President Biden announces nominees for ambassadors and key roles

WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intention to name the following leaders to serve as key leaders in his administration:

  • Elizabeth Bagley, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Jane Hartley, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Alexander Laskaris, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Chad
  • Alan Leventhal, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Denmark
  • Kathryn Huff, candidate for Deputy Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy
  • Deborah Coen, candidate for the position of member of the National Council for the Humanities
  • William Brodsky, candidate for membership of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation

Elizabeth Bagley, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federative Republic of Brazil

Elizabeth Bagley has worked in diplomacy and law for over four decades. Her diplomatic experience includes service as a senior adviser to Secretaries of State John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Madeline Albright. She has also served as Special Representative to the United Nations General Assembly, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, and United States Ambassador to Portugal.

Bagley is currently the owner and board member of SBI., a cellular communications company in Show Low, AZ. Previously, Bagley was Of Counsel for Manatt, Phelps Law Firm in Washington, DC, specializing in international law. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and as an associate producer for ABC News in Paris, France and Washington, DC. Earlier in her career, Bagley served at the State Department as Congressional Liaison for the Panama Canal Treaties, Special Assistant for the Camp David Accords, and Congressional Liaison to the Security and cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Accords) in Madrid, Spain. Bagley received a BA from Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Secretary of State’s Honor Award, the Meridian International Public Diplomacy Award, and the Grand Cross of Prince Henry the Navigator, Portugal’s highest civilian honour.

Jane Hartley, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Jane Hartley served as Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco from 2014 to 2017. In this role, she worked to strengthen bilateral relations between the United States and France, focusing on counterterrorism cooperation. She arrived in Paris shortly before the Charlie Hebdo attack and served during the Bataclan and Nice attacks. Hartley later received the Legion of Honor from the President of France in recognition of his efforts.

Previously, Hartley was Managing Director of Observatory Group, an international economic and policy consulting firm. Prior to founding the Observatory Group, she was Chairman and CEO of the G7 Group, a leading research firm providing macroeconomic and policy analysis to global clients. Hartley is currently a member of the Harvard University Kennedy School Visiting Committee, as well as the Kennedy School’s Executive Committee and Dean’s Council. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a member of the board of trustees of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is Chair of the Board of Sesame Workshop (Sesame Street). Hartley is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Hartley was a member of the board of directors of Heidrick & Struggles and appointed by the president to the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She was vice president of the executive committee of the Economics Club of New York and served as vice president at Universal (MCA) and Westinghouse Broadcasting.

Hartley also served in the White House in the Carter administration. She obtained a BA at Boston College (Newton College).

Alexander Laskaris, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Chad

Alexander Laskaris is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Minister-Counsellor class. He is currently a senior adviser in the Bureau of African Affairs and has expertise on African issues. He served as Deputy Commander of United States Africa Command, Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea, and Deputy Chief of Mission for the United States Embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi. Other assignments include working as the head of the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Angola and desk officer for Rwanda and Burundi in the State Department’s Bureau of Central African Affairs. Laskaris has also served as a faculty member at the National War College, Consul General in Ebril, Iraq, and Team Leader of Iraq’s Mosul Province Reconstruction Team. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission for the United States Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo.

Laskaris received a BA from Georgetown University and an MA from the US Army War College in Washington, DC. Its foreign languages ​​are French, Portuguese, Greek, Kurdish, Albanian and Spanish.

Alan Leventhal, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Denmark

Alan Leventhal is President and CEO of Beacon Capital Partners, a leading owner and manager of office properties in the United States. It is home to leading innovative and growth companies, and its projects have transformed the urban environment. Previously, Leventhal was a general partner and then president and chief executive officer of Beacon Properties Corporation.

Leventhal served as chairman of the board of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation for a decade and still serves on the board’s executive committee. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a life trustee of Northwestern University, and was a trustee and chairman of the board of trustees of Boston University. Leventhal is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Public Library’s Leventhal Map & Education Center and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of A Better City.

He received his BA from Northwestern University and his MBA from Dartmouth College.

Kathryn Huff, candidate for Deputy Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy

Dr. Kathryn Huff has served as the Principal Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy since May 2021. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana. -Champaign where she led the research group on advanced reactors and fuel cycles. Huff was also a Blue Waters Assistant Professor at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Previously, Huff was a postdoctoral fellow with the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 and her undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Chicago. Huff is an active member of the American Nuclear Society and has served as chairman of the Nuclear Nonproliferation and Policy Division, past chairman of the Fuel Cycle and Waste Management Division, and a recipient of both Young Member Excellence and Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement. price. Through her leadership at Software Carpentry, SciPy, the Hacker Within, and the Journal of Open-Source Software, she has also championed best practices in open and reproducible scientific computing.

Deborah Coen, candidate for the position of member of the National Council for the Humanities

Deborah R. Coen is Professor of History and Chair of the History of Science and Medicine Program at Yale University, and a former faculty member at Barnard College and Columbia University. As a science historian, she is committed to diversifying her discipline and facilitating collaboration between the humanities and natural sciences. His research focuses on issues such as the relationship between science and democracy, the history of citizen science, and the politics of scientific uncertainty. She is particularly interested in the conditions that enable intellectual exchange across cultural divides, such as the supranational institutions of the Habsburg Monarchy. She is the author of Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty: Science, Liberalism and Privacy (2007), and The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter (2013). His latest book is Climate in motion: science, empire and the problem of scale (2018), the first science history of climate dynamics before the computer age. His current research aims to illuminate the historical roots of key concepts in current climate science and policy, such as “usable” knowledge and “vulnerable” populations.

Coen earned an AB in physics from Harvard, an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in History of Science at Harvard, where she was also a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, and the Mellon Foundation, and she was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2014.

William Brodsky, candidate for membership of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation

William (Bill) Brodsky has worked in the financial services industry for over 50 years. His career roles have included equity, options, futures, private equity and venture capital asset classes. Brodsky has worked at four major exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the American Stock Exchange (AMEX), the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) where he served as President and CEO from 1985 to 1997, and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. (Cboe), where he served as CEO from 1997 to 2013 and Chairman from 2013 to 2017. In addition, he served on the boards of the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and the Futures Industry Association (FIA). Internationally, Brodsky has served as Chairman of the International Options Market Association (IOMA) and Chairman of the World Federation of Exchanges, the global body of over sixty of the world’s major exchanges. He also served for more than ten years on the International Capital Markets Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Currently, Brodsky is a trustee of Syracuse University, where he serves on the Investment and Endowment Committee. He is a life director of Northwestern Medical Healthcare where he was chairman of the board and chairman of its investment committee for fourteen years. He is Chairman of the Board of Navy Pier, Inc., the most visited venue in Chicago and the Midwest, and Chairman of Cedar Street Asset Management, Options Solutions and Redmont Wealth Advisors.

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