E X E C U T I V E O F F I C E O F T H E P R E S I D E N T
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release February 23, 1993
BIOGRAPHIES ON TODAY'S (2-23-93) SUB-CABINET APPOINTEES ANNOUNCED BY PRESIDENT CLINTON
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
John Deutch, Under Secretary for Acquisition
A professor at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and a chemist widely known for his work in science and technology policy, John Deutch comes to the Clinton administration having previously served in the administrations of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush.
Deutch served as the Director of Energy Research in the Department of Energy in 1979 and as the Under Secretary of the Department of Energy from 1979-1980.
In 1990 Deutch was given the rank of Institute Professor at MIT, an honor which recognizes distinguished accomplishment in scholarly, educational, service and leadership pursuits.
Deutch was born on July 27, 1938 in Brussels and has been a citizen of the United States since 1946. He received a BA from Amherst College in 1961, a BS from MIT in 1961 and a Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from MIT in 1965.
Frank Wisner, Under Secretary of Policy
A former Ambassador to the Philippines, Egypt and Zambia, Frank Wisner has more than 30 years experience as a foreign service officer. Most recently, he served as Under Secretary for
State for International Security under President Bush.
Wisner joined the State Department in 1961 and worked in Algiers and Vietnam before returning to Washington to serve as the Officer in Charge of Tunisian Affairs, and later Director of the Office of Southern African Affairs and Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of State.
Wisner was born in New York on July 2, 1938. He received a BA from Princeton University in 1961.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Thomas P. Grumbly, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Restoration and Management
Since 1987, Thomas P. Grumbly has served as the President and CEO of Clean Sites, Inc., a neutral, non-profit company that works to accelerate the clean-up of hazardous waste in the United States.
Prior to his work with Clean Sites, Grumbly directed the Health Effects Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a unique scientific alliance between the Environmental Protection Agency and the world's automotive community.
In addition to his work in the private sector, Grumbly previously served with the Departments of Justice and Agriculture, as well as with the Office of Management and Budget and the Federal Drug Administration. From 1981-82, Grumbly served as Staff Director for the Investigations and Oversight Committee of the House Science and Technology Committee.
Born in 1949, Grumbly received a BA from Cornell University in 1971.
Susan Fallows Tierney, Assistant Secretary for Domestic and International Energy Policy
Secretary for Environmental Affairs for the State of Massachusetts since 1991, Susan Fallows Tierney has broad experience in both the technical and public policy aspects of energy, including nuclear and electrical power.
In her job as Secretary for Environmental Affairs, Tierney was responsible for environmental regulation efforts and natural resources management within Massachusetts.
In addition to her state post, Tierney sits on the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board, is a member of the EPA's Clean Air Advisory Board and chairs the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.
Tierney received a BA from Scripps College in 1973, an MRP in city and regional planning from Cornell University in 1976 and a Ph.D. in regional planning and public policy from Cornell University in 1980.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Geri Palast, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations
Geri Palast has been director of Politics and Legislation for the Service Employees International Union since 1981. She was previously director of the Washington office of the National Employment Law Project and Legislative and Program Analyst of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
Palast received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1972 and her J.D. for NYU in 1976.
Thomas Williamson, Jr., Solicitor
Thomas Williamson currently is a partner at the law firm of Covington and Burling where he represents states in matters relating to federal health and welfare programs.
He was previously Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Energy and a founding member of the Communications Task Force of the National Conference of Black Lawyers.
Williamson received his B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University in 1968 and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in 1969. He graduated with a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1974.
DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY
Margaret Richardson, Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service
Margaret Richardson is a partner in the Washington, D.C. and Atlanta law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan specializing in tax and insurance regulatory law.
Richardson previously served as a law clerk to Judge Philip Nichols, Jr. of the United States Court of Claims and in the midseventies joined the Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Tax Court Litigation Division. She subsequently was named Director of the Administrative Services Division, the first woman in the history of the Chief Counsel's office to be promoted to "supergrade" rank.
Richardson received her A.B. degree in Political Science from Vassar College in 1965 with a minor in Russian, and later her J.D. with honors from George Washington University.
Jeffrey Shafer, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs
Jeffrey Shafer has been Deputy Director of the Country Studies and Economic Prospects Branch in the Economics Department of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development since 1991.
He previously served as Vice President for Research and Statistics at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1981 through 1984 and as Deputy Associate Director of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System between August 1978 and January 1981.
Shafer received his A.B. from Princeton in 1966 and his Ph.D from Yale in 1976.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
John D. Leshy, Solicitor
John Leshy is Special Counsel to the Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources and recently served on the Presidential Transition Office Interior Cluster. Teshy served as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice from 1969 - 1972, as an attorney on the Natural Resources Defense Council from 1972 - 1977 and as the Associate Solicitor for Energy resources at the Department of Interior from 1977- 1980. He has been as a law professor at Arizona State University School of Law since 1980.
Born on October 7, 1944, Teshy graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1966 and received his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1969.
Jim Baca, Director, Bureau of Land Management
Jim Baca is currently serving his fourth term as New Mexico's Commissioner of Public Lands. As Commissioner, Baca oversees the largest land office in the West and in that role has earned a reputation as being an innovative administrator with strong fiscal management and environmental credentials.
A graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Business Administration, Baca also previously served as New Mexico State Liquor Director.
George T. Frampton, Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks
George Frampton has served as President of the Wilderness Society since 1986. Under his stewardship, the organization worked to support the Endangered Species Act and protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling.
Prior to his work at the Wilderness Society, Frampton was a partner in the law firm of Rogovin, Huge & Lenzer from 1976 - 85 and as special counsel to the State of Alaska in 1985.
Born in 1944, Frampton received a BA from Yale College in 1965, a M.Sc. with Distinction from the London School of Economics in 1966 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1969.
Bonnie R. Cohen, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget
Bonnie Cohen is currently Senior Vice President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, an organization dedicated to preserving the nation's architectural and cultural heritage. Formerly, she served as Treasurer for the United Mine Workers of America Health and Retirement Funds and as a management consultant to both private firms and municipal governments.
Cohen received a BA from Smith College in 1964, a Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1965 and a MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1967.
Robert Armstrong, Assistant Secretary for Land and Mineral Management
Currently a senior staff advisor on Energy and Natural Resources to Texas Governor Ann Richards, Robert Armstrong served as Texas Land Commissioner from 1970 - 82 and as a Member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1963-69. During his tenure as Land Commissioner, Armstrong sponsored and passed legislation on beach and sand dune access and managed 22.5 million acres of public land and mineral ownership. He practiced law from 1982 - 91.
Born in 1932, Armstrong received his BA from the University of Texas in 1958 and an LL.B. from the University of Texas in 1959.
Elizabeth Anne Rieke, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
Elizabeth Rieke is Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
She served as a partner in the law firm Jennings, Strouss & Salmon from 1989 -1991 and as an associate in the same firm from 1987 - 1989. In 1989, she worked as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University College of Law, teaching a class on "Problems in Arizona Water Law" with then Professor John Leshy. Rieke graduated summa cum laude from Oberlin College in 1965 and received her JD from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1981.
Leslie M. Turner, Assistant Secretary for Territorial and Insular Affairs
A senior associate with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld in Washington, D.C. since 1986, Leslie Turner has provided advice and consultation to American corporations engaged in international business, including on compliance with the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Prior to her work with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, Turner worked as a Law Clerk at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. She received a BS from New York University in 1980 and a JD from Georgetown Law in 1985.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Walter D. Broadnax, Deputy Secretary
Since 1990 Walter Broadnax has served as president of the Center for Governmental Research in Rochester, NY, a private, non-profit research and management consulting organization.
From 1987 to 1990, Broadnax served as president of the New York State Civil Service Commission and as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Civil Service.
He received a BA from Washburn University of Topeka, an MPA from Kansas University and a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Broadnax is an Arkansas native and served as a Transition Team leader in personnel and management issues.
Harriet S. Rabb, General Counsel
Since 1971 Harriet Rabb has served as Vice Dean, Professor of Law and Social Responsibility, Director of Clinical Education, and Assistant Dean for Urban Affairs at Columbia Law School in New York City.
While at Columbia, Rabb founded a fair housing clinic, an education law project, an immigration law clinic and the Big Apple Clinic. She also served as Director of the Employment Rights Project from 1971-1978 and has published numerous articles on fair employment law over the course of her career.
She received her BA from Barnard College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Fernando M. Torres-Gil, Commissioner on Aging
Since 1991, Fernando Torres-Gil has served as a professor at the School of Social Welfare, UCLA, as well as an adjunct Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California.
He has served as a consultant on aging issues to federal and state agencies and in the private sector. He worked as Staff Director for the House Select Committee on Aging from 1985 to 1987.
Torres-Gil received a BA from San Jose State University in 1970, a M.S.W. from Brandeis University in 1972 and a Ph.D. in Social Policy, Planning and Research from Brandeis University in 1976.
He is the author of a new book, The New Aging: Politics and the Change in America.
Avis LaVelle, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
A National Press Secretary for the Clinton-Gore Presidential Campaign, Avis LaVelle also served as Press Secretary for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley from 1989 - 1992.
Prior to her political work, she was chief political correspondent for WGN Radio-TV, Chicago; news anchor-reporter at WJJD/WJEZ radio, Chicago; and news director for WLTH radio in Gary, Indiana.
LaVelle received a BS from the University of Illinois, Champaign.
Jerry D. Klepner, Assistant Secretary for Legislation
Since 1987, Jerry Klepner has served as Director of Legislation for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Prior to holding that position he was a partner with the law firm Anderson , Benjamin, Read & Haney. He previously served as Staff Director for the House Subcommittee on Compensation and Employee Benefits and as National Executive Vice President for the National Treasury Employees Union.
Klepner received a BA from Washington University and attended Washington University School of Law.
David T. Ellwood, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
David Ellwood is currently Academic Dean and Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has served as a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge and on a review panel of the Work and Welfare Demonstration, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation.
Ellwood has served as a member of the Committee of Poverty Forum on the Future of Children and Their Parents of the National Research Council; and as a member of the Committee on the Status of Black Americans, National Academy of Sciences.
He received an AB from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.