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Obama to Add 13 More to Administration

By Ed O'Keefe

President Obama intends to nominate 13 more individuals to his administration, filling positions at the departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Labor, State, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Legal Services Corporation and Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Highlights from the bios of the nominees appear below. Track the progress of all Obama nominees with The Washington Post's Head Count project.

Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary, Department of Energy: He's been a principal of The Scowcroft Group and was previously a partner in the law firm of Hogan & Hartson. From 1993 through 1996, he served as special assistant to the president and senior director for nonproliferation and export controls at the National Security Council. He's an adjunct senior fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.

Fred P. Hochberg, President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States: Formerly the dean of the New School for Management and Urban Policy with more than 30 years of experience in business, government, civil rights, and philanthropy. From 1998 through 2001, he served as deputy then acting administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and prior to that was president and COO of the Lillian Vernon Corporation, transforming it from a small family mail order company into a publicly traded direct marketing company. He sits on several borads, including the Port Authority of New Jersey.

Francisco “Frank” J. Sánchez, Under Secretary for International Trade, Commerce Department: Served as policy adviser on Latin America to the Obama For America Campaign and was also chairman of the National Hispanic Leadership Council for the Obama Campaign. He served in the Clinton administration as special assistant working in the Office of the Special Envoy for the Americas and as assistant secretary of Transportation focusing on aviation policy and oversaw international negotiations. Before government work, he advised the president of Ecuador in negotiations to settle the 56-year-old border dispute with Peru.

Miriam E. Sapiro, Deputy Trade Representative: She's president of Summit Strategies International, which advises non-profit organizations and companies on international Internet and telecommunications policy issues and has previously served Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. She has taught international law at New York University School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Columbia University.

Judith A. McHale, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, State Department: She's the former president and CEO of Discovery Communications, helping launch more than 100 channels in 35 languages reaching 1 billion subscribers. The daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, McHale was born in New York City and grew up in Britain and apartheid-era South Africa. Before joining Discovery, she was general counsel MTV Networks and helped guide its international expansion.

Philip J. “P.J.” Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, State Department: A senior fellow director of Homeland Security at the Center for American Progress, he's a frequent public commentator on a wide range of national security issues. He held several national security roles in the Clinton administration and served as a spokesman for the U.S. government for 28 years, including three at the White House and 11 at the Pentagon. During the Kosovo conflict in 1999, he was temporarily assigned to work with then NATO Secretary General Javier Solana in Brussels.

Bonnie D. Jenkins, Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs (with the Rank of Ambassador), State Department: She's a program officer for U.S. Foreign and Security policy at the Ford Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as counsel to the 9/11 Commission and wrote part of the report. She recently served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves and completed a year of deployment at CENTCOM. Jenkins is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the American Bar Association.

Thomasina Rogers, Chairman, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission: She's already a member of the commission, first appointed to it by President Clinton in 1998 and served as chairman from 1999 to 2002. She was reappointed in 2003. Rogers previously served as legal counsel to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she had primary responsibility for managing the development of the Americans With Disabilities Act employment regulations.

Lorelei Boylan, Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Labor Department: She currently holds a similar position with the New York State Department of Labor. She previously worked as an assistant attorney general in the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Boylan speaks Spanish and French fluently.

David F. Heyman, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security: He's a senior fellow and director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Homeland Security Program and an adjunct professor in security studies at Georgetown University. Before joining CSIS, he was a senior adviser to the energy secretary and at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on national security and international affairs. He's testified before a number of committees in Congress and has appeared in various media outlets, including the Federal Eye blog.

Andrew C. Weber, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs): He's an adviser for threat reduction policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, responsible for Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction initiatives to reduce the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He was previously a Foreign Service Officer with diplomatic assignments in Saudi Arabia, Germany, Kazakhstan, and Hong Kong.

Stephen W. Preston, General Counsel, CIA: He's a partner at WilmerHale, where he co-chairs the Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice Group and is a member of the Regulatory and Government Affairs and Litigation/Controversy Departments. He was the Principal deputy general counsel of DOD from 1993 to 1995, serving briefly as acting general counsel. From 1998 to 2000, Preston served as general counsel of the Department of the Navy.From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Preston served as the deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department.

Laurie Mikva, Board Member, Legal Services Corporation: She previously worked in Champaign, Ill. as a staff attorney at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation and helped establish the Domestic Violence Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Law. Between 1988 and 1991 she worked as an assistant public defender in Urbana, Ill.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 15, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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