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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 9/29/10

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

  • Paula Barker Duffy, Member, National Council on the Humanities
  • Isabel Framer, Member, Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute
  • Susan H. Hildreth, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Thomas R. Nides, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, Department of State
  • Alan Patricof, Member, Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Jo Ann Rooney, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense
  • Michael Vickers, Under Secretary for Intelligence, Department of Defense
  • Martha Wagner Weinberg, Member, National Council on the Humanities

President Obama said, “The extraordinary dedication and outstanding achievement these men and women bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people.  I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this administration and I look forward to working beside them in the months and years to come.”
President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key administration posts:
Paula Barker Duffy, Nominee for Member, National Council on the Humanities
Paula Barker Duffy is the former Director of the University of Chicago Press, the nation’s largest university press.  She previously served as publisher of the Free Press, best known for its books in the social sciences and public affairs, and as vice president of its parent company, Simon and Schuster, New York.  Ms. Duffy currently serves on the boards of the Great Books Foundation and Valid Sources, Inc., and advises the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago.  She holds a B.A. in French Literature from Smith College and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Isabel Framer, Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute
Isabel Framer is the founder and principal partner of Language Access Consultants, LLC.  Since 1998, Ms. Framer has worked as a consultant to defense attorneys, prosecutors, law enforcement, state and federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, and advocacy firms on language access for Limited English Proficient communities in the court system.  She is a state court-certified judiciary interpreter and has been qualified as an expert witness in court proceedings regarding language access and interpreter standards.  Ms. Framer is also a lead consultant for the Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, helping to train attorneys and advocates on interpretation for domestic violence victims.  She has served on several boards and advisory committees, including the Supreme Court of Ohio's Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services, the Ohio Judicial Appointments Recommendation Panel, the Ohio Commission on Latino Affairs, and the Racial Fairness Project in Cleveland.  Ms. Framer was also a board member of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators from 2003 to 2009, serving as chair from 2007 to 2009.
Susan H. Hildreth, Nominee for Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Susan H. Hildreth is the city librarian of The Seattle Public Library.  She was previously appointed as California’s state librarian by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Prior to her position as California state librarian, Ms. Hildreth was at the San Francisco Public Library, where she served as deputy director and then city librarian. Her background also includes five years as deputy library director at the Sacramento Public Library, several years as Placer County's head librarian and four years as library director for the Benicia Public Library, all in California. She began her career as a branch librarian at the Edison Township Library in New Jersey. Ms. Hildreth is active in the American Library Association and served as president of the Public Library Association in 2006. She has a master's degree in library science from State University of New York, a master's degree in business administration from Rutgers University and a bachelor of arts, cum laude, from Syracuse University.
Thomas R. Nides, Nominee for Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, Department of State
Thomas R. Nides is the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley. He is an executive officer and serves as a member of Morgan Stanley’s Management Committee and Operating Committee. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Nides served for one year as Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer of Burson-Marsteller, one of the largest public relations agencies in the world. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Nides was Chief Administrative Officer of Credit Suisse First Boston, and served on the firm’s Executive Board. Mr. Nides has also served as Chief of Staff to the United States Trade Representative, Executive Assistant to the Speaker, Assistant to the Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives and Senior Vice President of Fannie Mae. Mr. Nides is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.
Alan Patricof, Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation
Alan Patricof is the Managing Director and Founder of Greycroft, LLC, a venture capital firm, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, focused on the digital media sector.  Prior to founding Greycroft in 2006, Mr. Patricof was the founder and chairman of Apax Partners, Inc. (formerly Patricof & Co. Ventures, Inc.). From 2007–2010, Mr. Patricof was on the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and from 1993 to 1995, he served as Chairman of the White House Conference on Small Business Commission.  He is also a board member of TechnoServe, Trickle Up Program, Global Advisory Board of Endeavor, and the Initiative for Global Development Leadership Council. Mr. Patricof holds a B.S. in Finance from Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Jo Ann Rooney, Nominee for Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense
Jo Ann Rooney currently serves as the President of Mount Ida College in Massachusetts.  She previously served as President of Spalding University in Kentucky for eight years. Prior to her time at Spalding University, Dr. Rooney spent several years as Corporate General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of The Lyons Companies, located in Massachusetts.  Since 1994, Dr. Rooney has taught courses at several colleges and universities in strategic planning, financial management, leadership and organizational change. She has served as Vice Chair of the Jewish Hospital Saint Mary’s Healthcare System, Chair of the Housing Partnership, Inc., a state-wide affordable housing development and counseling organization, and the Board of Trustees and executive committee of Regis University in Denver, Colorado.  Dr. Rooney holds an Ed.D in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, an LL.M from Boston University School of Law, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and B.S. from Boston University.
Michael Vickers, Nominee for Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Department of Defense
Michael Vickers currently serves as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict & Interdependent Capabilities. He was nominated for this position by President Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  President Obama announced that Mr. Vickers would continue to serve as ASD (SO/LIC&IC) in the Obama administration. Mr. Vickers serves as the senior civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense on the operational employment and capabilities of special operations forces.  He is also the senior civilian adviser on counterterrorism, irregular warfare and special activities.  Prior to his appointment, Mr. Vickers served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Studies, at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Prior to that, Mr. Vickers served as an Army Special Forces Non-Commissioned Officer, Special Forces Officer, and CIA Operations Officer.  During this period, Mr. Vickers had operational and combat experience in Central America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia. Mr. Vickers received his B.A., with honors, from the University of Alabama, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in International Relations/Strategic Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Martha Wagner Weinberg, Nominee for Member, National Council on the Humanities
Martha Wagner Weinberg is a consultant who has worked extensively with non-profit entities on issues of policy, strategy, leadership, and program design. She previously served as Chief of Staff at Massachusetts General Hospital and was Vice President for Project Management and Chief of Staff at Partners Healthcare System at its founding in 1995.  Ms. Weinberg advised the Rappaport Charitable Foundation when it established Harvard’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and Suffolk University’s Rappaport Honors Program in Law and Public Policy. Formerly a professor of political science at MIT, she is the author of Managing the State, co-editor with Walter Dean Burnham of American Politics and Public Policy, and the author of articles on leadership in the private and public sectors.  Ms. Wagner received her Ph.D. from Harvard, her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and her B.A. from Smith.