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President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:
- Christopher Hart – Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
- John W. Leslie, Jr. – Member, Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation, and upon appointment to be designated Chairperson
President Obama also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:
- Donald L. Pereira – Commissioner, United States Section of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission
- Douglas L. Stang – Commissioner, United States Section of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission
President Obama said, “These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles. Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”
President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:
Christopher Hart, Nominee for Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
Christopher Hart is currently a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), where he has served since 2009. He is also Vice Chairman of the NTSB, a position he held since October 2013 and previously from 2009 to 2013. Prior to joining the NTSB, Mr. Hart was the Deputy Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from 2005 to 2009 and was the Assistant Administrator for System Safety at the FAA from 1995 to 2005. From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Hart was Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He was a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board from 1990 to 1993. He was Managing Partner at Hart & Chavers from 1981 to 1990 and Associate Attorney at Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin from 1979 to 1981. Mr. Hart served as the Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Environmental, Civil Rights, and General Law at the Department of Transportation from 1977 to 1979. Mr. Hart was an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Air Transport Association of America from 1976 to 1977 and an Associate Attorney at Peabody, Rivlin, Lambert & Meyers from 1973 to 1976. He is a licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. Mr. Hart received a B.S.E. and M.S. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
John W. Leslie, Jr., Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation, and upon appointment to be designated Chairperson
John W. Leslie, Jr. is currently Chairman of Weber Shandwick, a position he has held since 2001. He has also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation since 2003 and as its Chairperson since 2009. From 1985 to 2001, Mr. Leslie was President of Bozell Sawyer Miller. Previously, Mr. Leslie was Chairman of the Board of the United States Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and a participant in UNHCR Missions to Afghanistan in 1998, Kosovo in 1999, and Tanzania in 2001. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Chairman of the U.S. Agency for International Development Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. Mr. Leslie received a B.S. from Georgetown University.
President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:
Dr. Donald L. Pereira, Appointee for Commissioner, United States Section of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Dr. Donald L. Pereira is Chief of the Section of Fisheries at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a position he has held since 2013. He has held various positions at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 1983, including Fisheries Research and Policy Manager, Fisheries Research Program Supervisor, and Senior Fisheries Research Biologist. He was a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Minnesota from 1987 to 1991. Dr. Pereira joined the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission’s Council of Lake Committees in 2007, and served as its Vice Chairman from 2011 to 2013 before becoming Chairman. He also served on the Great Lakes Fishery Commission’s Board of Technical Experts from 2009 to 2013. Dr. Pereira received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Vermont and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.
Douglas L. Stang, Appointee for Commissioner, United States Section of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Douglas L. Stang is Assistant Director for Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, a position he has held since 2007. He has held multiple positions at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation since 1985, including Chief of the Bureau of Fisheries, Supervising Aquatic Biologist, and Senior Aquatic Biologist. Previously, he was a Research Associate at Iowa State University from 1982 to 1985 and a Graduate Research Assistant from 1980 to 1982. Mr. Stang began his career as Fisheries Technician at the Virginia Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries in 1978. He is a Life Member of the American Fisheries Society and served as President of its Fisheries Administration Section from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Stang received a B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an M.S. in Fishery Biology from Iowa State University.