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For Immediate Release

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts 5/18/2011

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:
 

  • David S. Adams, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of State
  • Luis A. Aguilar, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Marcos Edward Galindo, Member, Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
  • John A. Heffern, Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, Department of State
  • Harry Hoglander, Member, National Mediation Board
  • Gregory Karawan, Member, Board of Directors of the Securities Industry Investor Corporation
  • Patricia M. Loui, Member, Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Maria E. Ruess, Member, Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
  • Susan L. Ziadeh, Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Department of State

 
President Obama said, “It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join this Administration to serve the American people. 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:

David S. Adams, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of State
David S. Adams has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for House Affairs in the U.S. Department of State since April 2009.   Prior to this role, Mr. Adams served in a number of capacities for Representative Gary L. Ackerman and the House Foreign Affairs Committee since 1985, most recently as the Staff Director for the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.   Mr. Adams received a B.A. from the University of Connecticut, an M.A. from American University, and an M.B.A. from Loyola College of Baltimore.

Luis A. Aguilar, Nominee for Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
Luis A. Aguilar is a Commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to his appointment as an SEC Commissioner, Mr. Aguilar was a partner with the international law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP, specializing in securities law. Commissioner Aguilar's previous experience includes serving as the general counsel, executive vice president, and corporate secretary of INVESCO. His career also includes tenure as a partner at several prominent national law firms and as an attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He received a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law, and also received a master of laws degree in taxation from Emory University.
 
Marcos Edward Galindo, Nominee for Member, Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
Marcos Edward Galindo is currently a faculty member and Director of the Natural Resources Tribal Cooperative at the University of Idaho Aquaculture Research Institute.  Dr. Galindo is also an affiliate faculty member in the biology department at Idaho State University and an affiliate faculty member in the physics department at Utah State University.  Dr. Galindo previously worked as a science teacher at Shoshone-Bannock High School at Fort Hall, Idaho for almost twenty years.  Dr. Galindo has extensive research and educational experience working with Native American students.  While serving as chairman of the science department on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, he was twice elected as the National Indian Teacher of the Year, awarded by the National Indian School Board Association.  Dr. Galindo obtained a Ph.D. as a NASA fellow at Utah State University, an M.S. from Idaho State University, a B.S. from the University of Idaho, and an A.S. from the College of Southern Idaho.
 
John A. Heffern, Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, Department of State
John A. Heffern is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Mission at USNATO, Brussels.  Prior to his current post, Mr. Heffern served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Executive Assistant to the Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia.  Mr. Heffern’s career has also included overseas assignments to Japan, Malaysia, Ivory Coast and Guangzhou, China. From 1994-1996, Mr. Heffern served as a Pearson Fellow on the Asia Sub-Committee for the House International Relations Committee.  Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Mr. Heffern served in the Office of Senator John C. Danforth as the Senator’s Office Director and Research Assistant.   Mr. Heffern received a B.A. from Michigan State University.
 
Harry Hoglander, Nominee for Member, National Mediation Board
Harry Hoglander is currently the Chairman of the National Mediation Board, where he facilitates the resolution of labor-management disputes in the railroad and airline industries.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Hoglander served as a Legislative Specialist in the Office of Congressman John Tierney of Massachusetts with a focus on transportation, including aviation, rail and maritime, labor, defense and Veterans issues.  He also has an extensive background in the aviation industry and labor relations, having flown as a Captain for Trans World Airline (TWA) and being elected Master Chairman of TWA’s Master Executive Council, as well as Executive Vice-President of the Air Line Pilots Association.  After leaving TWA, Mr. Hoglander was named Aviation Labor Representative to the United States Bi-Lateral Negotiating Team by then Secretary of State James Baker.  He was also a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel.  Mr. Hoglander holds a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Gregory Karawan, Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the Securities Industry Investor Corporation
Gregory Karawan is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Retirement and Protection at Genworth Financial, Inc. Prior to joining Genworth, Mr. Karawan was at the law firm of Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal, where he served as a partner from 1994 to 2000. Mr. Karawan was an Associate at the law firm of Ashinoff Ross & Korff from 1988-1990. He serves as a Trustee of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Virginia State Bar Board of Governors Corporate Counsel Division. Mr. Karawan received a B.A. in Economics from SUNY Binghamton, and a J.D. from Fordham Law School in 1988.
 
Patricia M. Loui, Nominee for Member, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Patricia M. Loui is the Founder and Chair of OmniTrak Group Inc., an international marketing and research consultancy focused on Hawai'i and Asia. She has consulted on market growth strategies in East Asia, South Asia, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Formerly president of the East West Center Association, Ms. Loui previously served as Vice President of Marketing, Planning, and Development at the Bank of Hawai'i and as a United Nations Development Programme and UNESCO development planner in Asia. Ms. Loui received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University and an M.S. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai’i.
 
Maria E. Ruess, Nominee for Member, Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
Maria E. Ruess is the Vice President of Business Development & Strategy for Integrated Defense Technologies under Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors.  She is a former high school Physics and Spanish teacher and was a volunteer “Hands-on-Science” teacher at her local elementary school for nine years.  She volunteers in mentoring and roundtable events with young professionals at Lockheed Martin, with the Hispanic College Fund scholarship recipients, and with the Hispanic Congressional Caucus fellows.  Ms. Ruess is a member of the Board of Directors for Great Minds in STEM, the chair of the Hispanic Leadership Council at Lockheed Martin, a member of the Executive Diversity Council at Lockheed Martin, and a member of the Women’s Success Forum. She has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.
 
Susan L. Ziadeh, Nominee for Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Department of State
Susan L. Ziadeh is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Currently she serves as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia.  Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Ziadeh served as the Official Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq from 2008 to 2009.  From 2004 to 2007 Ms. Ziadeh served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain.  Ms. Ziadeh’s career has also included overseas tours in Kuwait, Jordan and Jerusalem.   Ms. Ziadeh worked in Washington from 2001 to 2003 and served as the Desk Officer for Jordan.  Ms. Ziadeh earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and a B.A. from the University of Washington.  She is a 2004 Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, National Defense University with an M.S. in National Security Studies.