President Biden Announces Key Appointments to Boards and Commissions
WASHINGTON – Today, President Biden announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to serve in key roles:
- Kristen Clarke, Member, Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States
- Fernando Raul Laguarda, Member, Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States
- Anne Joseph O’Connell, Member, Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States
- Jonathan Su, Member, Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States
- Bryan Clark Green, Commissioner, National Capital Planning Commission
- Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Commissioner, National Capital Planning Commission
- Anne M. Finucane, Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board
Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States
Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) is an independent federal agency charged with convening expert representatives from the public and private sectors to recommend improvements to administrative process and procedure. ACUS initiatives promote efficiency, participation, and fairness in the promulgation of federal regulations and in the administration of federal programs. The ten-member ACUS Council is composed of government officials and private citizens.
Kristen Clarke, Member, Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States
Kristen Clarke is the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice. In this role, she leads the Justice Department’s broad federal civil rights enforcement efforts and works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all who live in America. Clarke is a lifelong civil rights lawyer who has spent her entire career in public service. She most recently served as President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations founded at the request of John F. Kennedy.
Fernando Raul Laguarda, Member, Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States
Fernando Laguarda is General Counsel at AmeriCorps. Prior to his current role, he was Faculty Director of the Program on Law and Government and a Professor at American University Washington College of Law, where he taught and developed courses in administrative law, legislation, and antitrust, and launched the law school’s LLM in Legislation. Laguarda also founded the nation’s first student-centered initiative to study the work of government oversight entities and was faculty advisor to the Latino Law Students Association. Fernando has worked in the telecommunications industry and as a partner at two different Washington, D.C. law firms focusing on technology and competition law. He was a Founder, served as General Counsel, and eventually became Board Chair, of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Laguarda has also served as a member of numerous non-profit, civil rights, academic, and advisory boards. Laguarda received his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and his A.B. cum laude in government from Harvard College.
Anne Joseph O’Connell, Member, Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States
Anne Joseph O’Connell, a lawyer and social scientist, is the Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law at Stanford University. Her research and teaching focuses on administrative law and public administration. She is a three-time recipient of the American Bar Association’s Scholarship Award in Administrative Law for the best article or book published in the preceding year, and a two-time winner of the Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law from the American Constitution Society. O’Connell joined the Gellhorn and Byse’s Administrative Law: Cases and Comments casebook as a co-editor with the twelfth edition. Most recently, her work has focused on acting officials and delegations of authority in federal agencies. Her research has been cited by Congress, the Supreme Court, lower federal courts, and the national media. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration.
Before entering law school teaching, O’Connell clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Judge Stephen F. Williams and served as a trial attorney for the Federal Programs Branch of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. A Truman Scholar, she worked for a number of federal agencies in earlier years. O’Connell received a B.A. in Mathematics from Williams College, an M.Phil. in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.
Jonathan Su, Member, Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States
Jonathan Su most recently served as Deputy Counsel to the President. Prior to his service at the White House, Su was the Deputy Office Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he was also a partner in the White Collar Defense & Investigations practice. During the Obama-Biden Administration, Su served as Special Counsel to the President. Su was also a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. He served as a law clerk for U.S. Circuit Judge Ronald M. Gould and U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook, Jr. Su is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Georgetown University Law Center.
National Capital Planning Commission
Established by Congress in 1924, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) is the federal government’s central planning agency for the National Capital Region. Through planning, policymaking, and project review, NCPC protects and advances the federal government’s interest in the region’s development. The Commission provides overall planning guidance for federal land and buildings in the region by reviewing the design of federal and certain local projects, overseeing long-range planning for future development, and monitoring capital investment by federal agencies. The 12-member Commission represents federal and local constituencies with a stake in planning for the nation’s capital.
Bryan Clark Green, Commissioner, National Capital Planning Commission
Bryan Green leverages his expertise as an educator, writer, and practicing preservationist to embrace the role of architecture in America’s larger story. He began his career at the Virginia Historical Society, worked for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, was a Senior Associate and Director of Historic Preservation at Commonwealth Architects. He later joined the Tidewater and Big Bend Foundation as Executive Director. Green is the author of the forthcoming work, In Jefferson’s Shadow: The Architecture of Thomas R. Blackburn, co-author of Lost Virginia: Vanished Architecture of the Old Dominion, After the Monuments Fall: The Removal of Confederate Monuments from the American South (LSU Press), with Kathleen James-Chakraborty and Katherine Kuenzli. Green graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s in History and obtained his Master’s and Ph.D. in Architectural History at the University of Virginia.
He serves as Chair, Preservation Officer, and ex officio member the Board at the Heritage Conservation Committee of the Society of Architectural Historians. He co-chairs the Publications Committee of the Association Preservation Technology International and serves on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Citizens Advisory Council on Furnishing and Interpreting the Executive Mansion, and formerly served on the City of Richmond Commission of Architectural Review and Urban Design committees. Green’s longstanding commitment to this work led him to Honorary Membership in both the Virginia Society and the Richmond Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Commissioner, National Capital Planning Commission
Elizabeth M. Hewlett is an attorney and servant of the public interest. She recently retired from her second tenure as the Chairman of the Prince George’s County Planning Board and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. She has represented Maryland on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and served as a Principal at Shipley, Horne and Hewlett, P.A., a law firm where she represented individuals, businesses, and real estate clients while also rendering many community-centric pro bono services. Hewlett has participated in or led dozens of public boards, civic groups, and key initiatives, including the Prince George’s County Census effort, the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners, and as a member of the Governor’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission.
Throughout her career, Hewlett has also been a contributor to several legal and professional organizations, including: National Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has been awarded many awards, including the Wayne K. Curry Distinguished Service Award, the National Bar Association Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, and the J. Joseph Curran Award for Public Service. She is a graduate of Tufts University, Boston College Law School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program at Harvard University.
President’s Intelligence Advisory Board
The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board is an independent element within the Executive Office of the President. The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board exists exclusively to assist the President by providing the President with an independent source of advice on the effectiveness with which the Intelligence Community is meeting the nation’s intelligence needs and the vigor and insight with which the community plans for the future. The President is able to appoint up to 16 members of the Board.
Anne M. Finucane, Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board
Anne Finucane currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Bank of America Europe. She also serves on the board of Bank of America Securities Europe SA, the bank’s EU broker-dealer in Paris. Finucane served as the first woman Vice Chairman of Bank of America. She led the company’s strategic positioning and global sustainable and climate finance work, environmental, social and governance (ESG), capital deployment and public policy efforts. She is widely recognized for pioneering sustainable finance in the banking industry. For most of her career, Finucane also oversaw marketing, communications, and data and analytics at the company, and is credited with leading Bank of America’s successful efforts to reposition the company and repair its reputation after the 2008 financial crisis.
Finucane serves on a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards of directors, including CVS Health, Williams Sonoma, Mass General Brigham Healthcare, Special Olympics, the (RED) Advisory Board, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She previously served on the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Finucane has consistently been highlighted in “most powerful women” lists, including in the American Banker, Fortune, and Forbes. In 2021, she received the Carnegie Hall Medal of Honor, and in 2019 she was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Fame, and received the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Inspired Leadership.