areas, including: securities fraud, healthcare fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and trade sanctions violations, bank secrecy and money laundering offenses, public corruption, and intellectual property piracy and cybercrime. While he was head of the Criminal Division from 2003 to 2005, Wray worked tirelessly to counteract the wave of corporate fraud scandals and to restore trust in the U.S. financial system. At the end of his term, Wray was given the Edmund J. Randolph Award, which is the DOJ’s most prestigious award for leadership and public service. Since leaving the DOJ in 2005, Wray has worked as a litigation partner at King & Spalding. He chairs the King & Spalding Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group, which specializes in white-collar crimes and regulatory enforcement. He has represented Fortune 100 companies and ranked as a leading litigator by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Legal 500. Wray has performed successful oral arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
  • Bureau of Justice Assistance – Director  - Jon Adler - For the past 26 years, Mr. Adler has served as a professional and volunteer leader in law enforcement.  Mr. Adler amassed considerable law enforcement training experience serving as the chief firearms and tactical training instructor for the United States Attorney’s Office in the southern district of New York, as well as a lead criminal investigator.  As a volunteer law enforcement leader, Mr. Adler served as the president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, and subsequently as the president of its foundation.  Mr. Adler led the largest professional association representing federal and task force officers nationwide.  Mr. Adler also served as the vice chairman of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and as the first chair of the Department of Justice’s Congressional Badge of Bravery Federal Review Board.
  • National Institute of Justice, Director - David B. Muhlhausen - Dr. Muhlhausen, a research fellow in empirical policy analysis at the Heritage Foundation, has championed using rigorous, empirical research to formulate and evaluate government policies.  Dr. Muhlhausen has testified frequently before Congress on the efficiency and effectiveness of various Federal programs.  He has been called most often by the House and Senate Committees on the Judiciary to discuss how to improve policing strategies, prisoner reentry programs, and other important criminal justice programs.  As an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, Dr. Muhlhausen has taught program evaluation and statistical methods to graduate students for 11 years.
  • Office of Sex Offenders, Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking, Director - Laura L. Rogers - Ms. Rogers was a prosecutor for over ten years in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, specializing in child homicide and sexual abuse. In 1999, she moved to the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, where she trained child abuse professionals on prosecuting child abuse cases. In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Rogers as the first director of the DOJ’s SMART office, where she implemented the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. In 2009, she served as deputy director of the criminal law division of the Navy's Office of the Judge Advocate General, director of the Navy's Litigation Track and legal advisor of the Navy's Sexual Assault Prevention Training Program. She founded the National Institute for Training Child Abuse Professionals; served on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops National Review Board, and is on the Philadelphia Archdiocese Review Board on sexual abuse and pastoral conduct.
  • Office of Victims of Crime, Director - Darlene Hutchinson - Ms. Hutchinson has been a crime victims’ advocate more than 20 years, working extensively on legislation and public policy, teaching at police academies, and accompanying victims of all types to court and parole hearings.  Ms. Hutchinson’s volunteerism includes 10 years with rape crisis centers in Montgomery, Alabama, and Collin County, Texas, as well as seven years as president of a victims’ support and advocacy group.  Simultaneously, Ms. Hutchinson worked 25 years in publishing, including eight years as the editor of law enforcement publications in Alabama, Washington, D.C., and Texas. Plus, she served nearly 6 years as the Communications and Media Director for the Dallas Bar Association.  She has received many awards for her dedication to empowering survivors and protecting their rights, while enhancing public safety.  Ms. Hutchinson has played a key role in the development of Alabama’s innovative victim notification system, as well as the passage and ratification of a Victims’ Constitutional Amendment in Alabama.
  • US Attorneys –
    • United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama - Louis V. Franklin, Sr. - Louis V. Franklin has served the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama for nearly 27 years, including as criminal chief for almost 16 years.  Mr. Franklin served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1990 to 1996 and from 1998 to 2001.  From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Franklin was an associate at Sirote and Permutt, where he defended public and private organizations in State and Federal civil litigation.  Mr. Franklin began his career as a staff attorney at the Legal Services Corporation of Alabama from 1987 to 1990.
    • United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama - Richard W. Moore -Richard W. Moore has served as the Inspector General for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) since May 2003 when he was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate. From May 2009 to March 2011, Mr. Moore was the Chairman of the Investigations Committee for the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE).  Prior to his appointment as Inspector General, Mr. Moore served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from 1985 to 2003.  During that time, Mr. Moore prosecuted criminal cases involving white collar crimes, official corruption, and general Federal crimes.  During his time at the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Moore also served as chief of the criminal division, as senior litigation counsel, and as coordinator of the Anti-Terrorism Task Force.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Moore was in private practice in Mobile, Alabama, and Cleveland, Ohio.  From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Moore was an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy at Oxford University in England.  
    • United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama - Jay E. Town -  Jay Town currently serves as a senior prosecutor in the Madison County District Attorney’s Office, where he has been a prosecutor since 2005.  Previously, Mr. Town served as a Judge Advocate General in the United States Marine Corps, where he served on active duty and as a reservist for twelve years.  During his Marine Corps service, Mr. Town received several personal and unit decorations.  From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Town served as an associate at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP.
    • United States Attorney for the District of Alaska - Bryan Schroder - Mr. Schroder is currently the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Alaska, and previously served as the First Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division.  Mr. Schroder has served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for more than 11 years, prosecuting a variety of cases including violent crimes, drug distribution, gun crimes, fraud, tax evasion, environmental crimes, and fisheries and wildlife offenses.  Mr. Schroder is a retired Captain in the U.S. Coast Guard, having served for 24 years.
    • United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas - J. Cody Hiland - Mr. Hiland currently serves as the elected Prosecuting Attorney for the 20th Judicial District of Arkansas, comprising Faulkner, Van Buren, and Searcy counties.  Prior to his election, Mr. Hiland was a partner at Hiland, Thomas & Cox, PLLC.  He previously served as staff attorney and rural and community liaison for the Arkansas Public Service Commission, program director for the Arkansas Transitional Employment Board, and legislative liaison and aide to Governor Mike Huckabee.
    • United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas - Duane A. Kees - Mr. Kees is currently an ethics and compliance director with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he focuses on corporate investigations. Mr. Kees served in the U.S Army JAG Corps for eight years. During his time on active duty, he prosecuted and defended a variety of complex cases and earned two Bronze Stars and a Meritorious Service Medal. He is currently a Major in the Arkansas National Guard. He previously was a partner at the Asa Hutchinson Law Group, LLC.
    • United States Attorney for the District of Columbia - Jessie K. Liu - Ms. Liu is currently Deputy General Counsel for the United States Department of the Treasury. She previously was a partner at the law firms of Morrison & Foerster LLP and Jenner & Block LLP, where her practice focused on litigation, investigations, and compliance. In addition, she has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and in several senior positions in the United States Department of Justice, including as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division, counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, and deputy chief of staff for the National Security Division. Ms. Liu clerked for then-Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Houston, Texas.
    • United States Attorney for the District of Delaware - David Weiss - Mr. Weiss is currently the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Delaware. He previously served as the interim United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, and, starting in 2007, served as the First Assistant United States Attorney. Mr. Weiss also served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1986 to 1989, prosecuting violent crimes and white collar offenses. In between his stints at the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Weiss was a commercial litigation associate and then partner, at Duane Morris LLP and was an executive at a financial services firm. Mr. Weiss clerked for the Honorable Andrew D. Christie of the Delaware Supreme Court.
    • United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia - Charles E. Peeler - Mr. Peeler is currently a partner at Flynn Peeler & Phillips, LLC, a firm he co-founded in 2005.  Mr. Peeler maintains a diverse trial practice focusing on complex civil litigation and Federal criminal matters.  Previously, he served as an attorney with King & Spalding, LLP in Atlanta, where he focused on intellectual property litigation.
    • United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia - Byung Jin (“BJay”) Pak  Mr. Pak is currently a member of Chalmers Pak Burch & Adams LLC, where his practice focuses on complex litigation and government investigations.  Mr. Pak was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017, during which he served as a Deputy Majority Whip, and as the Vice Chairman of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.  From 2002 to 2008, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia, where he prosecuted drug trafficking, money laundering, intellectual property, and white-collar crimes.  Prior to becoming a Federal prosecutor, he was a litigation associate at Alston & Bird LLP.  Mr. Pak clerked for the Honorable Richard Mills of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.
    • United States Attorney for the District of Idaho - Bart M. Davis - Davis is currently in private practice in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he focuses on commercial, regulatory, and transactional work.  Mr. Davis has served in the Idaho State Senate for the past 19 years, including as Majority Leader for 15 years. He is currently a commissioner to the Uniform Law Commission and a past chairman of The Council of State Governments.
    • United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois - John R. Lausch Jr. - Mr. Lausch is currently a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where his practice focuses on corporate investigations and other complex litigation matters. Previously, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois from 1999 to 2010. During his time in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Lausch served as a Deputy Chief in the Narcotics and Gangs Section for several years, where he helped lead the District’s Anti-Gang and Project Safe Neighborhoods programs. Mr. Lausch clerked for the Honorable Michael S. Kanne of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
    • United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana. - Thomas L. Kirsch II - Mr. Kirsch is currently a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, where his practice focuses on complex litigation and corporate investigations.  Previously, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana and as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy.  Mr. Kirsch clerked for the Honorable John Daniel Tinder of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
    • United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana - Joshua J. Minkler - Mr. Minkler has served as the interim United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana since June 2015.  Prior to that appointment, he served for 21 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Indiana, where he held the positions of First Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Drug and Violent Crime Unit.  Before he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Minkler served for five years as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Office of the Kent County Michigan Prosecuting Attorney, where he prosecuted violent crimes.
    • United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa - Peter E. Deegan, Jr. -  Mr. Deegan is currently an Assistant United States Attorney and the Chief of the Criminal Division in the Northern District of Iowa.  He has worked at the Iowa U.S. Attorney’s Office for more than 10 years.  He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan from 2004 to 2006.  Mr. Deegan has prosecuted a variety of Federal offenses with an emphasis on complex white collar and business crime.  He previously was an associate attorney at Murphy Smith & Polk PC in Chicago, where his practice focused on labor and employment litigation.  Mr. Deegan clerked for the Honorable Lawrence P. Zatkoff of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
    • United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa - Marc Krickbaum - Mr. Krickbaum is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, and he previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Iowa.  Prior to joining those U.S. Attorney’s Offices, Mr. Krickbaum served as counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, and as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. Mr. Krickbaum clerked for the Honorable Steven M. Colloton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Honorable Mark Filip of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
    • United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky - Robert M. (Rob) Duncan, Jr. - Since 2005, Mr. Duncan has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Kentucky, where he has prosecuted a variety of criminal cases, including complex drug trafficking, money laundering, firearms offenses, and violent crime. Mr. Duncan clerked for the Honorable Henry R. Wilhoit, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
    • United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky - Russell M. Coleman - Coleman is currently a member of the law firm of Frost Brown Todd, LLC in Louisville, where he focuses on internal investigations, white-collar criminal matters, and government relations.  In addition, he presently serves as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Kentucky’s 12th Judicial Circuit.  From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Coleman served as legal counsel to United States Senator Mitch McConnell.  From 2004 to 2010, he served as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 
    • United States Attorney for the District of Maine - Halsey B. Frank - Frank is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maine, where he prosecutes federal crimes and defends the United States in civil actions.  Mr. Frank has worked at the Maine U.S. Attorney’s Office since September 1999.  He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia from 1990 to 1999.  From 1987 to 1990, he served as a trial attorney in the Torts Branch of the Civil Division in the Department of Justice.
    • United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi - William C. Lamar -Mr. Lamar has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Mississippi since 1991.  He has served as chief of the Criminal Division since April 2014, and was the senior litigation counsel and appellate chief from 2008 to 2014.  Mr. Lamar has received several awards for his prosecution work, including the Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director’s Award in 2004.  From 1990 to 1991, Mr. Lamar clerked for the Honorable Neal B. Biggers, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.
    • United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi - Michael Hurst, Jr. - Mr. Hurst is currently the director of the Mississippi Justice Institute and general counsel for the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.  From 2006 to 2015Mr. Hurst served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Mississippi, where he prosecuted public corruption, white collar, and immigration cases, among others.  He previously served as legislative director and counsel to Congressman Chip Pickering, as well as counsel to the Constitution Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.
    • United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri - Jeffrey B. Jensen - Mr. Jensen is currently a partner at Husch Blackwell LLP.  He served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Missouri starting in 1999, and was Executive United States Attorney from 2005 to 2009.  Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Jensen was an FBI Special Agent from 1989 to 1999.
    • United States Attorney for the District of Montana - Kurt Alme - Mr. Alme is currently the President and General Counsel of the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation, which provides mental health services and substance abuse support for children.  From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Alme served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Montana, and was the First Assistant United States Attorney from 2006 to 2010.  He has previously served as director of the Montana Department of Revenue.  Mr. Alme was also a partner with the law firm of Crowley, Haughey, Hanson, Toole & Dietrich, PLLP.  Mr. Alme clerked for the Honorable Charles C. Lovell of the United States District Court for the District of Montana.
    • United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska - Joseph P. Kelly - Mr. Kelly is currently serving his second term as the Lancaster County Attorney. Prior to that position, he served as the chief deputy Lancaster County Attorney for 10 years and as deputy Lancaster County Attorney for more than 10 years. Mr. Kelly has prosecuted a wide variety of crimes including homicide, robbery, sexual assault and white collar. He was an associate with Berniger, Berg and Diver PC in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 1987 to 1990. Mr. Kelly received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
    • United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire - Scott W. Murray - Mr. Murray is currently the Merrimack County Attorney, serving his fourth consecutive 2-year term in that office. From 1983 to 2011, Mr. Murray served as the chief prosecutor for the City of Concord, New Hampshire. Mr. Murray received his B.A. and M.P.A from the University of New Hampshire and his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center.
    • United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina - Robert J. Higdon, Jr. - Mr. Higdon is currently a partner at the law firm of Williams Mullen.  He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina.  In the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Higdon served as Chief of the Criminal Division for more than 11 years.  Mr. Higdon also served as senior trial counsel in the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice.
    • United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio - Justin E. Herdman - Justin E. Herdman is currently a partner in the Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group at Jones Day.  Prior to joining Jones Day, Mr. Herdman served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Cleveland, Ohio.  During this time, Mr. Herdman prosecuted several terrorism cases and complex national security matters.  Mr. Herdman previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City from 2001 to 2005 and as an associate at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP.  He is currently a Judge Advocate General in the United States Air Force Reserve.
    • United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma - R. Trent Shores - Mr. Shores is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Oklahoma, where he prosecutes human trafficking and child exploitation, drug-trafficking organizations, public corruption, and white-collar crime. He also serves as the national security cyber specialist for the Northern District.  Mr. Shores previously served as First Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma and deputy director for the Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice, where he developed initiatives to promote public safety in Indian Country.
    • United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma - Brian J. Kuester -  Brian J. Kuester currently serves as the District Attorney for District 27 in Oklahoma, a position he has held since 2011.  Mr. Kuester was elected in November 2010, and again in 2014.  From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Kuester was a Staff Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company.  Prior to that, Mr. Kuester served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office.  From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Kuester was an associate at Robinette & Osmond Law Firm.  Prior to receiving his law degree, Mr. Kuester served on two separate police forces in Missouri, in Fulton and in Springfield.  
    • United States Attorney for the District of Oregon - Billy J. Williams  - Since February 2016, Mr. Williams has served as the court-appointed United States Attorney for the District of Oregon. He has worked at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon since 2000, where he has served as the First Assistant, Chief of the Criminal Division, Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit, and as the Tribal Liaison. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Williams served as a Senior Deputy District Attorney in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.
    • United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota - Ronald A. Parsons, Jr. -  Mr. Parsons is currently a partner at the law firm of Johnson Janklow Abdallah Reiter & Parsons LLP, where he focuses on complex litigation, appellate law, and constitutional law.  He also serves, by appointment, as a Limited Deputy State’s Attorney for Minnehaha County and as South Dakota’s representative on the Eighth Circuit Federal Advisory Committee.  Mr. Parsons clerked for the Honorable Roger L. Wollman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
    • United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee - J. Douglas Overbey - Mr. Overbey is currently a senior partner and cofounder of the law firm Robertson Overbey.  During his 38 years of practice, he has handled a diverse array of legal matters, including antitrust and commercial litigation.  Mr. Overbey is also a three-term Tennessee state senator and the chair of the state ethics committee.  He previously served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee College of Law.  He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Carson-Newman College, and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was first in his class and Order of the Coif.
    • United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee - Donald Q. Cochran - Mr. Cochran is currently a law professor at Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, Tennessee, where he teaches courses in criminal law and trial advocacy.  Mr. Cochran was previously a professor at Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.  From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Cochran was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama.  During that time, he prosecuted white collar crimes, public corruption, and violent crimes, including the final defendant charged with the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  Mr. Cochran began his career as a prosecutor in the Jefferson County (Birmingham, Alabama) District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted homicides, sexual assaults, and other violent crimes.  Mr. Cochran clerked for the Honorable Julie E. Carnes of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Cochran was an Army Ranger and Special Forces officer for nine years.
    • United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee - Michael Dunavant - D. Michael Dunavant has served as the District Attorney General for the 25th Judicial District in Tennessee since 2006.  In that role, he has handled or been involved in major prosecutions, covering the full range of criminal offenses, in a geographic region spanning five counties.  From 1995 to 2006, Mr. Dunavant practiced law at the firm of Carney, Wilder & Dunavant.
    • United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas - Erin Nealy Cox - Ms. Nealy Cox is currently a Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Co in the cybersecurity and risk practice. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Sally Beauty Holdings, a large retailer on the NYSE. From 1999 to 2008, Ms. Nealy Cox served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Texas, where she prosecuted cyber crimes, white collar crimes, and general crimes. In 2004 and 2005, she served at Main Justice as chief of staff and senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy. Ms. Nealy Cox also previously worked at Stroz Friedberg, a cybersecurity and investigations consulting firm. Ms. Nealy Cox clerked for the Honorable Henry A. Politz, when he served as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, United States District Judge in the Northern District of Texas.
    • United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia - William J. Powell - Mr. Powell is currently serving as the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Jefferson County West Virginia Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He previously was a member at the law firm of Jackson Kelly PLLC in Martinsburg, West Virginia, where his practice focused on civil litigation and white-collar criminal law. He also previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of West Virginia, where he prosecuted major fraud and violent crimes.
    • United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin - Matthew D. Krueger - Mr. Krueger is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 2013. Mr. Krueger previously worked as an associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C. He also served as a Bristow Fellow in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General. He clerked for the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
    • United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin - Scott C. Blader - Mr. Blader is currently the elected District Attorney for Waushara County, Wisconsin and has been serving in that capacity since 2007. Prior to 2007, Mr. Blader was an associate attorney with Blader Law Office, where he focused on criminal litigation.
    • United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming - Mark A. Klaassen - Mr. Klaassen is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Wyoming, where he has served for more than eight years.  From 2007 to 2009, he was Chief of Staff to the General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, and he also served as General Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security from 2003 to 2007.   Mr. Klaassen began his career as an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP.  Mr. Klaassen clerked for the Honorable Wade Brorby of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
    • United States Attorney for the District of Utah - John W. Huber - Since June 2015, John W. Huber has served as the United States Attorney for the District of Utah.  After serving the District of Utah for nearly two years as a Presidential appointee, Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions appointed Mr. Huber to continue his service in March 2017. Prior to being named United States Attorney, Mr. Huber served as an Assistant United States Attorney for thirteen years.  Mr. Huber began his prosecutorial career in the Weber County (Utah) Attorney’s Office, and later served as the Chief Prosecutor for West Valley City, Utah, before joining the ranks of Federal prosecutors in the United States Attorney’s Office in 2002.
    • United States Attorney for the District of Vermont - Christina E. Nolan - Since 2010, Ms. Nolan has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Vermont, where she has prosecuted a variety of criminal cases, including complex drug trafficking offenses, money laundering, firearms offenses, violent crime, and crimes against children. Ms. Nolan previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. From 2005 to 2009, Ms. Nolan worked as a litigation associate at Goodwin Procter LLP, in Boston, where she concentrated her practice in white collar criminal defense. Ms. Nolan clerked for The Honorable F. Dennis Saylor IV, of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Health and Human Services

  • Secretary – Cong. Tom Price, MD (Georgia) (Resigned September 29, 2017)
    • Alex Azar - Mr. Azar is currently the chairman of Seraphim Strategies, LLC. Mr. Azar has led a notable career by serving in several senior roles in both the public and private sectors. As President of Lilly USA, LLC, the largest affiliate of global biopharmaceutical leader Eli Lilly and Company, he directly led the U.S. Biomedicines business unit, the affiliate’s largest division, encompassing the areas of neuroscience, cardiovascular health, men’s health, musculoskeletal, autoimmune disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and pain, as well as the sales, marketing, and payer operations of the company’s U.S. commercial business. Prior to his time at Lilly USA, Mr. Azar was the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services immediately after serving as its General Counsel, where the Senate confirmed him for both Presidential appointments by voice vote. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his juris doctorate from Yale University.
      • Acting Secretary – Deputy Secretary - Eric Hargan - An attorney at Greenberg Traurig, Hargan had been involved in the Trump transition team effort at HHS. He served at HHS from 2003 to 2007 in several positions, including acting deputy secretary under President George W. Bush.  In his previous roles at HHS, he worked on Medicare, Medicaid, drug and device regulation, public health and medical research policy.  He was named Acting Secretary on October 11, 2017
      • Chief of Staff - Lance Leggitt - former health official in the George W. Bush administration, most recently led the federal health policy practice at the law firm Baker Donelson. He previously was a senior health policy adviser in the Bush White House, as well as counselor to the HHS deputy secretary.
  • Acting Secretary – Deputy Secretary - Eric Hargan - An attorney at Greenberg Traurig, Hargan had been involved in the Trump transition team effort at HHS. He served at HHS from 2003 to 2007 in several positions, including acting deputy secretary under President George W. Bush.  In his previous roles at HHS, he worked on Medicare, Medicaid, drug and device regulation, public health and medical research policy.  He was named Acting Secretary on October 11, 2017.
    • Chief of Staff - Lance Leggitt - former health official in the George W. Bush administration, most recently led the federal health policy practice at the law firm Baker Donelson. He previously was a senior health policy adviser in the Bush White House, as well as counselor to the HHS deputy secretary.
    • Deputy Director - Jane Lucas – Ms. Lucas was legislative director for Sen. John Thune (R-S.D);
    • Policy Advisor - Emily Wilkinson – Ms. Wilkinson  is a former legislative assistant to Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and one-time congressional aide to Price when he served in the House.
    • Counselor for Public Health and Science – Mary Sumpter Lapinski – Ms. Lapinski, was at the Senate HELP Committee.
  • Deputy Secretary - Eric Hargan - An attorney at Greenberg Traurig, Hargan had been involved in the Trump transition team effort at HHS. He served at HHS from 2003 to 2007 in several positions, including acting deputy secretary under President George W. Bush.  In his previous roles at HHS, he worked on Medicare, Medicaid, drug and device regulation, public health and medical research policy.
  • Surgeon General and Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, for a term of four years - Jerome M. Adams - Currently Mr. Adams is the Indiana State Health Commissioner.  Previously, he served as a Staff Anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  He holds a BS in Biochemistry; a BA in Biopsychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County; a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of California at Berkeley and an MD from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he also completed his anesthesia residency.  His Awards include the Indiana Center for Leadership Development Achievement Award (2017); the Sagamore of the Wabash Award (highest civilian honor from the State of Indiana), from Governor Mike Pence (2016); Indiana Rural Health Association Health Policy Advocate Award (2016); Indiana University Early Career Achievement Award (2016); and the Indiana University Teaching Award.
  • Assistant Secretary for Aging - Lance Allen Robertson - Mr. Robertson served as Oklahoma’s Director of Aging Services for the past decade, overseeing a range of programs that included the Older Americans Act and a large 1915c Medicaid waiver. He was an administrator at Oklahoma State University for twelve years, where he co-founded the Gerontology Institute and directed a regional professional association, PartnerShips for Aging. He is a past president of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) and has served on numerous boards and commissions. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
  • Assistant Secretary for Family Support - Lynn A. Johnson - Lynn Johnson currently serves as the Executive Director of the Jefferson County Department of Human Services. Prior to this position, Mrs. Johnson ran a consulting firm that focused on mental health, high-risk youth, developmental disabilities, child welfare, and early childhood education. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff for former Colorado Lieutenant Governor Jane E. Norton. She also served as Deputy Director for Policy and as Human Services Policy Advisor for former Colorado Governor Bill Owens. Mrs. Johnson has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University.
  • Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources - John J. Bartrum - Mr. Bartrum has more than 30 years of Federal health policy and budget experience as a retired Federal Senior Executive Service member and Capitol Hill veteran. Immediately prior to his nomination, he was a partner within the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Group at Squire Patton Boggs in Washington, DC. In his Federal career, Mr. Bartrum served as Senior Professional Staffer to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Budget Director at the National Institute of Health, professional staff in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and in other Federal positions over his career. In addition, Mr. Bartrum is a combat veteran with nearly thirty years of military experience in both active duty and as a reserve officer. He currently serves in the rank of Colonel as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander Air Force Medical Operations Agency.
  • Assistant Secretary for Health - Brett Giroir - Dr. Giroir currently serves as President and CEO of ViraCyte, LLC and as an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Tropical Medicine and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Prior to that he was the Executive Vice President and CEO at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and earlier he served as Director, Defense Science Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and also as a Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Health in Dallas, as well as a Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He has received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Texas A&M University System Award for Innovation. He serves as Chair of the Veterans Choice Act Blue Ribbon Panel to Review and Assess the Veterans Health System, a Scientific Advisory Board Member at the Cancer Moonshots Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and is a Scientific Advisory Board Member at the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, University of Michigan.
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion – Don Wright - Don Wright, M.D., M.P.H., has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) since January 2012. In this capacity, he leads coordination and policy development for public health and prevention activities within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. On February 10, 2017, Dr. Wright was named Acting Assistant Secretary for Health.
  •  Assistant Secretary for Legislation - Matthew Bassett - Mr. Bassett is a healthcare policy expert with more than 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to his nomination, he served as a senior executive for healthcare companies myNEXUS and Davita Inc. In addition to his experience in the private sector, he held senior positions in the United States House of Representatives for members of the House Rules and Energy and Commerce Committees.  He also served the Governor of Kentucky as a senior advisor in his role as Chief of Staff to Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  There he worked to bring reforms to Kentucky’s Medicaid and insurance markets. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Access Tennessee Health Insurance Pool.
    • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation - Sarah Arbes – Ms. Arbes was previously at the Business Roundtable and the Senate HELP Committee, will be the principal deputy assistant secretary for legislation.
    • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation - Ashley Palmer – Ms. Palmer was at the House Budget Committee.
    • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation - Sara Morse – Ms. Morse was at the American College of Surgeons.
    • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation - Courtney Lawrence – Ms. Lawrence was at AHIP.
  • Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use - Elinore F. McCance-Katz - Dr. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D. is the Chief Medical Officer for the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals. She is also Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Previously, she served as the first Chief Medical Officer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She is board certified in General Psychiatry and in Addiction Psychiatry. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry with more than 25 years of experience as a clinician, teacher, and clinical researcher.
  • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation - Stephen T. Parente -  Dr. Parente, PhD, MPH, MS is Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance in Carlson School of Management, Associate Dean of MBA and MS Programs, and Director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota.  As a Finance Professor, he examines insurance, health IT and health reform.  He is Governing Chair of the Washington, D.C. based Health Care Cost Institute, a non-profit with private insurer data representing 60 million insured.  Dr. Parente serves as a Congressional Budget Office health advisor and was a health policy advisor for the McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign. 
    • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation - John R. Graha  - formerly senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis.
    • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation - John M. O'Brien  - Mr. O’Brien was previously vice president of public policy at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
  • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response - Robert P. Kadlec - Currently, Dr. Kadlec is the Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.  Previously, he served as a Special Assistant to the President for Biodefense Policy for President George W. Bush.
  • Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs - Charmaine Yoest - Dr. Yoest will serve as Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services.  Dr. Yoest is a Senior Fellow at American Values in Washington, D.C.  She earned a B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Government from the University of Virginia, where she received Mellon, Olin, Bradley and Kohler fellowships.  She served as the Project Director of a national study funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation which focused on paid parental leave in academia.  Dr. Yoest previously served as President and CEO of Americans United for Life, a public interest law firm.  She began her career serving in the White House under Ronald Reagan in the Office of Presidential Personnel. She also served as a Trump for President surrogate and as a Senior Advisor to the 2008 Huckabee for President campaign.
  • General Counsel - Robert Charrow - Mr. Charrow is a principal shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where he specializes in litigation arising under the Administrative Procedure Act, the federal regulation of healthcare, and federal appellate litigation. Before joining Greenberg Traurig in 2002, he was with the law firm Crowell & Moring. Previously, he served as the Deputy and then Principal Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He supervised the chief counsel for the various agencies within the Department, including the Health Care Financing Administration (now CMS), Office of Inspector General, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Public Health Service.
  • Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)  - Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D - an obstetrician-gynecologist and commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health for the past six years.
  • Director of the Indian Health Service for a term of four years - Robert M. Weaver - Mr. Weaver is an enrolled member of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma.  He serves as the consultative representative to U.S. Government Relations for his tribe in the area of healthcare.  Mr. Weaver brings nearly two decades of experience in hospital, mental health administration, and entrepreneurship.  He is the founder and owner of four companies that provide healthcare consulting services to tribal governments, their enterprises, and their members.  He works at the tribal, State, and Federal levels to improve access and affordability to quality healthcare for American Indians and Alaska Natives through improving employee benefit plans and creating tribal member wellness plans.  The National Indian Health Board awarded Mr. Weaver the Regional/Area Impact Award in 2012.  One of his companies, RWI Benefits LLC was named the 2017 American Indian Business of the Year from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
  • Director of the National Cancer Institute - Norman Sharpless - Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, MD, is director of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and a Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Sharpless earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and his hematology/oncology fellowship at Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Care. A practicing oncologist caring for patients with leukemia, Dr. Sharpless also leads a research group studying the cell cycle and its role in cancer and aging. He has authored more than 150 original scientific papers, reviews and book chapters. He holds 10 patents that form the core intellectual property of two NC-based biotechnology startup companies. Dr. Sharpless is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He serves on the Association of American Cancer Institutes’ board of directors, and on the National Institute of Aging’s National Advisory Council on Aging.
  • Director of the Office for Civil Rights - Roger Severino -.  Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Severino served as Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society in the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation.
  • Director, Office of Health Reform - Jeffrey H. Anderson -  Mr. Anderson worked as a speechwriter at HHS during the George W. Bush administration and most recently worked as a fellow at the Hudson Institute.
  • Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Seema Verma - Indiana health policy consultant.
  • Food and Drug Administration 
    • Commissioner - Scott Gottlieb - former deputy FDA commissioner during the George W. Bush administration.  He is managing director of T.R. Winston & Co., a privately held merchant bank based in Los Angeles that focuses on health care, energy and consumer technology, and a member of the product investment board of GlaxoSmithKline.
      • Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, Legislation and Analysis – Anna Abram - Anna Abram plays a critical role in overseeing the development and implementation of key policy initiatives and provides strategic policy direction to advance FDA’s mission and vision of protecting and promoting public health.  Prior to being appointed to this senior leadership position at the FDA, Ms. Abram served in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Ms. Abram is a respected FDA policy thought leader with more than thirteen years of health care policy experience, including more than a decade of working on health care policy in the United States Senate. She served as the long-time Health Policy Director and Senior Advisor to Senator Richard Burr at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. In this role, she was actively involved in a range of health care issues under both the Senate HELP and Finance Committees. Her tenure at the Senate HELP Committee was particularly distinguished by her contributions to advancing bipartisan FDA and medical and public health preparedness and response legislation, including securing multiple patient-centered drug and device provisions in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act and 21st Century Cures laws.  Over the years, Ms. Abram has played key roles in advancing legislation to support innovation on behalf of patients and strengthen our nation’s public health. She spearheaded the bipartisan negotiation and enactment of the most significant security enhancements to our nation’s pharmaceutical supply chain in the past 25 years through the Drug Quality and Security Act. She also was instrumental in strengthening our nation’s medical countermeasure work and medical and public health preparedness and response programs through the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013.  Ms. Abram was previously appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as an Associate Director at the Domestic Policy Council at The White House. In this role, Ms. Abram coordinated the development and implementation of a range of health care policy issues, including food, drug and public health policy. She coordinated the White House-led, interagency policy process to reauthorize the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2008.
      • Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine - Stephen Ostroff, M.D., assumed this position in May 2016. In that role, he oversees the food and animal health activities of FDA, including FDA's responsibilities in the areas of food safety and nutrition, food labeling, food and color additives, cosmetics, dietary supplements, animal drugs and animal feed, and research to support the food and veterinary medicine mission of FDA.  Dr. Ostroff has also served as the acting FDA Commissioner on two occasions, from April 2015 to late February 2016 and again from January to May 2017.  Dr. Ostroff served as the FDA's Chief Scientist starting in February 2014. The Office of the Chief Scientist works closely with FDA's product centers, providing strategic leadership and support for FDA's regulatory science and innovation initiatives. Dr. Ostroff joined FDA in 2013 as Chief Medical Officer in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and Senior Public Health Advisor to FDA's Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At CDC Dr. Ostroff focused on emerging infectious diseases, food safety, and coordination of complex outbreak response. He retired from the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service at the rank of Rear Admiral (Assistant Surgeon General). Dr. Ostroff was also the Director of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Acting Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has consulted internationally on public health projects in South Asia and Latin America.
      • Principal Deputy Commissioner - Dr. Rachel Sherman - Dr. Sherman provides leadership, management and policy direction in planning and implementing major crosscutting medical product or policy initiatives and special programs that are clinical, scientific or regulatory in nature. Her areas of focus include establishing the Oncology Center for Excellence and the combination policy council as well as oversight for the EvGen initiative, the Good Clinical Practice program, Pediatric Therapeutics, and modernization of Advisory Committee practices.  She brings more than 25 years of dedication to the public health. Areas of focus include medical product development, communication of medication information, and clinical care. During her previous tenure at FDA (1989 to 2014), she served in a variety of roles, ranging from primary FDA medical reviewer during the AIDS crisis to member of the Executive Leadership Team in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).  From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Sherman served as CDER's Associate Center Director for Medical Policy and directed CDER's Office of Medical Policy. She established and led a large, multidisciplinary staff charged with developing and implementing high-priority policies and programs, including the Sentinel initiative; FDA’s program for regulating biosimilars; and the Agency’s expedited drug development and breakthrough therapy designation programs. She organized multi-stakeholder public private partnerships; oversaw development of regulations and guidance for industry; and played a key role in enhancing clinical trial quality and good clinical practice. Her achievements contributed directly to more effective prescription drug promotion and to the modernization of professional drug labeling, generic drug labeling, and medication information for patients.
  • National Institutes of Health – Director - Dr. Francis Collins -  Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH from 1993-2008. Before coming to NIH, Dr. Collins was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of Michigan. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, and received the National Medal of Science in 2009. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH from 1993-2008, and has served as NIH Director since 2009.

Secretary of Homeland Security – Gen. John Kelly, USMC - United States Southern Command(Resigned July 28, 2017 to become White House Chief of Staff)

  • Deputy Secretary - Elaine C. Duke - More than 28 years of experience with the federal government including service as the Department of Homeland Security's Under Secretary for Management.
  • Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security - David J. Glawe - Glawe is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, currently serving as the Assistant Commissioner at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Intelligence.  Recently, Mr. Glawe served as acting Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department.  He has more than 24 years of national security and law enforcement experience, including service as Deputy National Intelligence Manager for Threat Finance and Transnational Organized Crime at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as a Counterterrorism Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and as a Federal Agent with the United States Postal Inspection Service.  Mr. Glawe began his career as a police officer with the Houston Police Department.   Mr. Glawe received the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal for his contributions to the U.S. Intelligence Community and his meritorious actions to the betterment of national security.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa and is a graduate of the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
  • Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection - Christopher Krebs - Mr. Krebs has extensive experience in critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity risk management.  He most recently served as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Homeland Security, where he advised the Secretary on a range of cybersecurity, infrastructure protection, and resilience issues.  Prior to his work at the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Krebs was Director for Cybersecurity Policy for the Microsoft Corporation in the Washington, D.C. office, where he managed Microsoft’s U.S. policy work on cybersecurity and encryption issues.  Before Microsoft, Mr. Krebs advised private sector, and Federal, State, and local government customers on range of cybersecurity and risk management issues.  From 2007 to 2009, he served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, playing a formative role in a number of national and international risk management programs.
  • Under Secretary for Management - Claire M. Grady - Ms. Grady assumed the position of the Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy in June 2015. She serves as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and the Defense Acquisition Board on acquisition and procurement strategies for all major weapon systems programs and major automated information systems programs. She also leads policy for Department of Defense services acquisition.  From February 2013 through May 2015, she was the Coast Guard’s Deputy Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Director of Acquisition Services. Ms. Grady served as the Coast Guard’s Head of the Contracting Activity from 2007-2013.  Ms. Grady previously served as the director of strategic initiatives in the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer for the Department of Homeland Security.  She holds Level III acquisition professional certifications in contracting and program management. In 2010, Ms. Grady was recognized with the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive.
  • Acting Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security - Rear Admiral Robert P. Hayes - Rear Admiral Hayes is a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and currently serves as the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Intelligence
  • Assistant Secretary, Transportation Security Administration - David P. Pekoskev - Mr. Pekoske has extensive operational and command experience through a distinguished career with the U. S. Coast Guard, where he retired as the Vice Commandant. In this key leadership position within the Department of Homeland Security he was the Coast Guard’s second-in-command and chief operating officer. Before that, he was Commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Forces West. Throughout his career, he worked closely with the men and women in Federal, State, and local law enforcement and public safety organizations to protect the American people. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, he has been an executive in the government services industry leading business units that provided homeland security and intelligence related services. Additionally, he has been a member of the adjunct faculty at American University and been active in many organizations that advance military, veterans, and national security issues.
  • Acting Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Director of ICE) - Thomas D. Homan - Mr. Homan is currently the Executive Associate Director (EAD) for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • Chief Information Officer - John Zangardi -  Dr. Zangardi has extensive experience in information technology and security.  Most recently, Dr. Zangardi served as the Acting Chief Information Officer at the Department of Defense. He previously served as the Principal Deputy Department of Defense Chief Information Officer.  His career also includes experience in acquisition, policy, legislative affairs, resourcing, and operations.  Dr. Zangardi is a retired Naval Flight Officer and served in a variety of command and staff assignments.  Since his retirement from the Navy, he has held several senior executive positions at the Department of the Navy, including as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations, and Space and as the Department of Navy Chief Information Officer.
  • Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency - Brock Long -  Mr. Long has more than 16 years of experience assisting and supporting local, state, and federal governments with building robust emergency management and public health preparedness programs. Since 2011, he has worked as Executive Vice President at Hagerty Consulting, where he provides strategic direction and leadership to the firm’s full complement of emergency management programs and professionals. Mr. Long has served as Project Executive for more than 50 projects in all parts of the United States, ranging from complex attack scenario exercises to designing multi-jurisdictional, all-hazard evacuation plans for major Urban Area Security Initiative designated jurisdictions. From 2008-2011, Mr. Long served as Director of Alabama’s Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) under Governor Bob Riley. As Director, he served as the State Coordinating Officer for 14 disasters, including eight presidentially-declared events. Mr. Long also served as an on-scene State Incident Commander for the Alabama Unified Command during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Prior to his position as Director at AEMA, Mr. Long was a FEMA Regional Hurricane Program Manager, FEMA Hurricane and Evacuation Liaison Team Leader, and statewide school safety coordinator for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. His areas of expertise include strategic emergency operations planning, exercise, evacuation, school safety, recovery management, and response logistics.
    • Deputy Administrator, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency - Daniel Alan Craig - Craig was most recently a senior Vice President at the disaster preparedness and recovery consulting firm, Adjusters International, Inc. In this capacity, he oversaw firm sales, business development, marketing, and relationships with clients. Before this position, Mr. Craig was the CEO and President of Tidal Basin Holdings, a company he founded in the emergency management industry. Mr. Craig previously served as the Director of Recovery for FEMA. He managed the Agency’s recovery services and funds given to individual victims and the public sector for damages from more than 120 Presidentially-declared disasters, emergencies, and fires, including September 11th, the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion, the Cerro Grande Fire in Los Alamos, and the Florida Hurricanes of 2004. (Withdrew September 15, 2017)
    • Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency - Daniel J. Kaniewski - Dr. Kaniewski was most recently Vice President for Global Resilience at AIR Worldwide, a catastrophe risk modeling and consulting services firm, and a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. Previously, Dr. Kaniewski served as the Mission Area Director for Resilience and Emergency Preparedness/Response at the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute. He was also an adjunct assistant professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he taught graduate courses in the Security Studies Program. Before these positions, Dr. Kaniewski served on the White House staff, first as Director of Response and Recovery Policy and later as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Response Policy. Dr. Kaniewski began his career in homeland security as a firefighter and paramedic.
    • Assistant Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Administration, Grant Programs - Thomas DiNanno - Mr. Dinanno is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of management and consulting experience in both government and the private sector. He has successfully worked at the highest levels of Federal government in developing security and counterterrorism programs. Mr. Dinanno has served as a consultant to major chemical and petrochemical companies and security system and technology providers, including more than a dozen Tier 1 CFATS sites. From June 2004 to March 2007, Mr. Dinanno served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security, where he was responsible for DHS initiatives to identify and protect the Nation’s physical and information infrastructure. Previously Mr. Dinanno served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Department of Homeland Security, and in the White House Office of Homeland Security as Director of Corporate Relations from November 2001 to March 2003.
  • Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs - Benjamin Cassidy -  Mr. Cassidy serves as Special Counsel to the Secretary of Homeland Security in the Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs. Before joining the Department, he was a senior executive at The Boeing Company, leading international business development and government relations assignments in the defense sector. While at Boeing during the Bush Administration, Mr. Cassidy worked extensively to advance strategic missile defense relationships with international industry partners in support of U.S. Government policy. He has also served as the Defense and Foreign Policy Legislative Assistant for Senator John Warner of Virginia. Before his Senate work, Mr. Cassidy served in a variety of Marine Corps command and staff assignments, including representing the Commandant of the Marine Corps as the Marine Corps’ Liaison to the Senate.
  • Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs - Jonathan Rath Hoffman -  For almost a decade, Mr. Hoffman has advised non-profits, businesses, and political candidates on public affairs and government relations strategies. He recently served as the South Carolina Executive Director for the national security non-profit Americans for Peace, Prosperity, and Security.  Mr. Hoffman previously served at the Department of Homeland Security as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Programs.  Before that, he was the Director of International Programs and Border Security Policy at the White House Homeland Security Council.  He also served in a variety of roles at the Department of State, Customs and Border Protection and in the office of the Secretary of Homeland Security.  Mr. Hoffman has taught homeland security and domestic terrorism as an adjunct professor at the Citadel.  He has also taught law school courses on military justice and immigration law.
  • Chief Informations Officer - Richard Staropoli - Mr. Staropoli most recently served as Managing Director, Counter-Party Risk/Chief Information Security Officer at Fortress Investment Group, a New York-based international hedge fund with approximately $80 billion in assets under management. In this role, he established a formalized program for conducting investigative due-diligence across the firm as it relates to Credit, Real Estate, Private Equity and Liquid Markets deals relying on traditional and non-traditional investigative and intelligence gathering approaches. Mr. Staropoli served as a Special Agent within the United States Secret Service (USSS) for 25 years. His tenure included service within the Presidential Protective Division, as Operator/Team Leader assigned to the USSS’s hostage rescue unit, the Counter Assault Team, and as the Chief of Polygraph Operations. In recognition of his service, he has received awards from the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Homeland Security and the New York City Police Department. He also received a commendation from President George W. Bush for his actions in the White House on September 11, 2001.
  • General Counsel - John Marshall Mitnick - Mr. Mitnick currently serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.  After arriving there in 2014, he organized the first Office of General Counsel and reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer while leading the Foundation’s legal, compliance, and corporate secretary functions.  Before arriving at Heritage, Mr. Mitnick served as Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Raytheon Technical Services Company in Dulles, Virginia. There, he led the legal, compliance, corporate governance, ethics, and environmental, health, and safety functions.  He also previously served in the White House as Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007 and Deputy Counsel of the Homeland Security Council from 2004 to 2005. Mr. Mitnick’s previous experience at DHS includes serving in the Transition Planning Office (2002-2003) and then as Associate General Counsel for Science and Technology until 2004.
  • Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services - Lee Francis Cissna - Mr. Cissna is currently a Director of Immigration Policy in the Office of Policy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  In this capacity, he develops and coordinates Departmental policy, with particular emphasis on temporary worker, immigrant, and other immigration benefits programs.  Before serving in his current position, Mr. Cissna served in the Office of the Chief Counsel at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.  Prior to that he was an attorney in private practice in the immigration group of the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles in Richmond, Virginia.  Mr. Cissna has also served in the U.S. Department of State as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer stationed in Port au Prince, Haiti and Stockholm, Sweden.  Prior to that he was an attorney in the international trade practice group at the law firms of Steptoe & Johnson LLP and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP.
  • Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties - Cameron Quinn - Ms. Quinn previously served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture; as a senior policy advisor in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; as counsel to the Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board; and as an assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Ms. Quinn has also served on the Virginia State advisory committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  Ms. Quinn has served as Virginia’s chief State election official, the United States elections advisor for International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and more recently in the Federal Voting Assistance Program at the U.S. Department of Defense.  Ms. Quinn has taught election law for more than a decade at George Mason University’s Scalia Law School.  In addition to Ms. Quinn’s civil rights, employment, and elections experience, she spent several years in private practice at Winston & Strawn in Washington, DC.
  • Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Kevin K. McAleenan - Mr. McAleenan has served as the Deputy Commissioner since 2014 and currently functions as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer and senior career official.  Under Mr. McAleenan’s leadership, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has developed strategies that protect the Nation’s borders from terrorism, and attack transnational criminal networks, while ensuring the flow of legal commerce and travel.  Mr. McAleenan previously held several leadership positions at CBP—including launching its Office of Antiterrorism—and one of its legacy agencies.  In 2015, Mr. McAleenan received a Presidential Rank Award, which is the Nation’s highest civil service award.
  • Domestic Nuclear Detection, Director - James McDonnell - Mr. McDonnell has extensive experience directing and overseeing physical asset protection, nuclear counterterrorism operations, cybersecurity programs, and government-private sector partnerships.  Over his career, he has provided expert advice to the Department of Homeland Security on weapons of mass destruction programs and supplied large firms and government agencies terrorism-related risk management, crisis management, emergency response, and infrastructure protection solutions.  Mr. McDonnell most recently served as the CEO of I’m Safe Apps, LLC, a technology start-up he co-founded that delivers smartphone and Internet-based technologies.  Before that, he was Chairman and CEO of Trinity Applied Strategies Corporation, a security management consulting firm.  Mr. McDonnell served 20 years in the U.S. Navy and was the Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer in the U.S. Special Operations Command.
  • United States Secret Service, Director - Randolph D. ”Tex” Alles -. Mr. Alles currently serves as the Acting Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  Prior to that, Mr. Alles led CBP’s Air and Marine Operations. Mr. Alles served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 35 years, retiring in 2011 as a Major General.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development - Dr. Ben Carson - For nearly 30 years, Secretary Carson served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a position he assumed when he was just 33 years old, becoming the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history.   In 1987, he successfully performed the first separation of craniopagus twins conjoined at the back of the head.  He also performed the first fully successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa. Dr. Carson received dozens of honors and awards in recognition of his achievements including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He is also a recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Dr. Carson authored nine books, four of which he co-wrote with his wife Candy.  The U.S. News Media Group and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership named him among “America’s Best Leaders” in 2008.   Dr. Carson and his wife co-founded the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments.  The Fund is currently operating in 50 states and the District of Columbia, and has recognized more than 7,300 scholars, awarded more than $7.3 million in scholarships, and installed more than 150 Ben Carson Reading Rooms around the country. 

Chief of Staff – Sheila Greenwood – Ms. Greenwood was an assistant secretary at the agency under President George W. Bush. Greenwood, a consultant, is a former lobbyist for Prudential Financial Inc.

Deputy Chief of Staff – Deana Bass - former Carson press secretary.

  • Deputy Secretary - Pamela Hughes Patenaude – Ms. Patenaude currently serves as the president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, previously served as the director of housing policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and served as the Department of Housing and Urban Development assistant secretary for community, planning and development under President George W. Bush.
  • Assistant Secretary, Administration - Suzanne Israel Tufts - Ms. Tufts is a consultant and attorney with extensive experience in turnaround management and operations in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Ms. Tufts is the founder of her own consulting firm, which focuses on providing services for tax-exempt organizations and emerging companies. She is a nationally recognized expert in the field of inner city social programming in the areas of microenterprise, education and women’s issues and has been responsible for programs in housing authorities in New York. Ms. Tufts previously worked as President and CEO of the American Woman's Economic Development Corporation, the nation’s first women’s entrepreneurship training center. Under her leadership, AWED created emergency small business crisis services within 72 hours of the 9/11 attacks, work for which she was recognized by President George W. Bush and then- Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.
  • Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development - Neal J. Rackleff - Mr. Rackleff is a partner at Locke Lord, a nationally recognized law firm, where he focuses his practice on community and economic development, affordable housing, and inner-city revitalization.  He previously served as Director of the City of Houston's Housing and Community Development Department.  During his Houston tenure, the Department financed production of 7,800 high-quality affordable multifamily housing units (with another 2,700 in progress) and assisted 1,700 single-family homeowners with reconstruction of hurricane damaged homes, financial assistance to low-income homebuyers and emergency home repairs to ameliorate health and safety issues.  Additionally, during this period, Houston became the first major city to effectively end homelessness of veterans while chronic homelessness declined more than 70%.  Key revitalization projects led by Mr. Rackleff include developing a grocery store in a food desert and the historic preservation and conversion of a blighted office building into the new JW Marriott Houston Downtown hotel.
  • Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity - Anna Maria Farias - Ms. Farias is the Chair of the Board of Regents at Texas Woman’s University. She has also served on the Board of the One Star Foundation in Austin Texas since 2011. Previously, she was at the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2001-2008 as Senior Counsel to former Secretary Martinez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Initiatives, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs (CDBG) and Director for the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. From 1992-1993, Farias was a Member of the Wage Appeals Board and Board of Service Contract Appeals at the Department of Labor. Earlier in her career she worked under Secretary of Education William J Bennett from 1985-1988. From 1980-1985, Farias was an Attorney, Office of General Counsel, Merit Systems Protection Board. And from 1989-1992, she was Counsel to a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. Ms. Farias grew up in the Crystal City Housing Projects, and from 1993-2000 returned home as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority and became one of the first Executive Directors in the country that agreed to live in the housing developments during her tenure. Under her leadership the Housing Authority received over a dozen awards from the National Association of Redevelopment and Housing Officials (NARHO), including several Section 3 for putting housing residents to work in different construction programs. In recognition of her leadership, Ms. Farias was inducted into the Texas Woman’s Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • Assistant Secretary, Federal Housing Commissioner - Brian D. Montgomery - Montgomery is currently Vice Chairman of The Collingwood Group, an advisory firm focused on business consulting, risk management, and compliance within the financial services industry. Previously he served as Assistant Secretary of Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner. He also served as Acting Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in January 2009. Earlier he served as Deputy Assistant to the President, and from 2003-2005, he directed the Office of Cabinet Affairs, serving as a liaison between President Bush and his Cabinet, and all Federal agencies in the Executive Branch. Under his leadership as FHA Commissioner, FHA successfully spearheaded legislative efforts to preserve the Nation’s affordable rental housing stock by maintaining the long-term physical and financial integrity of properties, while reducing rental assistance costs and the cost of FHA insurance claims. FHA provided access to affordable financing to preserve, refinance, or develop more than 300,000 rental units, a portion through risk-sharing agreements with State and local housing finance agencies. He assisted in HUD’s recovery and rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and chaired HUD headquarters’ Hurricane Recovery and Response Center.
  • Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs - Amy Cantu Thompson -. Amy C. Thompson of Texas will serve as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ms. Thompson currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at HUD, and previously served the Department during the George W. Bush Administration as Deputy Press Secretary. In addition to her public service, Ms. Thompson possesses more than a decade of private-sector experience in strategic communications planning and crisis management for leaders in manufacturing, retail, and finance. As Director of Communications for the Community Financial Services Association, she led a variety of communications initiatives affecting State and Federal policies for consumer lending. Prior to that position, she managed public relations campaigns and executive speechwriting for Target Corporation in Minneapolis. Ms. Thompson also served as a counselor and advisor to Fortune 500 Companies at Levick Strategic Communications, where she specialized in issues regarding government regulation and corporate reputation.
  • Assistant Secretary, Public and Indian Housing - Robert Hunter Kurtz - Mr. Kurtz is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the Office of the Secretary. Mr. Kurtz has extensive experience in housing policy, dating back to the George W. Bush Administration, and has since implemented housing programs at both the local and Federal levels.
  • Assistant Secretary - Leonard Wolfson - Mr. Wolfson has served as Associate Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Mortgage Bankers Association, where he helped the real estate finance industry recover from the financial crisis by advocating for a return to safe and sustainable lending. He previously served at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, during the George W. Bush administration. During that time, he led HUD’s successful legislative efforts to modernize the Federal Housing Administration as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. Mr. Wolfson’s career began in 1996 on the staff of his hometown congressional representative, Christopher Shays.
  • Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement - Steven Gardner - Mr. Gardner is President and CEO of ECSI, LLC, a consulting firm where he has focused on natural resources, mining, reclamation, energy, environmental, and health and safety issues.  In 2011, he was inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Distinction.  As a licensed professional engineer, Mr. Gardner has worked on projects throughout the United States and internationally.  He was the 2015 President of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).  He has served on the UK Mining Engineering Foundation, Kentucky Geological Survey, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering Advisory Boards, and was a member of the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.
  • General Counsel - J. Paul Compton Jr. - Mr. Compton is a partner in the law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP (formerly Bradley, Arant, Rose & White) in its Birmingham, Alabama office and serves as Chairman of its Finance Committee. He joined the firm in 1989 upon his graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since that time he has been involved in advising clients regarding consumer lending and regarding loans and investments by banks and other financial institutions in affordable housing and community development projects. He is also outside General Counsel to the Alabama Affordable Housing Association and a member, and former state chairman, of the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development. He is a 1985 graduate, summa cum laude, of the University of Alabama, where he was named the College of Commerce’s Outstanding Student in 1985. He also attended the London School of Economics and Political Science as an undergraduate.

Secretary of Interior – Cong. Ryan Zinke (Montana)

  • Deputy Secretary - David Bernhardt - From 2001 and 2009, he held several positions within the Department of the Interior, including serving as Solicitor. Previously he served then-Secretary Norton as a deputy solicitor, deputy chief of staff and counselor to the Secretary, and as director of congressional and legislative affairs and counselor to the Secretary. Currently, Bernhardt chairs the natural resource law practice at Brownstein, Hyatt Farber and Schreck, LLP.
  • Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs - Tara Sweeney - Ms. Sweeney is the executive vice president of external affairs for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), the largest locally owned and operated business in Alaska, owned by approximately 13,000 Iñupiat Eskimo members and 12,000 employees worldwide.  Ms. Sweeney grew up in rural Alaska and has spent a lifetime advocating for responsible Indian energy policy, rural connectivity, Arctic growth, and Native American self-determination.  Ms. Sweeney served as chair of the Arctic Economic Council from 2015-2017.  In 2013, Ms. Sweeney served as the co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives, and 2003, Ms. Sweeney served as special assistant for rural affairs and education in Governor Frank Murkowski’s administration.  Honored in 2008 as a “Top Forty Under 40″ business leader, Ms. Sweeney was also inducted into the Anchorage ATHENA Society in 2017.  A graduate of Cornell University, Ms. Sweeney currently lives in Anchorage with her family.  Ms. Sweeney is tribal member of the Native Village of Barrow and the Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope.
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs - John Tahsuda III, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, as DOI’s (PDAS). The PDAS serves as the first assistant and principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs in the development and interpretation of policies affecting Indian Affairs bureaus, offices and programs.   Tahsuda joined the Department from Washington, D.C.-based Navigators Global, LLC, where he was a principal. Navigators Global is a company that specializes in and offers a wide range of political services to multiple industry sectors, including financial services, insurance, energy, health care, defense, emergency management, American Indian tribal affairs, and high tech/telecommunications.
  • Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Bryan Rice, a veteran federal administrator and citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He recently led Interior’s Office of Wildland Fire, and has broad experience leading Forestry, Wildland Fire, and Tribal programs across Interior, BIA, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His federal government career has spanned nearly 20 years, beginning with service on the Helena Interagency Hotshot Crew for the  U.S. Forest Service in Montana. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, working in both community forestry and rural development and supervised numerous timber operations as a timber sale officer on the Yakama Reservation as well as a forester on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Rice also served in leadership capacities internationally in Tanzania, Mexico, Brazil and Australia for both Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. Rice has served in two Senior Executive Service natural resources management leadership positions, including as Deputy Director for the BIA Office of Trust Services from 2011 to 2014, and as Director of Forest Management in the U.S. Forest Service from 2014 to 2016.
  • Assistant Secretary, Land and Mineral Management - Joseph Balash - Mr. Balash currently serves as the Chief of Staff to Senator Dan Sullivan. He is the former Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, which has management responsibility for one of the largest single portfolios of land and water resources in the world. Previously he served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources from 2010 to 2013. From 2006 to 2010, he advised two governors on natural resource policy, permitting, and energy. Prior to that, from 1998 to 2006, he served in a variety of legislative staff positions, including Chief of Staff to the President of the Alaskan Senate. He is married with two children.
  • Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget - Susan Combs -  Ms. Combs has an extensive career in elected public office and in the private sector as a small business owner running a ranch in the Big Bend area of Texas.  She served in the Texas Legislature, writing and passing the State’s private property legislation, and working to ensure greater transparency in government spending.  She was also elected to two Texas statewide offices: as the State’s first woman Agriculture Commissioner; and then as the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer.  Ms. Combs spent 16 years in statewide elected leadership.
  • Assistant Secretary, Water and Science - Timothy R. Petty - Dr. Petty serves as Deputy Legislative Director and Legislative Assistant on issues of water, natural resources, environment, science, technology and telecommunications and space for U.S. Senator James E. Risch of Idaho, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Previously, Dr. Petty served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water & Science at DOI under President George W. Bush. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks; an M.S. from University of Maryland University College; and a B.S. from Purdue University (Indiana). Prior to his current Senate service, Dr. Petty worked for U.S. Senators Connie Mack of Florida and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Petty worked in California and Indiana as a geologist and hydrogeologist.
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management - Katharine MacGregor - She will advise the Assistant Secretary and Secretary on energy development and public land use. Before joining the Department, MacGregor was a senior staff member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Natural Resources Committee. Prior to that, MacGregor served as the Legislative Director for then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks - Aurelia Skipwith – Ms. Skipwith was co-founder of agricultural consulting firm AVC Global.
  • Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement - Steven Gardner - Mr. Gardner is President and CEO of ECSI, LLC, a consulting firm where he has focused on natural resources, mining, reclamation, energy, environmental, and health and safety issues.  In 2011, he was inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Distinction.  As a licensed professional engineer, Mr. Gardner has worked on projects throughout the United States and internationally.  He was the 2015 President of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).  He has served on the UK Mining Engineering Foundation, Kentucky Geological Survey, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering Advisory Boards, and was a member of the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.
  • Acting Director of the Office of Wildland Fire - Jeff Rupert - Rupert was the chief of the Division of Natural Resources for the National Wildlife Refuge System, overseeing the Fire Management, Refuge Resource and Private Lands programs. He has been an active member of the Interior Fire Executive Council for the last several years. He is a graduate of Class #18 from the Interior Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Baker University and a Master of Science degree in Biology from the University of Texas – Pan American.
  • Solicitor - Ryan Douglas Nelson - Mr. Nelson is a seasoned attorney with broad experience advising government and corporate executives in the public and private sector. Mr. Nelson has worked for all three branches of government. He served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice, where he managed the natural resource, wildlife and appellate sections of the Division, and as Deputy General Counsel for the White House Office of Management and Budget. He also served as Special Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee and as a law clerk for the Senate Legal Counsel. After graduating from BYU Law School with Honors, Mr. Nelson clerked for Judge Henderson on the D.C. Circuit and for Richard Mosk and Charles Brower on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, the Netherlands. Mr. Nelson was an associate at Sidley Austin and is currently General Counsel for Idaho-based wellness company, Melaleuca, Inc. He has argued 13 Federal court of appeals cases on complex environmental and constitutional issues. Mr. Nelson resides in his hometown of Idaho Falls, Idaho, with his wife, Barbara Baer Nelson, and their seven children.

Secretary of Labor - Andrew Puzder - CEO of CKE Restaurants; withdrew 2/15/17.

Alexander Acosta - clerked for Justice Samuel Alito when he was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. He also served on the National Labor Relations Board under President George W. Bush from 2002 to 2003, then left the NLRB to become an assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division between 2003 and 2005. He served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 2005 to 2009, when he joined FIU.  He is the current dean of Florida International University College of Law (named by the President on Feb. 16)

  • Deputy Secretary - Patrick Pizzella - Mr. Pizzella currently serves as Acting Chairman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), a position to which he was designated by President Trump on January 23, 2017. Mr. Pizzella has served as a Member of the FLRA since November 2013, after being nominated by President Barack Obama in August and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 16, 2013. Previously, he was a Principal at Patrick Pizzella, LLC, a position he held since 2009. From 2001-2009 Mr. Pizzella served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Administration and Management at the U.S. Department of Labor. He has held positions at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U. S. General Services Administration.
  • Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management - George Bryan Slater - Mr. Slater is currently serving as the Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Previous to his current appointment, Mr. Slater served as the Director of Operations and Facilities for Freedom Partners Shared Services. Throughout his career, Mr. Slater has held many leadership positions within Federal and State governments, including serving at the Department of Labor for five years.
  • Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs - Katherine Brunett McGuire - Ms. McGuire currently serves as Chief of Staff to Congressman Randy Hultgren of Illinois. She previously served as Staff Director of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee under the Chairmanship of Senator Mike Enzi. Prior to her role on the Committee, she served as Legislative Director to Senator Enzi and also Staff Director on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs’ Subcommittee on Securities and Investment. She earlier served in senior posts in the Senate with Assistant Republican Leader Alan K. Simpson and Senator Richard Lugar. Her private sector experience includes leading BSA The Software Alliance’s global public policy and government relations division as Vice President, concentrating on promoting innovation and intellectual property protection.
  • Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health - David G. Zatezalo - Prior to his retirement as Chairman of Rhino Resources GP, LLC in late 2014, he had served as President and CEO, and was previously Chief Operating Officer of Rhino as well as President of Hopedale Mining, LLC. Mr. Zatezalo began his mining career in 1974 with Consolidation Coal Company as a UMWA Laborer, became a foreman and subsequently General Superintendent for Southern Ohio Coal Company and General Manager of AEP’s Windsor Coal Company. He later rose to be Vice-President of Operations of AEP’s Appalachian Mining Operations. Mr. Zatezalo also worked in Australia for Broken Hill Proprietary, Ltd as a General Mine Manager.
  • Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health - Scott A. Mugno - Mr. Mugno is currently the Vice President for Safety, Sustainability and Vehicle Maintenance at FedEx Ground in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He was previously the Managing Director for FedEx Express Corporate Safety, Health and Fire Protection in Memphis, Tennessee.  His responsibilities in both those positions included developing, promoting and facilitating the safety and health program and culture.  Mr. Mugno was twice awarded FedEx’s highest honor, the FedEx Five Star Award, for his safety leadership at FedEx Express.  Prior to FedEx, Mr. Mugno was a Division Counsel at Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s Waste Isolation Division and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the Eastern Region U.S. Army Military Traffic Management Command.  He also held other legal positions in the U.S. Army JAG Corps at the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia and in small private–practice law firms before joining the U.S. Army JAG Corps.
  • Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management - George Bryan Slater - Slater is currently serving as the Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Previous to his current appointment, Mr. Slater served as the Director of Operations and Facilities for Freedom Partners Shared Services. Throughout his career, Mr. Slater has held many leadership positions within Federal and State governments, including serving at the Department of Labor for five years.
  • Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs - Jeffrey Y. Grappone - Mr. Grappone has worked in strategic communications with Members of Congress, political candidates, and corporate executives for 15 years. He currently serves as a senior communicator at Siemens USA’s corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he advises the United States CEO on communications strategy related to the company’s workforce development and apprenticeship programs. Mr. Grappone also leads communications and media relations initiatives for Siemens’ United States-based energy businesses. Mr. Grappone served as Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH-R) communications director and chief spokesman for four years. Previously, Mr. Grappone served as Press Secretary to Senator John E. Sununu (NH-R) and on the legislative staff of Congressman Charles Bass (NH-R).
  • Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division - Cheryl Marie Stanton - Ms. Stanton currently serves as the Executive Director for the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, a position to which she was appointed in 2013 by then-Governor Nikki R. Haley. Prior to that role, Ms. Stanton worked as a labor and employment attorney in both the public and private sectors. In the public sector, she served as Associate White House Counsel for President George W. Bush. In that role, Stanton was the administration’s principal liaison to the U.S. Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Stanton also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She received her J.D. from the Law School at the University of Chicago and her B.A. from Williams College. In 2016, then-Governor Nikki R. Haley awarded Ms. Stanton the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in the State of South Carolina.
  • Commissioner of Labor Statistics for a term of 4 years - William Beach - Mr. Beach is the Vice President for Policy Research at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  Mr. Beach previously served as the Chief Economist for the Senate Budget Committee, Republican Staff.  Prior to that position, he was the Lazof Family Fellow in Economics at the Heritage Foundation and director of the Center for Data Analysis.  Prior to joining Heritage in 1995, Mr. Beach served as a senior economist in the corporate headquarters of Sprint United, Inc., and, from 1991 to 1995, as the president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.
  • Director of the Women’s Bureau - Patricia G. Greene - Dr. Greene is a former professor of entrepreneurship and the Paul T. Babson Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College. She was the founding National Academic Director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative and is currently the global academic director to the 10,000 Women program. For 10,000 Small Businesses, she led the Babson team for the design of the educational and advising program, training for new sites, the management of the national alumni program, and the supervision of the measurement and evaluation system. Dr. Greene is a former Federal appointee to the national advisory board for the SBA’s Small Business Development Centers. She completed terms on the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Advisory Committee, the board chair of the Center for Women’s Business Research, and as co-chair of the steering committee for the Entrepreneurship Affinity Group of the AACSB. Ms. Greene is the author, co-author, or co-editor of numerous books and articles.
  • Solicitor - Kate S. O’Scannlain - Ms. O’Scannlain is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice focuses on employment and labor law, including commercial litigation on behalf of clients in federal and state court, providing regulatory advice, and counseling on mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, and private equity.

Secretary of State - Rex Tillerson - Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil

  • Deputy Secretary of State and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources - John J. Sullivan - Mr. Sullivan is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Mayer Brown LLP, and co-chair of the firm’s national security practice.  He served from 2010 to 2016 as the Chair of the United States-Iraq Business Dialogue, a governmental advisory committee on United States economic relations with Iraq.  In addition to his decades of experience in private practice, Mr. Sullivan has held senior positions at the Justice, Defense, and Commerce Departments.  He served until 2009 as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce, following his service from 2005 to 2007 as General Counsel.  Previously, he was Deputy General Counsel of the Defense Department, and served as Counselor to Assistant Attorney General J. Michael Luttig at the Justice Department.  Mr. Sullivan was a law clerk for Associate Justice David H. Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States, and for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Under Secretary of State for Management - Eric Ueland - Ueland has been the Republican Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee since 2013. Previously, he was vice president of The Duberstein Group, Inc., from 2007 to 2013. He has served in senior positions in the U.S. Senate since 1996, including chief of staff posts for the Republican Senate Majority Leader and the Assistant Majority Leader. Mr. Ueland has conducted strategic planning and execution on behalf of Senators, budget formulation and execution, administration of human resources, and execution of policy and politics in both the public and private sector.
  • Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy - Irwin Steven Goldstein - Mr. Goldstein has been a Senior Vice President at BP Global Solutions, a consulting firm in New York City, since 2012. His recent work includes serving as a senior advisor to Winning Algorithms, a data science start-up. In his four-decade career, Mr. Goldstein has led communications, branding, and social media efforts at several large private sector companies, including as senior vice president and chief communications officer at AllianceBernstein; executive vice president and chief communications officer at TIAA-CREF; and vice president, corporate communications at Dow Jones & Company. In the public sector, he was Assistant to the Secretary and Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior and served five members of the U.S. House of Representatives, primarily as Chief of Staff or Press Secretary.
  • Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs - Carl C. Risch - Carl C. Risch is the Acting Chief of Staff in the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. He was previously the Field Office Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, at the American Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. He is a highly regarded Pennsylvania attorney. A senior immigration official abroad and in Washington, D.C. for over a decade, and a former Foreign Service Officer (Consular) with the Department of State, Mr. Risch is expert in the responsibilities and challenges of managing Consular Affairs worldwide.
  • Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security - Michael T. Evanoff -  Mr. Evanoff is the Vice President for Asset Protection & Security at International Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Arkansas, a position he has held since 2014.  Previously he served as Chief Security Officer at Coca-Cola in Zug, Switzerland and Athens, Greece and as Global Director of Security at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group in New York.  He served as a special agent in the Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security from 1985 to 2011, holding senior posts with Overseas Security Advisory Council, NATO Office of Security, Secretary of State Protection Detail, and eight U.S. Missions overseas.  He was also diplomatic security liaison officer to the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Assistant Secretary of State, European and Eurasian Affairs - A. Wess Mitchell - Mitchell is an expert on NATO and transatlantic relations. In 2005 he co-founded the Center for European Policy Analysis and has served as its President and CEO since 2009. He serves on numerous policy boards in the United States and Europe. He speaks German and has studied Dutch and Czech.
  • Assistant Secretary of State, International Security and Non-Proliferation - Christopher Ashley Ford - Dr. Ford currently serves as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Counterproliferation at the National Security Council.  Dr. Ford served on several different committees in the U.S. Senate, served as a State Department official, and worked as a senior fellow at Hudson Institute.  Dr. Ford is the author of three books – China Looks at the West: Identity, Global Ambitions, and the Future of Sino-American Relations (2015), The Mind of Empire: China’s History and Modern Foreign Relations (2010), and The Admirals’ Advantage: U.S. Navy Operational Intelligence in World War II and the Cold War (2005) – and scores of articles and monographs.  He also served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, receiving an Honorable Discharge at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
  • Assistant Secretary of State, Legislative Affairs - Mary Kirtley Waters -  Since early 2017, Ms. Waters has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs at the State Department.  Ms. Waters was a cabinet confirmation team leader for the Presidential Transition Team.  Previously, she served as President of the North American Millers’ Association, Vice President for Corporate Relations with the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, and Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations at the Department of Agriculture.  She spent 15 years as Senior Director and Legislative Counsel in the Washington office of ConAgra Foods.
  • Assistant Secretary of State, Verification and Compliance - Yleem D. S. Poblete - Dr. Poblete is currently a senior advisor at the Department of State. She has also served more than two decades on the staff of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives, including as its chief of staff and staff director – the first Hispanic female to serve in that post. Dr. Poblete is broadly knowledgeable regarding proliferation matters, the International Atomic Energy Agency, nuclear agreements, sanctions and export controls, security assistance and arms sales. During her service on the Foreign Affairs Committee, she was the principal staff member on initiatives to address threats posed by Iran, North Korea, and Syria. She has been a frequent guest lecturer at the National Intelligence University. She has also been the co-owner of Poblete Analysis Group, a fellow at The Catholic University of America, and a foreign policy analyst for United States Government projects at the Hudson Institute.
  • Legal Adviser - Jennifer Gillian Newstead - Newstead is a partner in the law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP, where she has a global practice representing clients in cross-border regulatory, enforcement and litigation matters. Ms. Newstead previously served in several senior government positions, including as General Counsel of the Office of Management and Budget, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy, and Associate Counsel to the President. Ms. Newstead previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C and earlier in her career clerked for Justice Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
  • Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank and status of Ambassador at Large - Nathan Alexander Sales - Mr. Sales is an Associate Professor at Syracuse University College of Law, where he teaches and writes in the fields of national security and counterterrorism. He is also of counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. A native of Canton, Ohio, Professor Sales received his B.A. from Miami University and his J.D. from Duke Law School. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security and as Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice.
  • Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs - Manisha Singh - Singh is Chief Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan. She is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs and has served as a senior aide to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ms. Singh’s private sector experience includes practicing law at multinational law firms and working in-house at an investment bank. She earned an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from the American University Washington College of Law, a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Miami at the age of 19. In addition, she studied at the University of Leiden Law School in the Netherlands. She is licensed to practice law in Florida, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia and speaks fluent Hindi.
  • Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs - A. Wess Mitchell - Mr. Mitchell is an expert on NATO and transatlantic relations. In 2005 he co-founded the Center for European Policy Analysis and has served as its President and CEO since 2009. He serves on numerous policy boards in the United States and Europe. He speaks German and has studied Dutch and Czech.
  • Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs - Mary Kirtley Waters -  Since early 2017, Ms. Waters has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs at the State Department.  Ms. Waters was a cabinet confirmation team leader for the Presidential Transition Team.  Previously, she served as President of the North American Millers’ Association, Vice President for Corporate Relations with the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, and Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations at the Department of Agriculture.  She spent 15 years as Senior Director and Legislative Counsel in the Washington office of ConAgra Foods.
  • Legal Adviser - Jennifer Gillian Newstead - Ms. Newstead is a partner in the law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP, where she has a global practice representing clients in cross-border regulatory, enforcement and litigation matters. Ms. Newstead previously served in several senior government positions, including as General Counsel of the Office of Management and Budget, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy, and Associate Counsel to the President. Ms. Newstead previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C and earlier in her career clerked for Justice Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
  • Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank and status of Ambassador at Large - Nathan Alexander Sales - Mr. Sales is an Associate Professor at Syracuse University College of Law, where he teaches and writes in the fields of national security and counterterrorism. He is also of counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. A native of Canton, Ohio, Professor Sales received his B.A. from Miami University and his J.D. from Duke Law School. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security and as Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice.
  • Director General of the Foreign Service - Stephen Akard - Mr. Akard has served as a senior advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, U.S. Department of State since January, 2017. Previously, he was chief of staff, vice president and general counsel, and director of international development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation from 2005 -2017. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Akard was an officer in the foreign service at the Department of State, with assignments in India, Belgium, and as a special assistant in the Executive Secretariat. He earned his B.A., M.B.A., and J.D. degrees from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis(IUPUI). While at the State Department, Mr. Akard received two Meritorious Honor awards. He also received a distinguished alumni award from IUPUI in 2000.
  • Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom - Samuel Dale Brownback - Mr. Brownback has been Governor of Kansas since 2011. Previously, he served as a U.S. Senator (1996-2011) and a U.S. Representative in the House of Representatives (1995-1996) from Kansas. While a member of the Senate, he worked actively on the issue of religious freedom in multiple countries and was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. He also served as Kansas Secretary of Agriculture (1986-1993) and was a White House Fellow in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (1990-1991). Mr. Brownback was a private attorney in Kansas and taught agricultural law at Kansas State University. He co-authored two books on the subject. He and his wife Mary have five children.

Secretary of Transportation - Elaine Chao - Distinguished Fellow at Hudson Institute, former Secretary of Labor

  • Deputy Secretary for Department of Transportation - Jeffrey A. Rosen - Senior Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP with whom he has been associated for nearly 30 years with the exception of two distinguished appointments.  From 2006 through 2009, Mr. Rosen was appointed as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of Management and Budget and from 2003 through 2006, he served as General Counsel at the Department of Transportation. At Kirkland & Ellis, Mr. Rosen’s practice has principally involved complex business litigation and regulatory matters involving contracts, antitrust, securities, RICO, business torts, enforcement actions and product liability, including class actions. He has been engaged in litigation before federal and state courts in more than 20 states, including jury trials, bench evidentiary hearings, arbitrations and appellate arguments.  Mr. Rosen returns to the Department of Transportation with extensive experience, having previously served as the Department’s Chief Legal Officer where he oversaw the activities of more than 400 lawyers. In that role, for which he was confirmed unanimously by the Senate, Mr. Rosen had responsibility for the Department’s regulatory program, enforcement and litigation activities, legal issues relating to international activities involving transportation, coordination and clearance of legislative matters, and advised the Secretary of Transportation on a wide range of topics.
  • Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy - Derek Kan -  Mr. Kan is the General Manager for Lyft in Southern California.  He has also served on the Board of Amtrak since 2015, for which he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.  Previously, he was Director of Strategy at a startup in Silicon Valley and also worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company.  Earlier in his career, he was a policy advisor to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and chief economist for the Senate Republican Policy Committee.  Before becoming a Hill staffer, Mr. Kan served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
  • Assistant Secretary for Government Affairs - Adam J. Sullivan - Mr. Sullivan’s career in public service has spanned both chambers of Congress and the executive branch.  He is currently a Professional Staff Member at the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. He has served on two separate occasions as a Chief of Staff for Members of the United States House of Representatives, and in other senior legislative roles focusing on a wide range of policy and appropriations-related issues.  He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Congressional Affairs during the George W. Bush Administration and worked on national security-related programs at Harris Corporation.
  • Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology - Diana Furchtgott-Roth - Ms. Furchtgott-Roth is senior fellow and director of Economics21 at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and an adjunct professor of economics at George Washington University. She previously served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor; Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; Deputy Executive Director of the Domestic Policy Council; and Junior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. Ms. Furchtgott-Roth’s latest book, Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young, coauthored with Jared Meyer, received the 2016 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award. Her previous books include Women’s Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economics of Women in America, and Overcoming Barriers to Entrepreneurship in the United States. Until earlier this year, she was a columnist for MarketWatch.com and Tax Notes.
  • General Counsel - Steven Gill Bradbury - Mr. Bradbury is a litigation partner at Dechert LLP in Washington, D.C., where his practice focuses on regulatory enforcement and investigations, rulemaking and judicial review of agency actions, appellate cases, and antitrust matters. He has extensive experience with automotive safety and airline competition issues, including before the Department of Transportation. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Bradbury headed the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advised the executive branch on a wide range of constitutional and statutory questions, and where he received the Edmund J. Randolph Award and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, among other awards. Before serving in the Justice Department, Mr. Bradbury was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP for ten years. He clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court and for Judge James L. Buckley on the D.C. Circuit.
  • Federal Aviation Administration
    • Deputy Administrator - Daniel Elwell - Mr. Elwell is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a former pilot with over 6,000 hours of combined military and civilian flight time. Shortly after transitioning from active service to reserve duty in the Air Force, Elwell’s unit was called into action during Operation Desert Storm. Elwell was a commercial airline pilot for sixteen years before accepting an appointment as the Federal Aviation Administration’s Assistant Administrator for Policy under President George W. Bush. During his 30-year career in aviation, Mr. Elwell has been a senior executive for several aviation trade associations and served as a Legislative Fellow for the late Senator Ted Stevens. He has served on several boards and has been a member of several aviation-related committees through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
  • Federal Highway Administration
    • Administrator - Paul Trombino III - Mr. Trombino is currently the President of McClure Engineering Company, a civil engineering company focused on transportation, aviation, water, and structures projects.  Mr. Trombino served as the Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation from 2011 to 2016, where he was responsible for the planning, design, construction, and operation of 9,400 miles of highways, 4,300 bridges, the modal programs of transit, rail, aviation, motor vehicle services which included driver and vehicle services, and motor carrier services and enforcement.  Mr. Trombino served as the 2015-2016 President of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials and as the 2016 Vice-Chair of the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee.
  • Maritime Administration
    • Administrator - Mark H. Buzby - Rear Admiral Buzby is a retired Navy Rear Admiral whose career spanned 34 years, serving in at sea billets, primarily in cruisers and destroyers. He commanded the USS CARNEY (DDG 64), Destroyer Squadron Thirty-One, Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, and the Military Sealift Command. He also held key positions on the Navy Staff, the Joint Staff, and several fleet staffs. He is a recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards. Buzby is a 1975 graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy, and a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He holds Masters degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and Salve Regina University. Rear Admiral Buzby currently serves as President and CEO of the National Defense Transportation Association, and sits on the boards of several maritime industry related corporations.
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    • Administrator - Raymond Martinez - Mr. Martinez is currently the Chairman and Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and a Member of the New Jersey State Planning Commission. He manages a State agency with over $1 billion in annual revenue and an operating budget of approximately $330 million. It is charged with the licensing of nearly 6 million drivers and the titling, registration, and inspection of over 6 million vehicles. He previously served as the New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and Chairman of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee as well as Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Counsel to the New York State Attorney General. Mr. Martinez has twice served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. Earlier in his career he served as Deputy United States Chief of Protocol at the Department of State, Deputy Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady and as a Special Assistant at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
    • Administrator - Howard R. Elliott - Elliott is a forty-year veteran of the U.S. freight rail industry, serving over the last decade as group Vice President of Public Safety, Health, Environment and Security for CSX Transportation in Jacksonville, FL.  His portfolio of responsibility included hazardous materials transportation safety, homeland security, railroad policing, crisis management, environmental compliance and operations, occupational health management and continuity of business operations.  He is a pioneer and leading advocate in developing and implementing computer-based tools to assist emergency management officials, first responders, and homeland security personnel in preparing for and responding to a railroad hazardous materials or security incident.  He is a recipient of the Association of American Railroads prestigious Holden-Proefrock Award for lifetime achievement in hazardous materials transportation safety. 
  • Federal Railroad Administration
    • Administrator - Ronald L. Batory -  Mr. Batory has more than 45 years of diverse leadership in the railroad industry.  In his last capacity with Consolidated Rail Corporation, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to that affiliation, he was President of the Belt Railway Company of Chicago.

Secretary of the Treasury - Steven Mnuchin - Founder, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Dune Capital Management.  Also United States Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United States Governor of the African Development Fund, United States Governor of the Asian Development Bank, United States Governor of the International Monetary Fund, United States Governor of the   African Development Bank, United States Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank, and United States Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a term of five years.

Counselor – Dan Kowalski - Dan Kowalski joins Treasury after serving 19 years on Capitol Hill, most recently as the Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Budget Committee.  As Counselor, he will focus on federal budgetary issues, matters involving the debt limit, and infrastructure finance.  Kowalski served as Deputy National Policy Director and Senior Advisor for Budget Policy for Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. Kowalski also served on the staffs of the House Budget Committee and the Congressional Budget Office. Kowalski earned his BA from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland and his MPP from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Counselor – Shannon McGahn - Shannon McGahn joins Treasury with more than 15 years of experience on Capitol Hill and in public affairs, most recently serving as Staff Director for the House Financial Services Committee under Chairman Jeb Hensarling.  As Counselor, she will advise the Secretary on matters relating to both legislative and public affairs.  Previously, McGahn served in communications roles for three members of House Republican leadership.  In 2015, McGahn was mentioned by National Journal as one of the "20 Most Powerful Women Staffers on Capitol Hill" and by Marie Claire as one of the "50 Most Influential Women in America".  A native of Westerville, Ohio, McGahn earned her BA in History from The George Washington University.

Counselor – Justin Muzinich Justin Muzinich joins Treasury having held leadership roles in policy and in business.  As Counselor, Muzinich will work closely with Secretary Mnuchin on major policy initiatives, both domestic and international, and will work with the Office of Tax Policy and the Office of Economic Policy on tax reform.  Most recently, Muzinich served as President of Muzinich & Co., an international investment firm, and taught at Columbia Business School.  He holds a JD from Yale Law School where he was an Olin Fellow, a MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar, and a BA from Harvard College.

Counselor – Craig Phillips - Craig Phillips joins Treasury having played a variety of leadership roles in the financial services industry over a 40 year career.  As Counselor, Phillips will work with Secretary Mnuchin on issues relating to domestic finance, housing finance policy and regulatory reform.  Phillips has broad domestic and international experience in markets, financial regulation, risk management and financial stability initiatives.  Most recently, Phillips was a Managing Director and Member of the Operating Committee of BlackRock, Inc.  At BlackRock, Phillips led a broad-based practice which advised central banks, banking supervisors and multi-lateral organizations around the world, including the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Phillips holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.

  • Deputy Secretary of the Treasury- James Donovan - Mr. Donovan is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. He earned a BS in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master's degree in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and his JD from Harvard Law School. His career at Goldman Sachs has included work on corporate strategy for the firm, investment banking, and investment management. For the past eight years, Mr. Donovan has also taught classes on corporate strategy and team management to law and business students at UVA. Mr. Donovan has long been involved in efforts supporting medical research and cancer treatment and prevention, serving on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the Board of Trustees of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. (Withdrew May 19, 2017)
  • Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs - David Malpass - Malpass returns to the Treasury after an extensive career in government and international finance. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Developing Nations in the Reagan Administration and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the George H. W. Bush Administration. Mr. Malpass was also a Senior Tax Analyst on the Senate Budget Committee during the preparations for the 1986 Tax Act and Republican Staff Director of Congress’s Joint Economic Committee. He was founder of Encima Global, an economic research firm. Mr. Malpass served as Senior Economic Advisor for President Trump’s campaign. He has appeared in the media as a commentator and columnist on issues focusing on growth policies, the Federal Reserve, tax reform, and international monetary policy. Mr. Malpass holds a BA from Colorado College and an MBA from University of Denver.
    • Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Finance and upon confirmation will be designated as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Finance  - Adam Lerrick - Lerrick is a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. From 2001 to 2010, he was the Friends of Allan H. Meltzer Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon University. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Lerrick served as Advisor on International Economic Policy to the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.  He was also an Advisor on International Economic Policy to the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. He was awarded a PhD and Institute Scholar, in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A Phi Betta Kappa, he graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in Economics.
  • Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence - Sigal Mandelker - Mandelker is currently a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP.  She previously served in senior law enforcement and national security positions at the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.  As Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, Sigal oversaw four major sections and a number of significant cross-border prosecutions.  Prior to that position, she served as Counselor to the Secretary of Homeland Security.  She also previously worked on counterterrorism and national security issues as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General. Sigal was also an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Sigal served as a law clerk to the Honorable Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court, and to the Honorable Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Sigal received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her BA from the University of Michigan.
  • Comptroller of the Currency - Joseph Otting - Prior to his nomination, Mr. Otting had a long career in financial services working for a number of highly regarded regional banks. Most recently he served as managing partner of Ocean Blvd LLC and Lake Blvd LLC. Mr. Otting previously served as President and CEO of OneWest Bank N.A and Vice Chairman of U.S. BancorpTreasurer of the United States - Jovita Carranza - Ms. Carranza currently is the Founder of JCR Group which provides services to companies and non-governmental organizations. She previously served as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under President George W. Bush, after receiving unanimous confirmation. Prior to her service in SBA, Carranza had a distinguished career at United Parcel Service where she started as a part-time, night-shift box handler and worked her way up to be the highest ranking Latina in company history where she served as president of Latin America and Caribbean operations.General Counsel - Brent James McIntosh - McIntosh is a partner in the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell.  He was born and raised in Michigan, and he earned degrees from the University of Michigan and Yale Law School.  After law school, he was a law clerk to Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  From 2004 until 2006, he served in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, including as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General.  He served in the White House from 2006 until 2009, first as Associate Counsel to the President and then as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Staff Secretary.  Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury for Legislative Affairs and upon confirmation will be designated as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Legislative Affairs - Andrew K. ”Drew“ Maloney- Maloney is a recognized government affairs expert with over 25 year of experience. Prior to his nomination, he was Vice President of Global Government and External Affairs for the Hess Corporation. Mr. Maloney also served as CEO of Ogilvy Government Relations, a prominent bipartisan government affairs firm. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Maloney has served as a senior advisor to several presidential campaigns and counseled on presidential legislative transition efforts. He also held senior positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, including working for members of the House Leadership.
  • Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions - Christopher Campbell - Campbell currently serves as the Majority Staff Director for the United States Senate Committee on Finance. In his role as Staff Director, Mr. Campbell manages, coordinates and oversees the Senate Republican agenda in the areas of international and domestic taxation, international trade, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and issues involving the U.S. National Debt. Prior to his role on the Committee, Mr. Campbell served as Legislative Director to Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. His prior private sector work experience includes owning a business strategy consulting firm where he advised fortune 500 companies. Mr. Campbell’s prior political work includes managing the successful reelection effort of Senator Hatch in 2000.
  • Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis - Marie Keenan Patelunas - Patelunas is an accomplished member of the Senior Intelligence Service at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she has served since 1989. For the last 15 years, she has been in management positions at the CIA supporting the highest levels of government, including serving on rotation to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as Director of the President’s Daily Brief staff. Ms. Patelunas previously served as Deputy Director of CIA’s Office of Middle East and North Africa Analysis, and as Director of the Advanced Analysis Training Program. She has also served in leadership positions in the National Counterproliferation Center and the Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation and Arms Control Office.
  • Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs  - Tony E. Sayegh, Jr. -  Republican strategist, political analyst, and a Fox News Contributor.  He served as Executive Vice President of Jamestown Associates, a nationally recognized political consulting, communications strategy, and media advertising firm. His creative campaigns have received prominent industry recognition, winning both the 2014 Reed Award for “Most Original TV Advertisement” and the 2015 Reed Award for “Best Comparative Mail Piece.”   Mr. Sayegh was first elected to public office in 2003, serving two terms as the Deputy Mayor & Trustee in Tuckahoe, New York.
  • Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, International Markets and Development - Heath P. Tarbert - Tarbert is a leading attorney in the financial services field with over 15 years of experience.  Mr. Tarbert is a partner in the global law firm Allen & Overy LLP.  He previously served in all three branches of the Federal Government, including as Special Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee, as Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush, and as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  Mr. Tarbert’s policy work includes serving as Senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems.  He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Bretton Woods Committee. 
  • Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy - David J. Kautter - Kautter currently serves as Partner-in-Charge of the Washington National Tax practice for RSM, an audit, tax, and consulting services firm. He was also previously the Managing Director of the Kogod Tax Center and Executive-in-Residence at the Kogod School of Business at American University (AU). Prior to his work at AU, Mr. Kautter spent over 30 years at Ernst and Young, including serving as Director of National Tax for over 13 years. Mr. Kautter also worked on Capitol Hill as Tax Legislative Counsel for former Senator John C. Danforth of Missouri.
  • Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing - Marshall Billingslea -  Mr. Billingslea of Virginia will serve as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing. Billingslea currently serves as Managing Director, Business Intelligence Services for Deloitte Advisory, with a focus illicit finance. Billngslea has over a decade of Federal Government experience. He previously served in the U.S. Department of Defense as: Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiation Policy. Billingslea’s international experience includes serving as NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment. He has also worked on Capitol Hill on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Billingslea has been awarded the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service by the Secretary of Defense.
  • Acting Commissioner of Internal Revenue - David Kautter - This designation will become effective on November 13, 2017.  Mr. Kautter was confirmed on August 3, 2017, to be the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Tax Policy.
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs – Dr. David J. Shulkin - current Undersecretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Deputy Secretary - Thomas G. Bowman -  Mr. Bowman is currently Majority Staff Director of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. From 2005 through 2009, he served in several leadership roles in the Department of Veterans Affairs, including Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Chief of Staff. Mr. Bowman retired from the Marine Corps as a Colonel after 30 years of service.
  • Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Memorial Affairs - Randy Reeves - Mr. Reeves currently serves as Executive Director of the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board and serves as President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs. He is a retired Commander and Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. Prior to being commissioned in the Navy, he served as an enlisted airman in the United States Air Force.
  • Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Congressional and Legislative Affairs - Brooks D. Tucker - Tucker currently serves as a Senior Adviser to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He previously served as a policy adviser on the Presidential Transition Team and as Senior Policy Adviser, National Security, and Veterans' Affairs for Senator Richard Burr. Prior to his government service, Mr. Tucker was an investment adviser with Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps.
  • Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Enterprise Integration - Melissa Sue Glynn - Until recently, Dr. Glynn led Alvarez and Marsal’s public sector practice focused on improving the delivery of government programs, and K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a Principal with PricewaterhouseCoopers and was responsible for the firm’s work with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Initially, Dr. Glynn’s career focused on the development and deployment of innovative technologies associated with collaborative decision-making. She served as Co-Director of the Center for the Management of Information at the University of Arizona concurrent with her doctoral studies. She was also a principal investigator on a cooperative grant from the National Science Foundation and several programs funded by defense research laboratories.
  • Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Human Resources and Administration - Peter J. Shelby -  Mr. Shelby is Principal and Founder of Transcendent Performance, an HR and talent development consulting practice.  Previously, Mr. Shelby was a Senior Vice President with Related Companies in New York City.  Prior to his work in the private sector, Mr. Shelby served in several human capital leadership roles in the Intelligence Community, including Associate Dean at National Intelligence University, Chief Learning Officer for National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and Deputy for Learning and Development for the Defense Intelligence Agency.  Mr. Shelby retired from the Marine Corps as a Major after 24 years of enlisted and commissioned officer service.  He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, and SHRM Senior Certified Professional.
  • Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Operations, Security and Preparedness - Donald P. Loren -  Mr. Loren currently works as CEO and President of Old Dominion Strategies LLC, a service disabled Veteran small business.  He previously as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security Integration.  Prior to his civilian government experience he served 31 years in the United States Navy, retiring as a Rear Admiral.  Mr. Loren received his BS from the United States Naval Academy.
  • Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs - John Ullyot - Mr. Ullyot currently serves as Managing Partner at Brighton Strategy Group. He previously served as Director of Communications of the United States Senate Armed Services Committee and as Director of Communications of the United States Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Mr. Ullyot has held senior communications positions with Hill+Knowlton Strategies, AOL Europe, and Intel Corporation. He is a former intelligence officer and Scout Sniper Platoon Commander in the United States Marine Corps.
  • General Counsel - James Byrne - Mr. Byrne most recently served as Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Lockheed Martin Corporation where he was also the company’s lead cyber and counterintelligence attorney. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Byrne served as the career Senior Executive Service Deputy Special Counsel with the Office of the United States Special Counsel, and both General Counsel and Assistant Inspector General for Investigations with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. Mr. Byrne has over 20 years of experience in the public sector, including service as a deployed Marine Infantry Officer and a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) international narcotics prosecutor. He volunteered for the past ten years on the Executive Board of Give an Hour, a non-profit organization that has developed national networks of volunteer professionals capable of providing complimentary and confidential mental health services in response to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society, beginning with the mental health needs of post-9/11 veterans, servicemembers and their families. Mr. Byrne is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received an engineering degree and ultimately held the top leadership position of Brigade Commander. He earned his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida and started his legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Malcolm J. Howard, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina.
  • Board of Veterans Appeals – Chairman for a term of six years - Cheryl L. Mason - Ms. Mason is currently the Interim Principal Deputy Vice Chairman at the Board of Veterans Appeals. She previously served as Deputy Vice Chairman, Chief Veterans Law Judge, Veterans Law Judge, and Counsel at the Board of Veterans Appeals. Ms. Mason’s government experience also includes serving as an attorney with the Federal Labor Relations Authority and as a Department of the Air Force civilian at HQ United States Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Ms. Mason also served as a contract attorney investigator for Department of Justice Civil Rights Division specializing in the American with Disabilities Act, a military services paralegal coordinator for Europe, and an instructor at Central Texas College, Kapaun Air Station, Germany. Ms. Mason began her legal career in private practice in Omaha, Nebraska. While attending college, Ms. Mason served an LBJ Intern for Congressman Bob McEwen (R-OH) of Ohio. Ms. Mason is married to Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (retired) Brett S. Mason and is the daughter of a World War II Navy Veteran.

Administrative Conference of the United States, Chairman for a term of 5 years - Jonathan F. Mitchell - Mr. Mitchell most recently served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. From 2010-2015, Mr. Mitchell served as the Solicitor General of Texas, where he argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court, argued dozens of cases in other courts, and authored more than one hundred briefs. Mr. Mitchell has also served on the faculties of the University of Texas School of Law, the George Mason University School of Law, and the University of Chicago Law School. Before entering the legal academy, Mr. Mitchell served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court and to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

African Development Bank – United States Director of the African Development Bank for a term of five years - J. Steven Dowd - Mr. Dowd has decades of executive experience in trade, logistics, and finance, with a significant focus on Africa. Mr. Dowd co-founded Ag Source, LLC, a global agriculture logistics, transportation, and finance company. His prior experience includes overseeing food aid operations and leading port infrastructure projects in Africa. Mr. Dowd also served as CEO of Marcona Ocean Industries, an international shipping and mining company.

Amtrak –

  • Member of the Board of Directors for a term of five years - Leon “Lynn” A. Westmoreland -  Congressman Lynn A. Westmoreland served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years after serving 12 years in the Georgia House of Representatives.  During his time in Congress, he served on the subcommittee on railroads, pipelines, and hazardous materials of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for six years.  Congressman Westmoreland also served on the Financial Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Congressman Westmoreland started his own construction business in 1982 and did residential and light commercial construction until his election to Congress in 2004.  He currently serves as principal of Westmoreland Strategies LLC, which provides strategic advice to a variety of clients.

Central Intelligence Agency - Director – Cong. Mike Pompeo (Kansas)

  • Deputy Director - Gina Haspel - A career intelligence officer, having joined the CIA in 1985. She has extensive overseas experience and served as Chief of Station in several of her assignments. In Washington, she has held numerous senior leadership positions at CIA, including as Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service, Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action, Chief of Staff for the Director of the National Clandestine Service, and in the Counterterrorist Center.
  • General Counsel - Courtney Simmons Elwood is a partner with the firm Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC.  She joined this firm (then Kellogg, Huber, Hansen) in 1996, after clerking for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the Supreme Court of the United States and for Judge J. Michael Luttig on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Between 2001 to 2007, Ms. Elwood served as Associate Counsel to the President, Deputy Counsel to the Vice President, and Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General.  Ms. Elwood is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Procedures and a member of the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee.  She is a 1994 graduate of Yale Law School, where she was Essays Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and a 1990 summa cum laude graduate of Washington and Lee University.
  • Inspector General - R. Sharpley - Mr. Sharpley has been serving as the Acting Inspector General at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) since 2015. He was previously the Deputy Inspector General at the CIA from 2012 to 2015. Prior to serving in the CIA OIG, Mr. Sharpley was Deputy IG for Investigations at the Federal Housing Finance Authority and Deputy Special IG for Investigations as the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP). Prior to these roles, Mr. Sharpley was the Deputy IG for Investigations and Inspections at the Department of Energy and a Director of Security Operations in the U.S. Air Force.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

  • Chairman - Chris Giancarlo – He was designated as Acting Chairman of the Commission on January 20, 2017. Before entering public service, Mr. Giancarlo served as the Executive Vice President of GFI Group Inc., a financial services firm. Prior to joining GFI, he was Executive Vice President and U.S. Legal Counsel of Fenics Software and was a corporate partner in the New York law firm of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner.
  • Commissioner for the remainder of a five-year term expiring April 13, 2020 - Brian D. Quintenz - Mr. Quintenz was the Founder, Managing Principal, and Chief Investment Officer of Saeculum Capital Management LLC from November 2013 to November 2016.  Before holding that position, Mr. Quintenz was a consultant with Rose International from June 2013 until November 2013.  Prior to this, he worked at Hill-Townsend Capital LLC from 2009 to 2012, first as an Analyst and then as the Senior Associate. Mr. Quintenz served in the office of U.S. Representative Deborah Pryce from 2001 to 2007, first as a Staff Assistant, then a Legislative Assistant, and finally Senior Policy Advisor.
  • Commissioner - Dawn DeBerry Stump - Mrs. Stump is currently president of Stump Strategic, a consulting firm she founded in 2016. Prior to assuming this role, Mrs. Stump served as executive director of the Americas Advisory Board for the Futures Industry Association and as a vice president at NYSE Euronext. During much of her career, she served the public sector in staff positions at both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. While working in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, she focused on various farm policy matters and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. She represented the Committee during the negotiation of complex financial derivatives policies, in the aftermath of the recent financial crisis. Mrs. Stump is from Olton, Texas and grew up working in the agricultural sector.
  • Commissioner for the remainder of a 5-year term expiring June 19, 2021 - Rostin Behnam - Mr. Behnam is senior counsel to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Ranking Member of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. Mr. Behnam has served as counsel to Senator Stabenow since 2011, focusing on policy and legislation related to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Department of Agriculture, including the Agricultural Act of 2014. Prior to serving Senator Stabenow, Mr. Behnam practiced law in New York City and worked at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.
  • Director, Enforcement Division - James McDonald  - Mr. McDonald joins the CFTC from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and most recently in the Public Corruption Unit. While at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. McDonald prosecuted a wide variety of cases, including serving as a member of the trial team that successfully prosecuted former Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver for public corruption offenses. Earlier in his career, Mr. McDonald served as a law clerk to the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, and, before that, as a law clerk to United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, Jr. A graduate of Harvard College and University of Virginia School of Law, Mr. McDonald previously served in the Office of White House Counsel, as a Deputy Associate Counsel, and he worked at the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP.

Consumer Product Safety Commission –

  • Chairman and Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of 7 years beginning October 27, 2018 - Ann Marie Buerkle - Ms. Buerkle currently serves as Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Since 2017, she has also served as Acting Chair.  Prior to joining the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Ms. Buerkle represented New York’s 25th Congressional District in Congress.  During her time in Congress, Ms. Buerkle served as a United States Representative to the 66th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations from 2011 to 2012.  From 1997 to 2009, Ms. Buerkle was an Assistant Attorney General for the state of New York.  Earlier in her career, she practiced law in a private firm.  Before her legal career, Ms. Buerkle worked as a registered nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
  • Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a 7-year term beginning October 27, 2017 - Dana Baiocco - Ms. Baiocco was born and raised in Yorkville, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University in 1998 and from Duquesne University School of Law in 1997, cum laude. She served as a federal judicial law clerk to The Honorable Gustave Diamond, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, from 1996-1998. Ms. Baiocco joined the law firm of Jones Day in 1998 in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office, and became a partner 2007. She was one of the founding partners of Jones Day’s Boston office, which opened in 2011. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Bar Associations, served as the chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates from 2009 to 2011 and also served on its board of governors. She is also a member of the Boston Bar Association. She currently lives in Boston with her husband, Andrew F. Susko and her daughter, Ava Bruening.

Delta Regional Authority –

  • Federal Co-Chairman - Christopher Caldwell - Mr. Caldwell currently serves as the Director of Special Projects for Senator John Boozman (R-AR). Mr. Caldwell was the Campaign Manager for Senator Boozman’s 2016 re-election campaign, as well as the Political Director for Boozman's 2010 Senate campaign. He has also served on several other campaigns, including Governor Mike Huckabee’s 2007 presidential bid and Senator Tim Hutchinson’s 2002 Senate campaign. Beyond his political and government service, Mr. Caldwell has held various roles in the private sector and is an active volunteer in his community.
  • Alternate Federal Co-Chairperson - Peter Dickson Kinder - Since 2004, Mr. Kinder has served as Missouri Lt. Governor, and was the only Republican to win statewide office in both 2008 and 2012. Mr. Kinder served as acting Governor of Missouri for 105 days. Before that, Mr. Kinder served three terms in the Missouri Senate from 1993 to 2005. In 2001, Mr. Kinder led his party to the majority, becoming the first Republican to serve as President Pro Tem in 53 years. Mr. Kinder has also served on Capitol Hill, 1981-1982; as a real estate attorney with Drury Industries, Inc., 1983-1987; and in newspaper publishing with the Southeast Missourian/Rust Communications, 1987 to 2005. Mr. Kinder serves on the board of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority. He is an eighth generation Southeast Missouri native, and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1980.

Environmental Protection Agency –

  • Administrator – Scott Pruitt - Oklahoma Attorney General
  • Deputy Administrator - Andrew Wheeler  - Mr. Wheeler is a principal and the head of the energy & environment team at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting and co-chairs the energy and natural resources industry team within the law firm. Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Mr. Wheeler worked at the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for fourteen years serving in various roles including as the majority and minority staff director and chief counsel. He started his career at the Environmental Protection Agency as a special assistant in the toxics office where he received three bronze medals. He has a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.B.A. from George Mason University. Mr. Wheeler is a member of the District of Columbia bar and an Eagle Scout.
  • Assistant Administrator, Air and Radiation - William L. Wehrum - Mr. Wehrum is a partner and the head of the Administrative Law Group at Hunton & Williams.  Mr. Wehrum’s practice focuses on air quality issues including regulatory development and related litigation, compliance counseling and enforcement defense, legislative advice, and permitting.  Prior to joining Hunton & Williams, Mr. Wehrum served for two years as Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance - Susan Parker Bodine  - Ms. Bodine is Chief Counsel for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, a position she has held since January 2015. Ms. Bodine’s nearly 29 years of environmental law experience includes both government service and private practice. Ms. Bodine served in the George W. Bush administration as the assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Prior to that, Ms. Bodine was staff director and counsel for the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  She also was an associate at Covington & Burling and a partner at Barnes & Thornburg.
  • Assistant Administrator, Office of Water - David Ross - Mr. Ross currently serves as the Director of the Environmental Protection Unit for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. He previously served as a senior assistant attorney general in the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, where he represented the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality on water quality matters. Mr. Ross also represented the State of Wyoming on the Assumable Waters Subcommittee of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. Prior to entering public service, Mr. Ross practiced environmental law in Washington DC and worked as an environmental consultant in California. Mr. Ross attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergraduate studies, and grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances - Michael Dourson - Mr. Dourson is a professor in the Risk Science Center at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. Before this, he founded the nonprofit Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment and worked at the Environmental Protection Agency. While at the EPA, Mr. Dourson was awarded the Arnold J. Lehman award from the Society of Toxicology (SOT) and the International Achievement Award by the International Society of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. He is a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and a fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). 
  • Assistant Administrator, General Counsel - Matthew Z. Leopold - Mr. Leopold is a lawyer in Tallahassee, Florida with the law firm of Carlton Fields. He is the former General Counsel of the Florida Department of Environment Protection and a former attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division. He has 10 years of combined Federal and State government experience. Mr. Leopold’s practice focuses exclusively on environment law, policy, and litigation. He has represented the State and Federal governments on complex environmental litigation, including Florida v. Georgia, an original action in the United States Supreme Court, and United States v. BP Exploration and Production, Inc., to address the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He also represented Florida in the long-running Everglades case, and worked with policy makers to help move comprehensive restoration forward. Mr. Leopold previously served as an environmental policy advisor in the Washington, D.C. office of Governor Jeb Bush.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Member for the remainder of a five-year term expiring July 1, 2021 - Daniel M. Gade - Mr. Gade was born and raised in North Dakota. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1997, and was wounded in action twice and decorated for valor while serving in Iraq. He served in the administration of President George W. Bush, where his portfolio included veterans, military health care, and United States disability policy. He returned to West Point in 2011 and taught various political science and leadership courses until his retirement from the Army in 2017. He has served on various advisory committees advising the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and was appointed to serve on the National Council on Disability by then-Speaker Boehner in 2015. He cofounded the Independence Project, a Veteran’s employment and empowerment experiment.

Farm Credit Administration –

  • Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board for the remainder of a term expiring May 21, 2022 - Glen R. Smith - In 1982, Mr. Smith is president and co-owner of Smith Land Service, a company he founded in 1982. The company specializes in farm management, land appraisal and farmland brokerage services, working in about 30 Iowa counties. Mr. Smith also owns and serves as president of Smith Generation Farms, Inc., a family farm operation that encompasses about 2000 acres of primarily corn and soybeans in western Iowa. He is a native of Atlantic, Iowa where he was raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm. His “hands-on” farm experience started at a very early age when his father was involved in a disabling farm accident.

Federal Elections Commission –

  • Commissioner the remainder of a 6-year term expiring April 30, 2021 - James E. Trainor III - Trainor is currently a partner at Akerman, LLP, and has more than 10 years of private practice experience involving election law, campaign finance, and ethics representation for government officers, interest groups, corporations, and others (two presidential campaigns). He recently served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense in the Office of General Counsel. Mr. Trainor’s prior government service includes positions as General Counsel to the Texas Secretary of State (also an appointed member to the Standards Advisory Board, Elections Assistance Commission) and Counsel to the Texas House Committee on Regulated Industries and various other state legislative roles. Mr. Trainor was born and raised in Texas.

Export-Import Bank

  • President of the Export-Import Bank for a term of four years expiring January 20, 2021 - Scott Garrett - Garrett served in the United States House of Representatives from 2003 to 2015.  Prior to serving in the House, Mr. Garrett was a New Jersey State Representative from 1992 to 2003.
  • First Vice President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for a term expiring January 20, 2021 - Kimberly A. Reed -  Ms. Reed most recently was President of the International Food Information Council Foundation, a non-profit collaborating with governments, the food and agricultural supply chain, and health professionals on issues surrounding the feeding of the global population.  She previously served as senior advisor to U.S. Treasury Secretaries John Snow and Henry Paulson, and led the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, where she awarded nearly $4 billion in tax credits, loans, and grants to financial institutions and economic development groups for investing in economically distressed communities.  She also was counsel to three Congressional committees in the U.S. House of Representatives: Ways and Means, Government Reform and Oversight, and Education and the Workforce, and vice president for financial markets policy relations at Lehman Brothers.  Ms. Reed is recognized as one of the “100 Women Leaders in STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), serves on several boards.  She is the first woman chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association.
  • Member of the Board of Directors for a term of four years expiring January 20, 2019, and for a term expiring January 20, 2023. (Reappointment) - Spencer T. Bachus III -  Mr. Bachus is a Member of Bachus and Broom, LLC.  He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 2015.
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the remainder of a 4-year term expiring January 20, 2019, and an additional 4-year term expiring January 20, 2023 - Claudia Slacik .
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the remainder of a 4-year term expiring January 20, 2021 - Judith Delzoppo Pryor.
  • Inspector General - Mark L. Greenblatt - Mr. Greenblatt has been serving as the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the Department of Commerce since 2016. He was previously Director of Special Investigations and then the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Compliance and Ethics at the Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General (OIG) from 2014 to 2016. Prior to serving in the Commerce OIG, Mr. Greenblatt was an investigative counsel at the Department of Justice OIG. Prior to joining DOJ, Mr. Greenblatt was Minority Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Greenblatt served as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody and then worked as a litigator in New York City.

Federal Communications Commission –

  • Chairman - Ajit Pai - Designated acting Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate in May 2012. Before this, Mr. Pai was a Partner at Jenner & Block, LLP from 2011 until 2012, and Deputy General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, and Special Advisor to the General Counsel at the FCC from 2007 until 2011.
  • Member - Jessica Rosenworcel - Jessica Rosenworcel was recently a Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission from 2012 until January 2017. Previously, she was the Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, working for Senator Jay Rockefeller IV from 2009 to 2011, and Senator Daniel K. Inouye from 2007 to 2008. Before joining the Committee, Ms. Rosenworcel worked at the Federal Communications Commission from 1999 to 2007, serving as Legal Advisor and then Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Michael J. Copps (2003-2007), Legal Counsel to the Bureau Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau (2002-2003), and as an Attorney-Advisor in the Policy Division of the Common Carrier Bureau (1999-2002). From 1997 to 1999, she was a communications associate at Drinker Biddle and Reath.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation –

  • Member for term of six years and to be Chairperson for a term of five years, effective November 29, 2017 - James Clinger -  Mr. Clinger was most recently currently the Chief Counsel for the House Committee on Financial Services, having held this position since 2007.  Mr. Clinger previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General from 2005 to 2007.  Prior to his service at the Department of Justice, Mr. Clinger served as Senior Banking Counsel for the House Committee on Financial Services from 2001 to 2005, and as Assistant Staff Director from 1995 to 2001.  Before entering public service, he was a litigation attorney at the firm Sutherland Asbill and Brennan from 1987 to 1995. (Withdrew July 12, 2017)

Federal Labor Relations Authority –

  • Member for a term of five years beginning July 30, 2017 and, upon confirmation, designated chair - Colleen Kiko - Ms. Kiko was born and raised in North Dakota. She currently serves as a Judge of the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board in the Department of Labor. Ms. Kiko has a long history with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA). She worked in its predecessor agency and, when the FLRA opened its doors on January 1, 1979, Ms. Kiko began work in the Washington Regional Office investigating unfair labor practices. She ultimately moved into positions within the headquarters of the FLRA. In 2005, she returned to serve as General Counsel of the FLRA. Ms. Kiko has served in the Justice Department in various capacities, as an associate counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, and in the private practice of law.
  • Member for the remainder of a five-year term expiring July 1, 2020 - James Thomas Abbott  -Mr. Abbott has served as Chief Counsel to the Federal Labor Relations Authority since 2007, currently with Acting Chairman Patrick Pizzella and previously with Chairman Dale Cabaniss and Member Thomas Beck. Prior to his appointment to the Authority, Mr. Abbott served as Deputy General Counsel for the Congressional Office of Compliance, from 2004 to 2007. Earlier in his career, Mr. Abbott served as the Senior Associate District Counsel for Personnel and Ethics at the Defense Contract Management Agency; Chief Counsel at Corpus Christi Army Depot, U.S. Army Materiel Command; and Senior Labor Counsel at the HQ Depot Systems Command, U.S. Army Materiel Command.
  • Member for the remainder of a five year term expiring on July 1, 2019 - Ernest W. DuBester -  Mr. DuBester has served as a Member of the FLRA since August 2009.  He was also FLRA Chairman from January to November 2013.  With over 40 years of experience in labor-management relations, he began his career at the National Labor Relations Board as counsel to former Chairman and Member John Fanning.  He was also a union attorney with the firm of Highsaw & Mahoney, and legislative counsel to the AFL-CIO.  From 1993-2001, he was Chairman and Member at the National Mediation Board.  From 2001-2005, Mr. DuBester was the Professor and Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School.

Federal Reserve –

  • Chairman - Jerome Powell – Currently a Federal Reserve Governor since 2012 and former Treasury official under the George H.W. Bush administration.
  • Member of the Board of Governors a 14-year term expiring January 31, 2018, and for an additional 14-year term expiring January 31, 2032, and to be Vice Chairman for Supervision of the Federal Reserve System for a term of 4 years - Randal Quarles - Mr. Quarles has had an extensive career in government and international finance.  He served as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance in the George W. Bush Administration, and before that as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs and U.S. Executive Director of the IMF.  He had earlier served in the George H.W. Bush Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Policy.  He is a founder and managing director of The Cynosure Group, a private investment firm in Salt Lake City.  Before founding Cynosure, Mr. Quarles was a partner of The Carlyle Group and, earlier, of the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Federal Trade Commission –

  • Acting Chairman - Maureen K. Ohlhausen - Ohlhausen was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 4, 2012, to a term that expires in September 2018.
  • Member for a seven-year term beginning September 26, 2017, and upon confirmation designate chair - Joseph Simons - Mr. Simons is currently a partner and co-chair of the Antitrust Group at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. He was previously in charge of antitrust enforcement at the Federal Trade Commission, serving as Director of the Bureau of Competition from 2001 until 2003. Among his accomplishments, Mr. Simons was responsible for overseeing the re-invigoration of the FTC’s non-merger enforcement program. Under his leadership, the Bureau initiated over 100 investigations and produced more non-merger enforcement actions in one year than in any other year in the prior two decades or since. Mr. Simons is also a co-developer of “Critical Loss Analysis,” a technique for market definition that has been incorporated into the Department of Justice and FTC Merger Guidelines, as well as applied in numerous court decisions.
  • Member for the remainder of a seven-year term expiring September 25, 2019 - Rohit Chopra - Mr. Chopra is currently a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Federation of America, where he focuses on consumer protection issues facing young people and military families. From 2010-2015, he served at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as Assistant Director, where he oversaw the agency’s work on student financial services issues. The Secretary of the Treasury also appointed him as the agency’s student loan ombudsman. In 2016, Mr. Chopra served as Special Adviser to the Secretary of Education. Prior to his government service, he was an associate at McKinsey & Company, where he served clients in the financial services and consumer technology sectors.

General Services Administration – Administrator - Webster Murphy - Currently, Ms. Murphy is Senior Advisor to the Administrator at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Previously, Ms. Murphy served as Counsel at the House Armed Services Committee, specializing acquisition policy and reform. A procurement policy expert, Ms. Murphy’s career includes appointments at the U.S. Small Business Administration and at the GSA, where she served as its first Chief Acquisition Officer. Additionally, she served under three Chairmen of the House Small Business Committee. Her private sector experience includes five years in executive positions at a technology startup company engaged in Federal contracting and three years as a government contracts attorney with two top D.C. law firms. She has been recognized by Women Impacting Public Policy and the Small Business Technology Council, among others.

International Trade Commission –

  • Commissioner for the remainder of a nine-year term, expiring June 16, 2023 - Dennis M. Devaney - Mr. Devaney is currently practice team leader and counsel with the Varnum law firm. Mr. Devaney earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Maryland in 1968 and 1970. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975. From 1970-1972, he served on active duty with the U.S. Naval Security Group.
  • Member for the remainder of a nine-year term expiring June 16, 2026 - Randolph J. Stayin - Mr. Stayin was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Dartmouth College and received a law degree from the University of Cincinnati Law School. He served as chief of staff to Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and was the Senator’s trade advisor in negotiating the passage of the Trade Act of 1974. Mr. Stayin’s 40 plus years in the practice of law have focused on international trade policy and trade regulation. He has litigated antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, sunset reviews, trademark infringement, 301 unfair trade practices, 201 safeguards, 232 national security, generalized system of preferences, export regulation, trade sanctions, anti-boycott issues, and U.S. Customs enforcement. He has achieved an exceptional record of successes before the International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, NAFTA dispute panels, and NAFTA and Uruguay Round/WTO negotiations.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration – Administrator - James Bridenstine - Mr. Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Mr. Bridenstine began his Naval aviation career flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. While on active duty, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet and flew as an “aggressor” at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center. After leaving active duty, Mr. Bridenstine returned to Tulsa, Oklahoma to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium and flew counter-drug missions in Central and South America in the Navy Reserve. He holds a triple major from Rice University and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. Mr. Bridenstine is currently a member of the 137th Special Operations Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

National Labor Relations Board –

  • Chairman - Philip A. Miscimarra - He has served as a Board Member since August 7, 2013. He was nominated by President Obama on April 9, 2013, and he was approved unanimously by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on May 22, 2013. He was confirmed by the Senate on July 30, 2013, and his current term expires on December 16, 2017.
  • Member for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2020 – Marvin Kaplan - Mr. Kaplan has worked for the safety commission since 2015. Previously, he worked as counsel for House Republicans on the Education and the Workforce Committee. Republicans on that committee have held hearings to take a critical look at decisions made by the board in recent years. He also served as counsel for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
  • Member for the remainder of a five-year term expiring August 27, 2021 - William J. Emanuel - Mr. Emanuel represents employers in labor and employment law matters at Littler Mendelson in Los Angeles. His practice is devoted primarily to traditional labor law and he has litigated many cases before the NLRB. He is a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; a contributing editor of The Developing Labor Law; and a member of the Practice and Procedure Committee and Developing Labor Law Committee of the American Bar Association. He is also a member and past chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association; the Labor Relations Advisory Committee; and the Employers Group Legal Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group of the Federalist Society.
  • Member, Small Business Representative, for the remainder of a 4-year term expiring January 20, 2019 - Claudia Slacik.
  • Member for the remainder of a 4-year term expiring January 20, 2019 - Judith Delzoppo Pryor.
  • General Counsel for a term of four years - Peter B. Robb -  Mr. Robb currently works as the director of labor and employment at the law firm Downs Rachlin and Marin.  Prior to that, Mr. Robb served as special labor counsel to Proskauer Rose from 1985 – 1995.  He also served as chief counsel to Member Robert Hunter on the National Labor Relations Board.

National Mediation Board –

  • Member for the remainder of a three-year term expiring July 1, 2019 - Kyle Fortson - Fortson is currently the labor policy director at the U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee, having served in that position since 2010.  Ms. Fortson previously served as labor counsel at the same committee from 2004 to 2010.  Before that, she was a policy analyst and counsel at the Senate Republican Committee from 2003 to 2004, and served as counsel to Senator Tim Hutchinson from 2001 to 2003.  She also served as judiciary counsel to Congressman Spencer Bachus from 1999 to 2001.
  • Member for the remainder of a three-year term expiring July 1, 2017, and an additional three-year term expiring July 1, 2020 - Gerald W. Fauth -  Mr. Fauth has more than 39 years of professional experience in the private sector and Federal Government working on economic, regulatory, public policy, and legislative issues related to transportation. He has been involved in negotiating, mediating, arbitrating, facilitating, supporting via expert testimony, or deciding the resolution of hundreds of transportation problems and disputes during his career. Mr. Fauth has worked at the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, where he served for more than three years as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to a Board Member. Today he is President of G.W. Fauth & Associates, Inc., a transportation economic consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Member for the remainder of a term of three years expiring July 1, 2018 - Linda A. Puchala - Ms. Puchala was born and raised in Michigan.  Ms. Puchala has served as a member of the National Mediation Board since 2009 after being appointed to the board by former President Obama.  Prior to that, Ms. Puchala served as the senior mediator of the National Mediation Board from 1999 – 2009.  She has also served as the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants from 1979 – 1986.

National Transportation Safety Board –

  • Member - for a 5-year term expiring December 16, 2021, and to be designated Vice Chairman for a term of 2 years - Robert L. Sumwalt of South Carolina has been a member of the NTSB since 2006. He served as NTSB vice chairman from 2006 to 2008. Since joining the Board, Mr. Sumwalt has been a fierce advocate for improving safety in all modes of transportation, with a focus on teen driver safety, impaired driving, distractions in transportation, and rail and aviation safety initiatives. Before joining the NTSB, Mr. Sumwalt was a pilot for 32 years, including 24 years with U.S. Airways. He has a distinguished transportation safety background and his ground-breaking contributions to safety have been recognized by a number of prestigious industry awards. He is an inductee into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame. Mr. Sumwalt earned an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Aeronautical Science (with Distinction) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with concentrations in aviation/aerospace safety systems and human factors aviation systems.
  • Member - for a 5-year term beginning January 1, 2018 and upon confirmation to be designated Vice Chairman for a term of 2 years - Mr. Landsberg was born and raised in Maryland.  Currently, Mr. Landsberg serves as the senior safety advisor for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots foundation (AOPA) and Air Safety Institute.  Most recently, Mr. Landsberg served as the President of AOPA foundation and Air Safety Institute from which he stepped down in 2014.  Prior to that, Mr. Landsberg served as the executive director of the AOPA foundation and Air Safety Institute from 1992 – 2010.  He also has served as the industry co-chair of the runway safety program for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission – 

  • Chairman -  Kristine Svinicki – was sworn in for her second term as a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on June 29, 2012, to a term ending on June 30, 2017.
  • Member - Jeffery Martin Baran for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2018 -  Mr. Baran currently serves as a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a position he has held since October 2014.  Prior to his tenure on the Commission, he served as Staff Director for Energy and Environment for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.  Previously, Mr. Baran served on the Committee staff as senior counsel from 2011 to 2014, and as counsel from 2009 to 2010.  He served as counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2003 to 2008.  From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Baran worked as a law clerk for Judge Lesley Wells of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - Acting Chairman - Cheryl LaFleur - member of the commission since 2010 and has served as the acting chairman before, from November 2013 to July 2014 and as the Chairman from July 2014 to April 2015.

  • Acting Chairman - Cheryl LaFleur - member of the commission since 2010 and has served as the acting chairman before, from November 2013 to July 2014 and as the Chairman from July 2014 to April 2015.
  • Chairman and Member for the term expiring June 30, 2021 - Neil Chatterjee -  Prior to his confirmation, Mr. Chatterjee was an energy policy advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Mr. Chatterjee has played an integral role in the passage of all major energy, highway, and farm policies.  Prior to serving Leader McConnell he worked as a principal in Government Relations for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and as an aide to House Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce.  He began his career in Washington with the House Committee on Ways and Means.
  • Member for the term expiring June 30, 2018, and an additional term expiring June 30, 2023, and upon confirmation, shall be designated Chairman - Kevin J. McIntyre - Mr. McIntyre is the co-leader of the global Energy Practice at the law firm Jones Day, where he has practiced law for most of his nearly 30-year legal career. A graduate of San Diego State University and Georgetown Law, Mr. McIntyre is a recognized leader in the United States energy regulatory arena, with an expansive Federal Energy Regulatory Commission practice representing clients in all industry sectors—natural gas, conventional electricity, oil, hydropower, wind power and other renewable resources, and energy marketing and trading. His work for energy clients spans administrative and appellate litigation, compliance and enforcement matters, and corporate transactions. Mr. McIntyre is active in energy industry, legal, and educational organizations, as well as in his local community.
  • Member for the term expiring June 30, 2020 - Robert F. Powelson - Commissioner Powelson has served as a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) since 2008. Commissioner Powelson was first nominated to the PUC on June 19, 2008, by Governor Edward G. Rendell and appointed Chairman by Governor Tom Corbett in 2011. Currently, Commissioner Powelson serves as the President of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) based in Washington, DC. Commissioner Powelson serves on the Electric Power Research Institute Advisory Board (EPRI) as well as the Drexel University Board of Trustees. From 1994 to 2008, Powelson served as the President and CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry based in Malvern, PA. In 2005, he was selected by the Eisenhower Presidential Fellow to be a United States fellow in Singapore and Australia.

Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission 

  • Member - Heather L. MacDougall –Ms. MacDougall was designated acting Chair of the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission in January 2017.  In 2014, she was nominated to the Commission by then-President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate.  Before this, Ms. MacDougall had 20 years of experience representing employers throughout the United States in matters involving labor, employment, and occupational safety and health law, most recently with Akerman LLP in West Palm Beach, Florida.  In addition, she served as Chief Counsel to OSHRC Chairman W. Scott Railton.  Earlier in her career, she was Associate General Counsel to the HR Policy Association, a public policy organization that advocates for the human resource officers of major employers, where she represented the association as amicus curiae in U.S. Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court cases.
  • Member - James J. Sullivan, Jr. - Mr. Sullivan has 37 years of experience representing employers throughout the United States in matters involving labor, employment, and occupational safety and health law. He has been a partner at Pepper, Klett Rooney and, most recently, Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Sullivan served as the management co-chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Labor Law Section.

Office of Personnel Management – 

  • Director - George Nesterczuk -  Mr. Nesterczuk leads Nesterczuk and Associates in providing management consulting services to public sector institutions and private enterprises. He has over thirty years of experience as a consultant on organizational management and policy development. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Nesterczuk was Senior Advisor to the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for the Department of Defense. In that capacity, he led OPM efforts in the establishment of the National Security Personnel System at the Department of Defense. Previously, he was Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Civil Service of the Committee on Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Nesterczuk also served as a senior official in the Reagan Administration, holding successive positions in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Transportation. (Withdrew August 2, 2017)
  • Director - Jeff Tien Han Pon - Dr. Pon most recently served as the Chief Human Resources and Strategy Officer for the non-profit professional membership organization, the Society for Human Resource Management as well as the Chief Operating Officer for Futures Inc., an organization dedicated to helping transitioning military explore careers, find jobs, and transition to civilian jobs. Dr. Pon previously served as a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. in the consulting service areas of Human Resources, IT, and Change Management and as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Chief Human Capital Officer. He also was the Deputy Director of eGovernment at the U. S. Office of Personnel Management where he and his teams brought about HR Shared Service Centers, Payroll Modernization, and the stand-up of USAJobs. Dr. Pon is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and holds a Ph. D. and Masters of Science degree from the California School of Professional Psychology. He is the recipient of the Grace Hopper Award, Fed 100, and multiple secretarial Distinguished Service Awards.
    • Deputy Director - Michael Rigas - Mr. Rigas has over 20 years of professional experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, with a record of improving organizational performance and streamlining operations. He currently serves as Chief of Staff at the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services. Prior to his current role, Mr. Rigas worked at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., where he worked to advance free-market and limited government public policy solutions. Previously, he served as an appointee in the General Services Administration (GSA) where he worked to increase Federal Government contracting with woman-owned, veteran-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and improved GSA’s scorecard from “red” to “green.” Mr. Rigas spent more than a decade in the private sector, including at Mellon Financial Corporation and Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
  • Inspector General - John Edward Dupuy - Mr. Dupuy was appointed as deputy inspector general for investigations at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in November 2016, having previously served as the assistant inspector general for investigations at DOE beginning May 2015. Mr. Dupuy has been part of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) community since 1991, and has served in a variety of leadership positions throughout his career. Before DOE, Mr. Dupuy worked in the OIG for both the Department of the Interior and Department of Housing and Urban Development. At those agencies, he held several positions, including special agent and assistant inspector general for investigations. Mr. Dupuy graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a B.A. in 1987. He served in the United States Army on active duty as a military intelligence officer from 1987 to 1990. Mr. Dupuy later attended Golden Gate University School of Law and the American University Washington College of Law. He is a member of the Virginia and Washington, D.C. bars and has been an adjunct professor at the American University School of Law.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation –

  • President - Ray Washburne -. Mr. Washburne is the President and CEO of Charter Holdings, a private real estate investment company based in Dallas.  He is the co-founder and co-owner of M Crowd Restaurant Group, which owns and operates Mi Cocina, Taco Diner and The Mercury restaurants.  Mr. Washburne is the President and Managing Director of Highland Park Village in Dallas.  
  • Executive Vice President - David Steele Bohigian -. Mr. Bohigian is the Managing Director of Pluribus Ventures, an advisor to financial services firms and growth companies. Earlier, he served on the core management team of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. Prior to Bridgewater, Mr. Bohigian founded E2 Capital Partners, which developed new financing models for energy efficiency projects. Mr. Bohigian previously served as an Assistant Secretary of Commerce and served as a Managing Director of Idealab and as a partner at Jefferson Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based venture capital firm.

Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board –

  • Chairman and Member - Adam I. Klein - Mr. Klein is the Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, where his research centers on the intersection of national security policy and law.  He previously served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  He has also worked on national security policy at the RAND Corporation, at the 9/11 Public Discourse Project (the nonprofit successor to the 9/11 Commission), and as a legislative assistant in the office of Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young.

Securities and Exchange Commission –

  • Chairman - Jay Clayton - Partner at New York-based law firm Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Commissioner for the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 5, 2020 - Hester Maria Peirce - Ms. Peirce is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Financial Markets Working Group at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where she has worked since 2012. Ms. Peirce served on Senator Richard Shelby’s staff on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs from 2008 to 2011. From 2000 to 2008, Ms. Peirce served at the Securities and Exchange Commission as a Staff Attorney in the Division of Investment Management and as Counsel to Commissioner Paul Atkins. Before that, she clerked for Judge Roger B. Andewelt on the Court of Federal Claims and was an associate at a Washington, D.C. law firm. 
  • Member for the remainder of a 5-year term expiring June 5, 2019 - Robert Jackson - Mr. Jackson is a Professor at Columbia Law School and Director of its Program on Corporate Law and Policy. Mr. Jackson’s academic work focuses on corporate governance and the use of advanced data science techniques to improve transparency in securities markets. His career has spanned the public and private sectors. Mr. Jackson served as a senior advisor at the Department of the Treasury during the financial crisis, assisting Kenneth Feinberg in his work as Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation, and previously worked as a lawyer in private practice.

Small Business Administration –

  • Administrator - Linda McMahon - Co-founder and former chief executive officer of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
  • Deputy Administrator - Althea Coetzee - Rear Admiral Althea (“Allie”) Coetzee graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985 and subsequently received her MBA (Law) from National University, where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award (Criminal Law).  Ms. Coetzee transitioned into the Navy Reserve in 1993.  In her civilian capacity, she has worked in both the public and private sectors in municipal and state government, retail distribution, medical device manufacturing, and the Department of Defense. Ms. Coetzee has also worked as a small business owner. Ms. Coetzee was most recently recalled to active duty in 2011 and currently serves as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.  In this role, she facilitates the Under Secretary’s leadership of AT&L across the offices of five Assistant Secretaries of Defense, eleven directorates, and several defense agencies.
  • Chief Counsel for Advocacy - David Christian Tryon - Mr. Tryon, a litigation partner with the law firm of Porter Wright Morris and Arthur, has been practicing law for over 31 years.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and has a business degree from Brigham Young University.  He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  Mr. Tyron has served as the President of the Brecksville/Broadview Heights School Board and is currently an Executive Board Member for the Boy Scouts of America, Lake Erie Council, a member of the Ohio Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights and President of the Cleveland Lawyers Chapter for the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.  He is also a lay clergyman in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  In addition to representing both large and small corporate matters in court, Mr. Tryon has handled public interest matters on a pro bono basis.
    • Assistant Chief Counsel Office of Advocacy - Jason Doré - Mr. Doré is a former executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party.

Social Security Administration –

  • Inspector General - Gail S. Ennis - Since 1998, Ms. Ennis has worked at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, where she became a partner in 2007. Her practice focuses on securities litigation and enforcement and financial institutions, providing advice to major banks, financial institutions, and individuals in a broad range of litigation and enforcement matters. She has represented clients before Congress and a broad array of regulatory bodies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Justice, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

 

Tennessee Valley Authority

  • Member for a term expiring May 18, 2021 - Kenneth E. Allen.
  • Member for a term expiring May 18, 2021 - James R. Thompson III.
  • Member for a term expiring May 18, 2022 - A.D. Frazier.
  • Member for a term expiring May 18, 2022 - Jeffrey Smith of Tennessee.

United States Agency for International Development – Administrator - Mark Andrew Green - Ambassador Mark Green is currently serving as President of the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing citizen-responsive, citizen-centered governance around the world. In addition to his leadership of IRI, during 2011-16, he served on the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. In 2007-09, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, and oversaw major programs in the areas of global health and economic development. Prior to his role as ambassador, Mr. Green represented Wisconsin’s 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives and served on the House Judiciary and International Relations Committees. He helped craft key policy initiatives like the Millennium Challenge Act and President George W. Bush’s international AIDS program.

United States Mint – Director - David J. Ryder -  Mr. Ryder served as manager and managing director of currency for Honeywell Authentication Technologies.  Previously, Mr. Ryder served as CEO of Secure Products Corporation, which was acquired by Honeywell in 2007.  In 1991, Mr. Ryder was nominated by President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Director of the U.S. Mint.  His prior government service also included Deputy Treasurer of the United States, Assistant to the Vice President and Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Daniel Quayle.

U.S. Office of Special Counsel - Henry Kerner - Mr. Kerner graduated from Harvard Law School and spent nearly 20 years working as a career prosecutor in California. After law school, he joined the staff of the House Oversight Committee, under Chairman Darrell Issa, the chief investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives. Under Chairman Issa, and later, Chairman Chaffetz, he led investigations of the Federal bureaucracy and fought on behalf of whistleblowers to protect American taxpayers. Mr. Kerner was the Staff Director under Ranking Member Sen. John McCain of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the lead investigative committee of Congress. He then became a Vice President at Cause of Action, a nonpartisan oversight group committed to exposing waste, fraud and abuse in the Federal Government and which has worked with whistleblower and good government groups throughout the country.

United States Postal Service - Members of the Board of Governors

  • Calvin R. Tucker for the remainder of a term expiring December 8, 2023. 
  • Robert M. Duncan for the remainder of a seven-year term expiring December 8, 2018, and an additional term expiring December 8, 2025.
  • David Williams of Illinois, for the remainder of a seven-year term expiring December 8, 2019. 

United States Selective Service System – Director - Donald M. Benton - Mr. Benton served as a Senator in the Washington State legislature for 20 years from 1997 to 2017. He earlier served two terms as an elected college trustee on the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees and one term in the Washington State House of Representatives. Mr. Benton started his first company when he was 17 years old, and has built and sold several companies since. Mr. Benton served as the Director of the Clark County Environmental Services Department from 2013 to 2016. During his tenure he reduced the cost of removing hazardous waste from the waste stream while doubling citizen participation and tripling the tonnage of hazardous waste removed. Mr. Benton was also responsible for Clark County certifying more Green Schools than in any other county in Washington State. Mr. Benton also served as the White House Senior Advisor to the EPA during transition.

United States Trade Representative - Robert Lighthizer - Served under President Ronald Reagan as Deputy United States Trade Representative; Chief of Staff of the United States Senate Committee of Finance when Congress passed the Reagan program of tax cuts and spending reductions, and also aided in the passage of legislation which implemented the Tokyo Round of trade negotiations. He has also represented the United States at meetings of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and meetings related to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (the precursor to the World Trade Organization).  He has headed up the international trade law practice at Skadden, Arps Slate, Meagher and Flom.

  • Deputy United States Trade Representative for Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Industrial Competitiveness with the Rank of Ambassador - Jeffrey Gerrish - Mr. Gerrish is currently a partner in the International Trade Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He has wide-ranging experience on a variety of international trade issues. In particular, he has extensive experience litigating trade disputes before the Department of Commerce, International Trade Commission, Federal courts, North American Free Trade Agreement binational panels and the World Trade Organization. Mr. Gerrish has been appointed by the chief judge of the United States Court of International Trade to serve as a member of the Court’s Rules Advisory Committee.
  • Chief Agricultural Negotiator, with the Rank of Ambassador - Gregory Doud -  Mr. Doud is the current President of the Commodity Markets Council, where he has served since 2013.  Prior to that, he was a senior Professional Staff member of the Senate Agriculture Committee for Senator Pat Roberts and Senator Thad Cochran.  While working for the Senate Agriculture Committee, Mr. Doud assisted in drafting the 2012 Senate Farm Bill, along with legislation regarding many other issues. Mr. Doud also spent eight years as the Chief Economist for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  He has also worked for the U.S. Wheat Associates and the World Perspectives firm.  Mr. Doud was raised on a farm near Mankato, Kansas.  He owns part of his family’s farm that is more 100 years old and operated by his parents.
  • Deputy United States Trade Representative, Geneva Office, with the Rank of Ambassador - Dennis Shea - Mr. Shea is the Vice Chairman of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a Congressionally-appointed bipartisan panel that annually assesses the United States-China security, economic, and trade relationship, including China’s compliance with its WTO commitments.  He has served as the Commission Chairman or Vice Chairman each year since 2012, and as member since 2007.  Mr. Shea has extensive background in law and public policy, and previously served as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Earlier in his career, he was deputy chief of staff and counsel to then-Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.  Mr. Shea is principal and founder of Shea Public Strategies, Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Deputy United States Trade Representative, Investment, Services, Labor, Environment, Africa, China, and the Western Hemisphere, with the Rank of Ambassador - C. J. Mahoney of Kansas to be Mr. Mahoney is a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP where his practice focuses on international disputes and arbitration.  Prior to joining Williams & Connolly, Mr. Mahoney clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for Judge Alex Kozinski and at the Supreme Court of the United States for Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.  A native of Russell, Kansas, Mr. Mahoney holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal.  Mr. Mahoney also serves as a Visiting Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School, teaching a course on international arbitration.

AMBASSADORS

NATO – 

  • United States Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary - Kay Bailey Hutchison -  Kay Bailey Hutchison has been senior counsel since 2013 at Bracewell, LLP, in Dallas, Texas.  During her 20 years a U.S. Senator, she served as a member of the Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Military Construction Subcommittee of Appropriations, where she gained extensive international experience and a deep understanding of NATO.  She also served in the Texas state government as an elected State Representative and later State Treasurer.  Ms. Hutchison has served as vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

United Nations  Ambassador - Gov. Nikki Haley (South Carolina)

  • Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador and an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during his tenure of service as an Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations, Department of State. - Jay Patrick Murray - Colonel Murray is a retired United States Army Colonel who served with distinction in Iraq, the Balkans, the United States Embassy Moscow, as an adviser in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs at the Department of State, and as the United States Military Representative at the United Nations.  Colonel Murray is a published author, and is a political-military writer and commentator on TV and radio.
  • Representative of the United States on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization with the Rank of Ambassador - Thomas L. Carter - Mr. Carter, a former military and commercial pilot, retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 2009 with the rank of Major General after a 34-year career. He flew 12 years for USAirways and attained B737 Captain status. Mr. Carter served as Vice President for Government Relations at Elbit Systems of America, Arlington, Virginia (2009-2015) and President of Commonwealth Consulting Corporation, Arlington, Virginia (2005-2009). He was Senior Counselor to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) for Legislative Affairs in Baghdad, Iraq (2003-2004) and served as Assistant to the Chairman for Government Affairs of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board in Washington, D.C. Mr. Carter’s earlier government service included positions as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and a staffer for the Senate Republican Leader, Bob Dole.
  • Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador, and Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations - Kelley Eckels Currie - Ms. Currie is currently a Senior Fellow with the Project 2049 Institute, where she specializes in political reform, development and humanitarian assistance, human rights and other non-traditional security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. She previously held senior policy positions with the Department of State and several international and non-governmental human rights and humanitarian organizations. Ms. Currie also served as foreign operations appropriations associate and staff director of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus for Congressman John Porter of Illinois.
  • Representatives of the United States of America to the Seventy-second Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, with the personal Rank of Ambassador while performing the duties as the Representatives of the United States of America to the Seventy-second Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations:
    • Congressman Christopher Smith of New Jersey - Speaker of the House Rep.
    • Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California - Minority Leader of the House Rep.
    • Lloyd Claycomb of Arizona

Organization of American States - Permanent Representative of the United States with the rank of Ambassador -  Carlos Trujillo - Mr. Trujillo has been the Florida State Representative for the 105th District in the Florida House of Representatives, Tallahassee, Florida since 2010.  An attorney, he simultaneously has been the Founding Partner of Trujillo, Vargas, Gonzalez and Hevia LLP since 2011 and President of Carlos Trujillo, PA, since 2007.  Previously, he served as a Florida Assistant State Attorney at the Miami Dade County State Attorney’s Office in Miami from 2007 to 2011.  He also has been a Board Member of the Public Health Trust of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.  Mr. Trujillo earned a B.S. from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and a J.D. from Florida State College of Law in Tallahassee.  He speaks fluent Spanish.

Afghanistan – John R. Bass -  Mr. Bass, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1988.  He is currently Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, a position he has held since 2014.  He also served as Ambassador to the Republic of Georgia from 2009 to 2012.  Mr. Bass has spent much of the past decade supporting Federal Government efforts to mobilize allies and marshal resources to combat terrorism and instability in Iraq, Syria, and Southwest Asia.  He has served at six U.S. Missions overseas and in senior leadership positions at the Department of State.

Algeria – John P. Desrocher - John P. Desrocher, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1988. He is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary for Egypt and Maghreb Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State. Mr. Desrocher is a former Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General overseas at seven U.S. Missions, and a senior State Department official in Washington. He is known for his economic acumen, leadership, knowledge of the North Africa and Middle East regions and ability to manage people and resources in high-threat environments.

Angola - Nina Maria Fite - Ms. Fite, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1990. She is currently Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal, Canada, a position she has held since 2014. Ms. Fite is known for her leadership skills, knowledge of Angola, and strong record promoting United States trade and foreign direct investment, including as a negotiator in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative. She has served at seven United States Missions overseas and in senior leadership positions at the Department of State. Ms. Fite earned an M.S. at the National Defense University, an M.B.A. at Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.Arch. at Carnegie-Mellon University. She speaks Portuguese, French, Spanish, and Hungarian.

Bahrain – Justin Hicks Siberell - Mr. Siberell, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1993.  He is currently the Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State.  Through six postings in Middle East countries, Mr. Siberell has developed a deep knowledge of the Gulf States and critical American interests in the region.  He has led large, diverse organizations in Washington and abroad and has created unified, resilient, and highly productive interagency teams addressing challenges in high-threat environments.  He speaks Spanish and Arabic.

Bahamas – “Papa” Doug Manchester - Mr. Manchester is a leading industrialist with accomplishments on a national and international scale in telecommunications, radio broadcast, medical instrumentation, publishing, and real estate development.  Since 1970, he has been Chairman of Manchester Financial Group, which has multiple divisions including Manchester Grand Resorts and M Commercial Properties.  He leads the Manchester Charitable Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute.

Belgium - Jamie McCourt - Ms. McCourt, a prominent entrepreneur and attorney, has founded and directed leading entrepreneurial enterprises in Los Angeles and Boston, most recently Jamie M, LLC. She was co-owner and former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Dodgers. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Cameroon - Peter Henry Barlerin - Mr. Barlerin, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1989. He is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State, a post he has held since 2016. Mr. Barlerin also served as Deputy Chief of Mission with senior level appointments at the State Department. An economist, he has served at seven U.S. Missions overseas. He speaks French, Japanese, Spanish, and Norwegian.

Canada - Kelly Knight Craft – She was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a United States delegate to the United Nations in 2007 and she also co-founded a charity to provide food, shelter and clothing to Sri Lankan children left homeless or orphaned following the devastating Asian tsunami of 2004.  Knight Craft is married to American billionaire Joe Craft, who is the president and CEO of Alliance Resource Partners L.P., one of the largest coal producers in the eastern United States.

China – Gov. Terry Branstad (Iowa)

Costa Rica - Sharon Day Sharon Day, a former Republican National Committee co-chairwoman from Fort Lauderdale,.  She’s served on the Executive Committee of the Broward County Republican Party since 1994, and in 1996 was elected as state committeewoman for the Broward County Republican Party.

Czech Republic – Stephen B. King - Mr. King is a prominent public servant and businessman who successfully acquired, built, and sold a specialty chemical manufacturing business and founded a family investment business.  Earlier in his career, Mr. King investigated civil rights violations for the Federal Bureau Investigation, served as an investigator for the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and was named Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for liaison between USDA and the Agriculture Committees of the House and Senate.

Denmark – Carla Sands - Ms. Sands has been the Chairman of Vintage Capital Group, L.L.C in Los Angeles since 2015; a company recognized by real estate industry as a professional, ethical and highly successful real estate firm. She is also a doctor of chiropractic and has been a television and film actress. Ms. Sands is a leader in the non-profit sector, working with organizations to improve the lives of children and the underprivileged. Demonstrating her commitment to improving education, she has served as a Board Member of Pepperdine University. In addition, Ms. Sands has served on the boards of organizations supporting the arts and culture.

Djibouti – Larry Edward Andre Jr. - Mr. André, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1990. He is currently the United States Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Previously a two-time Deputy Chief of Mission with appointments to nine American missions abroad, mostly in Africa, Mr. André has held senior policy positions at the State Department in Washington. His excellent leadership skills and experience working closely with the U.S. military provide him expertise on the challenges and opportunities of the Horn-of-Africa region and deep understanding of the context of United States policy goals there.

Dominican Republic – Robin Bernstein - Ms. Bernstein has served as President and Director of Richard S. Bernstein and Associates, Inc. since 2004, and Vice President and Director of Rizbur, Inc. since 2002, both of West Palm Beach, Florida.  For four decades, she has provided leadership and management to the business, government, and the non-profit communities of Florida.  Currently, she is co-founder of Palm Beach Country Cares, a Florida relief effort for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Ms. Bernstein earned a B.A. from American University School of International Service and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.  She speaks French and basic Spanish.

Estonia – Admiral Edward Masso - Mr. Masso is a highly decorated Naval Officer who is the founder and president of Flagship Connection, a consulting company focused on business development, strategic planning, and operations analysis in the areas of missile defense, cyber security, and data analytics. During his distinguished 32-year career in the U.S. Navy, he held nine command assignments, including Commander, Navy Personnel Command/Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel. He has served in NATO and the United States European Command.

Finland – Robert Frank Pence - Mr. Pence is the founder and Chairman of the Board of The Pence Group, a full-service development company dedicated to sustainable development practices. He is actively engaged as a board member of the Gary Sinise Foundation which supports our nation’s veterans, first responders, and their families and has served on the boards of The World Affairs Council, Washington D.C, George Mason University, American University, The Kennedy Center, and the Wolf Trap Foundation. Mr. Pence is also a scholar who has been a lecturer at Georgetown University and a Teaching Fellow at Yale University. Mr. Pence earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland, a J.D. degree and two M.A. degrees from American University, and M.Phil. and M.A. degrees from Yale University.

Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe - Joel Danies - Mr. Danies, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1987.  He is currently Associate Dean of the School of Professional and Area Studies, Foreign Service Institute, at the Department of State.  Mr. Danies has served in senior-level Department of State positions at home and abroad.  He earned a master’s degree from National War College in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland, College Park.  He speaks French, Haitian-Creole and Arabic.

Guatemala - Luis E. Arreaga - Luis E. Arreaga, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1981. He is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the Department of State. A former Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission, Consul General and senior official at the State Department, Mr. Arreaga possesses cultural and linguistic fluency in the region as well as extensive leadership and interagency management expertise. He has served at eight U.S. Missions overseas and in senior leadership positions at the Department of State.

Haiti – Michele Jeanne Sison -  Ms. Sison, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, has served as an American diplomat since 1982.  She currently serves as Deputy Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, a position she has held since 2014.  A three-time Ambassador, Ms. Sison has been a leader, policymaker, and manager of complex programs in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and in Washington, D.C.  She has served at eleven U.S. Missions overseas and in senior leadership positions at the Department of State.  Ms. Sison earned a B.A. from Wellesley College.  She speaks fluent French and basic Haitian Creole and Arabic.

India – Kenneth I. Juster - Mr. Juster most recently served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. Mr. Juster has previously served as Under Secretary of Commerce from 2001-2005, Counselor (acting) of the State Department from 1992-1993, and deputy and senior adviser to the Deputy Secretary of State from 1989-1992. In the private sector, he has been a partner at the investment firm Warburg Pincus LLC, Executive Vice President at Salesforce.com, and senior partner at the law firm Arnold & Porter. He has also served as Chairman of Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and as Vice Chairman of The Asia Foundation.

Israel - David Friedman - Founding partner of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP

Italy – and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of San Marino - Lewis M. Eisenberg - Mr. Eisenberg is a prominent American financier, investor, and philanthropist.  Co-founder and managing partner of Ironhill Investments in New York, he has a record of engaging with State and local governments on complex issues.  Mr. Eisenberg was the Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for six years and was named a Founding Board Member of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, where he chaired its 9/11 Victims’ Families and Transportation Advisory Councils.  He is an Emeritus Member of Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management Advisory Council and Life Member of the Cornell University Council.

Japan - William Francis Hagerty - Bill Hagerty began his career with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 1984 as an International Management Consultant and spent three years in Japan managing BCG’s business with western clients throughout Japan and Asia. In 1991, Mr. Hagerty moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a White House Fellow reporting to the Vice President and focusing on international trade, commerce, treasury, defense, and telecom. Mr. Hagerty returned to the private sector in 1993 and served as CEO and board member of companies with extensive operations in Asia and Europe. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Hagerty served in the Tennessee Governor’s Cabinet as Secretary for Trade and Commerce. During his tenure, Tennessee was the top state for jobs and economic growth from 2013 to 2015 and led the nation in foreign direct investment, 60% of which came from Japan. Mr. Hagerty has BS and JD degrees from Vanderbilt University. He and his wife, Chrissy, live in Nashville with their four children.

Lesotho – Rebecca Eliza Gonzales - Ms. Gonzales, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1992. She is currently the Chief of Staff of the Bureau of Administration at the Department of State. In previous positions as a Management Officer and senior official at the State Department, she is known for her leadership, crisis management skills and knowledge of Africa. She speaks Spanish and Greek.

Luxembourg - James Randolph Evans - Mr. Evans is a distinguished attorney, author and public servant. He is currently a partner in the global law firm, Dentons US LLP, which has offices in over 90 countries, and co-chairs the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission. Mr. Evans was Counsel to the Office of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 – 2007. Mr. Evans has been a leader in both the American Bar Association and the Georgia Bar Association serving in senior positions in both. He has co-authored eight books and is a syndicated columnist writing on ethics, climate change and current events.

Mauritius and Seychelles - David Dale Reimer - Mr. Reimer, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1991. He is currently the Director of the Office of West African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State, a position he has held since 2015. A former Deputy Chief of Mission and Office Director, Mr. Reimer is known for his extensive knowledge of Africa and outstanding leadership skills, particularly in high-threat environments. He earned an M.P.I.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. from Goshen College. He speaks French, Italian and German.

Mauritania – Michael James Dodman -  Mr. Dodman, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, is currently Executive Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment at the Department of State.  A career diplomat since 1987, Mr. Dodman’s previous assignments include Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi, Pakistan; Economic Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the European Union; and Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

Namibia - Lisa A. Johnson - Ms. Johnson, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1992. She is currently Chargé d’ Affaires at U.S. Embassy Nassau. As a senior official at the State Department, National Security Council, and Vice President’s Office, Ms. Johnson demonstrated leadership of interagency teams, crisis management expertise, and a breadth of experience. She has served at six U.S. Missions overseas, including two in Africa.

Netherlands – Peter Hoekstra - Mr. Hoekstra is a prominent politician and business executive who served as a member of Congress from 1993-2011, representing Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District.  He was the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 2004 to 2007 and then the ranking Republican on the Committee until 2011.  Mr. Hoekstra continues to be active on public policy issues and in business affairs as a consultant, researcher, and writer.  He was a distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a Shillman Senior Fellow at the Investigative Project on Terrorism. 

New Zealand - Scott Brown - Mr. Brown is a lawyer and former United States Senator. Mr. Brown served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard before receiving his law degree from Boston College Law School. He then went on to serve in the Massachusetts legislature for over a decade before winning the special election for Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat in 2010. Since serving in the Senate, Mr. Brown has been a political contributor for Fox News.

Niger – Eric P. Whitaker - Mr. Whitaker, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1990. He is currently the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Africa and the Sudans in the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State. A two-time Deputy Chief of Mission overseas and a senior official at the Department of State at home and abroad, his diplomatic career has been diverse, and included consular, economic, commercial, political, and refugee assignments. He has served at U.S. embassies in ten African countries and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. Mr. Whitaker earned an M.P.P. from Princeton University, an M.P.A from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.S. and B.S. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French, Visayan, and Korean.

Norway – Kenneth J. Braithwaite - Mr. Braithwaite, a distinguished 27-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve, currently serves as Group Senior Vice President for Vizient, a healthcare strategy and performance improvement company. He completed his military service in 2011 as the Navy’s Vice Chief of Information. Immediately prior, he served as Commanding Officer, Joint Public Affairs Expeditionary Support Element (Reserve), Joint Forces Command. In that role, he deployed to Pakistan as the overall Director of Strategic Communications supporting work of the American Embassy. Earlier, Mr. Braithwaite served as Commanding Officer, Navy Combat Camera deployed in combat operations to Iraq. He also served as Executive Director, Delaware Valley Healthcare Council; Vice President, Government Affairs, Ascension Health and State Director to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA). Mr. Braithwaite received his B.S degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, his pilot wings as a Naval Aviator and an M.G.A from the University of Pennsylvania.

Paraguay – M. Lee McClenny - Mr. McClenny, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, began his public service with the U.S. Information Agency in 1986.  He is currently the Chargé d’Affaires e.p. of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela.  He has previously served overseas in Kuala Lumpur, Montreal, Manila, London, Brussels, Guatemala City, Belgrade and Ottawa, as well as in leadership positions at the Department of State and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  Mr. McClenny is a recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, and numerous performance awards from the Department of State and U.S. Information Agency.  He received a B.A. from the University of Washington, and speaks Spanish, French, and some Serbo-Croatian and Russian.

Portugal – George Edward Glass - Mr. Glass has been Owner & Managing Partner since 2015 of MGG Development LLC in Lake Oswego, Oregon, a commercial enterprise that purchases and operates apartment complexes and rental homes. He was Founder, President and Vice Chairman of Pacific Crest Securities in Portland, Oregon from 1990 to 2014. Mr. Glass is a trustee for Oregon Health Sciences University and was formerly a trustee for the University of Oregon.

Russia - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. - Governor Jon Huntsman has had a distinguished career as a politician, diplomat, and businessman. He currently serves as Chairman of both the Atlantic Council, a premier foreign policy think tank, and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. His robust record of public service includes service as U.S. Ambassador to China and to Singapore, Deputy United States Trade Representative, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development. He was also twice elected Governor of Utah. In the private sector he is a director on numerous corporate boards including Hilton, Chevron, Ford Motor Company, and Caterpillar. He and his wife Mary Kaye are the parents of seven children.

Rwanda – Peter Hendrick Vrooman - Mr. Vrooman, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1991.  He most recently served as Chargé d’Affaires from 2016 to 2017 and Deputy Chief of Mission from 2014 to 2016 at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Mr. Vrooman has held senior positions with the Department of State at home and at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, as well as overseas.  He has served at seven embassies in Africa, the Near East and South Asia.  Mr. Vrooman possesses a deep knowledge of East African issues, expertise in UN peacekeeping, strong management and public diplomacy credentials, and economic/commercial advocacy experience.  He earned a M.S from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a B.A. from Harvard College.  He speaks French and Arabic.

Sierra Leone – Maria E. Brewer -  Ms. Brewer, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1996. She is currently the Deputy Director of the Career Development and Assignments Division of the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State. She has served at six United States Missions abroad and in senior leadership positions at the Department of State.

Singapore - Kathleen Troia (“K.T.”) McFarland - Ms. McFarland currently serves as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor. As a highly-respected national security professional, Ms. McFarland has provided extensive analysis for Fox News. She served in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations on the National Security Council, and in the Department of Defense before joining the Trump Administration.

South Sudan – Thomas J. Hushek - Mr. Hushek, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1988. He is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (Acting Assistant Secretary) in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the Department of State. A three-time Deputy Chief of Mission and senior official at the State Department, he has extensive experience in management and communications, coordination of humanitarian programs, and crisis management. Mr. Hushek has served at eight U.S. Missions overseas. He speaks Russian and Persian (Dari).

Spain and concurrently Andorra – Duke Buchan III - Mr. Buchan is the Founder and CEO of Hunter Global Investors L.P. Hunter manages multiple funds that invest in a range of asset classes globally, including real estate. Mr. Buchan and his family own and manage farms that grow over a 100 varieties of heirloom vegetables and raise horses. He is active in a number of educational and philanthropic causes. As an example, he established the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC) largest single endowment focused on Spanish languages, literature, and culture. He speaks Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Catalan.

Swiss Confederation and Lichtenstein – Edward T. McMullen, Jr. - Mr. McMullen has served in public policy, political, and business positions for 31 years. Currently, he is President of McMullen Public Affairs with offices in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. The firm is a full service advertising and corporate public affairs company that implements advertising, alliance development, corporate communications, predictive data analytics, and strategic consulting solutions for challenging business and public policy environments. Clients have included several fortune 100 companies. Mr. McMullen has been appointed by South Carolina state leaders to serve on key statewide boards and commissions.

Timor–Leste – Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick - Ms. Fitzpatrick, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1983. She is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State. Her languages include Spanish, French, Russian, Dutch and some Arabic.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland  - Robert Wood Johnson IV - Mr. Johnson has served for more than thirty years as the Chairman and CEO of The Johnson Company, New York, NY, a private asset management firm. Since 2000, he has also been Chairman and CEO of the New York Jets and the Chairman and CEO of the New York Jets Foundation. Mr. Johnson is the Founding Chairman of Lupus Research Alliance, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of lupus. He has served on the President’s Export Council and the President’s Commission on White House Fellows. Mr. Johnson earned a B.A from the University of Arizona.

Vatican - Callista L. Gingrich - Ms. Gingrich has been the President and CEO of Gingrich Productions, a multimedia production and consulting company in Arlington, Virginia, since 2007. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling “Ellis the Elephant” children’s series and co-author of “Rediscovering God in America.” Ms. Gingrich also produces and hosts historical and public policy documentary films. She served as a congressional aide in the U.S. House of Representatives and is President of The Gingrich Foundation, which supports charitable causes.

Vietnam - Daniel J. Kritenbrink - Mr. Kritenbrink, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1994. He is currently the Senior Advisor for North Korea Policy at the Department of State. A former Deputy Chief of Mission in Beijing, China, Mr. Kritenbrink has held senior leadership positions at the Department of State and served as a Senior Director at the National Security Council. He has two decades of experience overseas and in Washington working on Asian affairs as a policy maker, analyst, and practitioner. He speaks Chinese and Japanese.

Zambia - Daniel Lewis Foote - Mr. Foote, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1998. He is currently a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the Department of State. A two-time Deputy Chief of Mission overseas, Mr. Foote has held diverse senior foreign policy positions at home and abroad and is known for his leadership acumen, judgment, and management of several of the United States Government’s largest overseas programs in some of the world’s most challenging, high-threat environments.

[1] While publicly reported, the appointment has not yet been announced on the Trump Transition website.

[2] While publicly reported, the appointment has not yet been announced on the Trump Transition website.

[3] While publicly reported, the appointment has not yet been announced on the Trump Transition website.

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