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For Immediate Release

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:

  • Robert W. Holleyman II – Deputy United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, Office of the United States Trade Representative
  • Lisa S. Disbrow – Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management, Department of Defense
  • Laura Junor  – Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense
  • Karen Kornbluh  – Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors

President Obama also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Leslie Meyers – Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council
  • Janet Hill –Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Michael Lombardo –Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Rose Kennedy Schlossberg – General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Susan S. Sher – General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • John W. Rogers, Jr. – Chair, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • José Cisneros – Vice Chair, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Theodore J. Beck – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Sherry Salway Black – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • John Hope Bryant – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Anna Maria Chávez – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Kerry N. Doi – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Ted Gonder – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Richard G. Ketchum – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Beth Kobliner – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Kilandigalu (Kay) M. Madati – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Marc H. Morial – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Carol E. Quillen – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Amy Rosen – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Charles W. Scharf – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

President Obama also announced his appointment of the following individual to a key Administration post:

  • Joe Echevarria – Member, President’s Export Council

President Obama said, “These dedicated and accomplished individuals will be valued additions to my Administration as we tackle the important challenges facing America. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Robert W. Holleyman II, Nominee for Deputy United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, Office of the United States Trade Representative

Robert W. Holleyman II is currently the CEO and Founder of Cloud4Growth, a cloud technology development company.  Prior to founding Cloud4Growth in 2013, Mr. Holleyman was the President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance from 1990 to 2013.  Previously, Mr. Holleyman served as Senior Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.  Before serving as Senior Counsel, Mr. Holleyman was Legislative Director and Assistant to former U.S. Senator Russell B. Long.  Mr. Holleyman received a B.A. from Trinity University and a J.D. from Louisiana State University.

Lisa S. Disbrow, Nominee for Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management, Department of Defense

Lisa S. Disbrow is a member of the Senior Executive Service and a retired Air Force Reserve Colonel.  Currently, she serves as the Vice Director for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment of the Joint Staff’s J8 Directorate, a position she has held since 2009.  From 2007 to 2009, she served as the Principal Deputy for Force Management.  She has served in the J8 Directorate since 1995.  From 2006 to 2007, she was detailed to the National Security Council as the Special Advisor for Policy Implementation and Execution to the President's National Security Advisor.  From 2003 to 2006, she served as Deputy Director for Wargaming, Simulation, and Analysis in the Joint Staff/J8.  Following active duty, Ms. Disbrow served in the National Reconnaissance Office as a Senior Systems Engineer from 1992 to 1995.  On active duty, Ms. Disbrow served in multiple capacities as an operational planner, electronic intelligence analyst, and programming officer.  Ms. Disbrow received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from The George Washington University, and an M.A. from the National War College.

Laura Junor, Nominee for Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense

Laura Junor is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness at the Department of Defense (DOD), a position she has held since 2011.  Previously, Ms. Junor supported DOD’s program and budget process as the Chief of Staff for the Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation from 2009 to 2011.  From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Junor was the President and Owner of Readiness Logic, LLC.  Ms. Junor served as the Analytic Advisor and Defense Readiness Reporting System Interagency Director in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at DOD from 2003 to 2007.  From 1994 to 2003, she directed readiness research for the Center for Naval Analyses.  Ms. Junor received a B.A. from Goucher College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from George Mason University.

Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, Nominee for Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors

Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is Executive Vice President of External Affairs at the Nielsen Company.  From 2009 to 2012, she served in Paris as Representative of the United States of America to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development with the rank of Ambassador. From 2005 to 2008, she served as Policy Director in the office of Senator Barack Obama, and was an author of the 2008 Democratic Party Platform.  Previously, she held policy positions at the New America Foundation, where she founded the Work and Family Program.  She served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of the Treasury from 1998 to 2000, and held several positions at the Federal Communications Commission from 1995 to 1998, including Assistant Chief of the International Bureau and Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.  She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Ambassador Kornbluh received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and an M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Leslie Meyers, Appointee for Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council

Leslie Meyers is Program Coordinator at The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, a position she has held since 2005.  From 2000 to 2002, she was Director of Marketing at Gear magazine.  Prior to joining Gear, Ms. Meyers was a Talent Manager at Propaganda Management in Los Angeles.  She was a Development Executive at Western International Communications in Los Angeles in 1996.  Ms. Meyers also worked as an Assistant to a Creative Executive at Touchstone Pictures from 1992 to 1993, and at Carsey-Werner Productions as Production Secretary on the television show Davis Rules from 1991 to 1992.  She began her career as a Junior Talent Manager at Addis-Wechsler Management in Los Angeles.  Ms. Meyers received a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Janet Hill, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Janet Hill is Principal at Hill Family Advisors.  From 1981 to 2010, she was Vice President and a founder of Alexander & Associates Inc.  From 1977 to 1981, Ms. Hill was Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.  She is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Carlyle Group, Echo360, Dean Foods, Inc., and Wendy’s Company, Inc.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Duke University, and served an 18-year term on the Board of Visitors at the Duke Fuqua School of Business.  She is a former Chairwoman of the Women’s Campaign Fund.  Ms. Hill received a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A.T. in Mathematics from The University of Chicago.

Michael Lombardo, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Michael Lombardo is President of Programming for HBO, a position he has held since 2007.  Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, Production and Programming Operations from 2003 to 2007.  Since joining HBO in 1983, he has held multiple positions, including President of Programming Group & West Coast Operations, Co-President and Head of Programming Group of HBO, Senior Counsel of Original Programming and Sports, and Director of Business Affairs.  Mr. Lombardo serves on the boards of The Paley Center, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, Film Independent, and Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).  Mr. Lombardo received an A.B. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Rose Kennedy Schlossberg is a writer and researcher for Red Board Productions, a position she has held since 2012.  Previously, she has held various positions with Blowback Productions from 2010 to 2012,  including Associate Editor, Associate Producer, and Production Associate.  She was a Research Assistant at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University in 2009.  She serves as a Trustee of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation.  Ms. Schlossberg received a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.P.S. from New York University. 

Susan S. Sher, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Susan S. Sher is Senior Adviser to the President of The University of Chicago, a position she has held since 2011.  Previously, she served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama from 2009 to 2011.  Prior to this, she served as Associate White House Counsel.  She was Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs and General Counsel of The University of Chicago Medical Center from 1997 to 2009.  Previously, she was Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago from 1993 to 1997 and a partner at Mayer Brown & Platt from 1981 to 1985.  She is on the Boards of Loyola University of Chicago, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Partnership for a Healthier America, the National Jewish Democratic Council, and the National Advisory Board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.  She received a B.A. from The George Washington University and a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago.

John W. Rogers, Jr., Appointee for Chair, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

John W. Rogers, Jr., is the Chairman, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Investments.  Mr. Rogers was previously Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2010 to 2013.  Mr. Rogers currently serves as a board member of Exelon Corporation and McDonald’s Corporation.  Additionally, he is a director of the Chicago Urban League, a trustee of The University of Chicago, Chairman of the Board of Directors for The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and a member of the board of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, where he serves on the Investment Committee.  Mr. Rogers was previously Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2010 to 2013.  Mr. Rogers served as a Co-Chair for the Obama-Biden Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2009.  He received an A.B. from Princeton University. 

José Cisneros, Appointee for Vice Chair, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

José Cisneros is the Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco, a position he has held since 2004.  Mr. Cisneros served as Deputy General Manager for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.  Previously, Mr. Cisneros worked for IBM Corporation and Lotus Development Corporation as a Senior International Product Manager.  Prior to this, he was an Assistant Vice President at Bank of Boston.  He received a B.S. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Theodore J. Beck, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Theodore J. Beck is the President and CEO of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), a position he has held since 2005.  Mr. Beck also serves on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, and as Chairman of the board of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.  In 2010, he was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability and was Chair of its Research and Evaluation Committee.  In 2008, he was appointed to serve as a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and served as Chair of the Outreach Subcommittee.  Prior to his appointment at NEFE, Mr. Beck served as Associate Dean of Executive Education and Corporate Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.  Prior to joining the University in 1999, he spent more than 20 years in various positions for Citibank/Citigroup, including Managing Director and Market Manager.  Mr. Beck received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin School of Business.

Sherry Salway Black, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Sherry Salway Black is the Director of the Partnership for Tribal Governance at the National Congress of American Indians.  Previously, she was the Senior Vice President of First Nations Development Institute.  Ms. Black is a member of the Honoring Nations Board of Governors.  She also serves on the boards of First Peoples Fund, the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, and the Hitachi Foundation.  Ms. Black is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Ms. Black was a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2011 to 2013.   She received a B.S. from East Stroudsburg University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

John Hope Bryant, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, a nonprofit founded in 1992.  He is also the Co-Founder of Global Dignity and a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders and Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum.  He served as Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2010 to 2013.  Prior to this, Mr. Bryant served as the Vice Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy (PACFL) and as the Chairman of PACFL’s Committee on the Underserved. 

Anna Maria Chávez, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Anna Maria Chávez is the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA.  Prior to her current role, Ms. Chávez served as CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.  Before joining Girl Scouts, she held various roles for the State of Arizona, including Deputy Chief of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development for former Governor Janet Napolitano, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, in-house Counsel, and Assistant Director for the Division of Aging and Community Services at the Arizona Department of Economic Security.  Before working for the State of Arizona, Ms. Chávez worked as Senior Policy Advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater.  She served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Administrator at the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Chief of Staff for the Office of Government Contracting and Minority Enterprise Development at SBA.  From 1996 to 1998, Ms. Chávez acted as Legal Counsel for the Federal Highway Administration.  She received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.

Kerry N. Doi, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Kerry N. Doi has served as President and CEO of the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment since 1976.  Mr. Doi is also a board member of the Los Angeles Housing Partnership and the California Community Economic Development Association.  From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Doi served on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.  He is a founding member of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development.  Mr. Doi received a B.S. from California State University, Long Beach.

Ted Gonder, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Ted Gonder is the CEO of Moneythink, an organization he co-founded in 2009.   In 2012, Mr. Gonder served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Prior to serving at DHS, he founded The University of Chicago Entrepreneurship Society and Project Cooldown.  Mr. Gonder has also worked for several startup companies, including Kauffman Foundation.  He received a B.A. from The University of Chicago. 

Richard G. Ketchum, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Richard G. Ketchum is the Chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  Prior to joining FINRA, Mr. Ketchum was CEO of NYSE Regulation, Inc., Chief Regulatory Officer of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and General Counsel of the Corporate and Investment Bank of Citigroup, Inc.  Prior to Citigroup, he served as President of both the National Association of Securities Dealers and The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.  He also worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for 14 years, where he served as Director of the Division of Market Regulation for eight years.  He served as a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2010 to 2013.  Mr. Ketchum received a B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

 Beth Kobliner, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Beth Kobliner currently writes a column about kids and money for The Huffington Post and www.Mint.com.  She has written about a range of personal finance topics for publications including The New York Times, Money, Parade, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, and Redbook.  Ms. Kobliner has been a regular contributor on public radio’s “Marketplace” and “The Takeaway”, and a repeat guest on NBC’s Today show, CNN, and MSNBC.  Ms. Kobliner served as content expert for Sesame Workshop’s financial education initiative, For Me, for You, for Later.  She was a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2010 to 2013.  She received an A.B. from Brown University.

Kilandigalu (Kay) M. Madati, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Kilandigalu (Kay) M. Madati is the Head of Entertainment & Media on the Global Marketing Solutions team at Facebook, a position he has held since 2011.  From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Madati was the Vice President of Audience Experience at CNN Worldwide.  Previously, from 2007 to 2008, Mr. Madati was the Vice President of Marketing at Community Connect, Inc.  Mr. Madati began his career with BMW of North America where he held various positions, including Regional Marketing and Operations Manager from 2002 to 2004, Relationship and Multicultural Marketing Manager from 1999 to 2002, Sales and Marketing Manager from 1997 to 1999, and Management Associate from 1996 to 1997.  Mr. Madati received a B.A. from Georgetown University. 

Marc H. Morial, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Marc H. Morial is President and CEO of the National Urban League.  He has served as a Louisiana State Senator, Mayor of New Orleans, and President of the bi-partisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, where he served during the 9/11 crisis.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Morial practiced law and taught Constitutional Law and Business Law at Xavier University.  He served as a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2012 to 2013.  Mr. Morial received a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Carol E. Quillen, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Carol E. Quillen is the President of Davidson College, a position she has held since 2011. Previously, Dr. Quillen was Vice President for International and Interdisciplinary Initiatives at Rice University.  At Rice University, Dr. Quillen was also a member of the history faculty, Director of the University’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.  She received a B.A. from The University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Amy Rosen, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Amy Rosen is President and CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a position she has held since 2008.  She is the Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s policy council on youth unemployment and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Ms. Rosen was the Vice Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2011 to 2013.  Ms. Rosen served as a Fellow at the Broad Urban Superintendents Academy and as the Chief Operating Officer for New Visions for Public Schools.  Ms. Rosen also served as a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors, Vice Chairman of the NJ Transit Board of Directors, Deputy Commissioner of the NJ Department of Transportation, and Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin Information Management Services.   Ms. Rosen received a B.A. from Pitzer College. 

Charles W. Scharf, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Charles W. Scharf is the CEO and a Corporate Director of Visa Incorporated.  From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Scharf was a Managing Director of One Equity Partners, the private investment arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co.  From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Scharf served as CEO of Retail Financial Services at JPMorgan Chase & Co.  He was CEO of the retail division of Bank One Corporation from 2002 to 2004.  Mr. Scharf also served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Bank One Corporation from 2000 to 2002.  Prior to Bank One, he was CFO of the Global Corporate and Investment Bank division at Citigroup, Inc. from 1999 to 2000.  From 1995 to 1999, he was the CFO of Salomon Smith Barney and its predecessor company.  Mr. Scharf received a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from New York University. 

President Obama announced his appointment of the following individual to a key Administration post:

Joe Echevarria, Appointee for Member, President’s Export Council

Joe Echevarria is the CEO of Deloitte LLP, a position he has held since June 2011.  Mr. Echevarria joined Deloitte in 1978 and became an audit partner in 1988.  Since that time, he has held a wide range of leadership positions, most recently as U.S. Managing Partner for Operations.  As part of his current role, Mr. Echevarria chairs the U.S. Executive Committee, and is a member of the U.S. Board of Directors, the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited Board, and the Americas Executive Committee.  Mr. Echevarria serves on the Board of Trustees and chairs the University of Miami School of Business’s Board of Overseers.  He served on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration from 2013 to 2014.  Mr. Echevarria received a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Miami.