President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
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

  • Jeffery M. Baran – Member, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Elissa Slotkin – Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Department of Defense

President Obama said, “I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country.  They bring their years of experience and expertise to this Administration, and 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:

Jeffery M. Baran, Nominee for Member, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Jeffery M. Baran is a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a position he has held since 2014.  Prior to this,  he served as Staff Director for Energy and Environment on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce in 2014.  Previously, Mr. Baran served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce as Senior Counsel from 2011 to 2014, and as Counsel from 2009 to 2010.  He served as Counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2003 to 2008.  From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Baran worked as a law clerk for Judge Lesley Wells of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  Mr. Baran received a B.A. and an M.A. from Ohio University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Elissa Slotkin, Nominee for Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Department of Defense
Elissa Slotkin is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, a position she has held since 2012.  From 2013 to 2014, she performed the duties of the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.   Ms. Slotkin was Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in 2012, and from 2011 to 2012 she was a Senior Advisor for Middle East Transition at the Department of Defense.  From 2009 to 2011, she was a Senior Advisor on Iraq at the Department of State, and from 2007 to 2009 she was Director for Iraq on the National Security Council.  From 2003 to 2007 Ms. Slotkin worked at the Central Intelligence Agency and in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  Previously, she worked for organizations in Massachusetts, Israel, Tanzania, and Kenya.  Ms. Slotkin received a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.A. from Columbia University.