New Additions to AllGov

Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 2:48 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

As President Obama and his cabinet members fill their teams, AllGov is adding profiles of the appointees. Among the latest additions: Michael Michener-Foreign Agricultural Service, Gregory Jaczko-Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Rocco Landesman-National Endowment for the Arts, Inez Tenenbaum-Consumer Product Safety Commission, Robert Blake-Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Jon Huntsman-Ambassador to China, Peter Appel-Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration, David Stevens-Federal Housing Administration, Mary Patrice Brown-Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibilty, Jordan Barab-Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Peter Rogoff-Federal Transit Administration, Jane Oates-Employment and Training Administration, Thomasina Rogers-Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission, Sandra Henriquez-Office of Public and Indian Housing, Jeffrey Feltman-Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Robert Groves-U.S. Census Bureau and Johnnie Carson-Bureau of African Affairs.

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Under Secretary of State for African Affairs: Who Is Tibor Nagy Jr.?

Nagy was a refugee from Hungary as a child, but grew up to be a career U.S. Foreign Service officer who spent his entire career working in Africa or on African issues. In 1987, he began a string of assignments as deputy chief of mission, serving first in Togo, then Cameroon and Nigeria. Nagy was first appointed an ambassador, to Guinea, in 1996, then returned to Ethiopia as ambassador in Addis Ababa. Nagy worked to improve living conditions for Foreign Service officers and their families.   read more

Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety: Who Is Mindy Brashears?

Brashears received more than $20 million in research grants over her career. Many came from government agencies, but a significant portion came from entities such as the Texas Beef Council and the American Meat Industry Foundation. Brashears will be regulating the industry that supported her academic career. She holds at least 17 patents, some for food decontamination processes. Unless she gives up the patents, she could benefit financially from those her agency is supposed to regulate.   read more

Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board: Who Is John Ring?

As an attorney, Ring represented the American Trucking Associations, Marriott International and ocean shipping firms. His biography boasts of his “extensive dealings with reduction-in-force issues,” that is, layoffs. In his confirmation hearing, Sen. Patty Murray said Ring worked to hurt employees on behalf of his clients. “The last thing our nation’s labor board needs is another champion for those at the top,” she told him. “You’ve encouraged the board to undermine long-established rights.”   read more

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training Service: Who Is John Lowry III?

Lowry served as general manager of Powertrain Operations at Harley-Davidson Motor Company in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, from 2001 to 2013. He left the company to become chief operating officer at REV Recreation Group, a manufacturer of recreational vehicles and motor homes in Decatur, Indiana, from 2013 to 2015. Since 2016, Lowry has been a consultant at Egon Zehnder, a corporate leadership advisory firm, in Chicago, where he heads the firm’s U.S. Supply Chain Practice.   read more

Director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Who Is Heidi King?

In 2013, King became global director for environmental safety and risk for GE Capital. In 2017, she was appointed deputy administrator of the NHTSA, effectively running the organization since it had no administrator. While in that role, King advocated for reducing fuel mileage targets put into place during the Obama administration. She has also had to defend the agency’s handling of the Takata air bag recall, which involves more than 3 million vehicles and at least 22 deaths.   read more
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