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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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

  • Steven Anthony – Member, Railroad Retirement Board
  • Susan McCue – Member, Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Deb Miller  – Member, Surface Transportation Board
  • Catherine Ann Novelli – Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, 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:

Steven Anthony, Nominee for Member, Railroad Retirement Board

Steven Anthony most recently served as Senior General Counsel and Secretary for the Norfolk Southern Corporation from 2007 to 2012.  Previously, Mr. Anthony was a Washington Representative for Norfolk Southern from 1997 to 2007.  He was General Counsel of Norfolk Southern from 1981 to 1997.  From 1978 to 1981, Mr. Anthony was Secretary and General Counsel of the Illinois Terminal Railroad.  He was a General Attorney at Illinois Terminal Railroad in 1976.  Mr. Anthony received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and a J.D. from the University of Tulsa.

Susan McCue, Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation

Susan McCue is President of Message Global, a strategic advocacy firm she founded in 2008.  In 2006, she became the founding President and CEO of the ONE Campaign.  From 1999 to 2007, Ms. McCue served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Previously, from 1997 to 1998, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  From 1992 to 1997, she was Senator Reid’s Communications Director.  Ms. McCue was Press Secretary for Senator Tom Harkin’s 1996 Senate campaign.  She began her career as a research assistant for reporters at the National Journal and The New York Times.  Ms. McCue is also a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is the Vice Chair of Humanity United.  She received a B.A. from Rutgers University.

Deb Miller, Nominee for Member, Surface Transportation Board

Deb Miller is a Senior Associate for Cambridge Systematics, Inc., a position she has held since 2012.  Prior to this, Ms. Miller served as Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) from 2003 to 2011.  From 1998 to 2003, she was a Senior Planner for the HNTB Corporation.  Ms. Miller was the Director of Planning and Development at KDOT from 1986 to 1997, and she served as Special Assistant to the Kansas Secretary of Transportation from 1984 to 1986.  From 1980 to 1984, Ms. Miller served as a Policy Aide in the Office of Governor John Carlin.  She was a Management Development Trainee at Southwestern Bell from 1978 to 1980 and the Executive Director of the Associated Students of Kansas from 1977 to 1978.  Ms. Miller received a B.A. in Sociology from Kansas State University.

Catherine Ann Novelli, Nominee for Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Department of State

Catherine Ann Novelli is Vice President of Worldwide Government Affairs at Apple, Inc., a position she has held since 2007.  Previously, Ms. Novelli was a partner at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, LLP from 2005 to 2007.  From 1991 to 2005, she served at the Office of the United States Trade Representative and from 1997 to 2005, she was the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Mediterranean.  From 1985 to 1991, Ms. Novelli served in the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Commerce.  From 1982 to 1985, she practiced law in the Washington D.C. office of Debovoise and Librman.  Ms. Novelli received a B.A. from Tufts University, a J.D. from the University of Michigan, and a LL.M. from the University of London.