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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 25, 1993



(Washington, DC) President Clinton added five senior members to his Administration today, announcing his intention to nominate Alan Blinder and Joseph Stiglits as Members of the Council of Economic Advisors; Kathryn Sullivan as Chief Scientist at the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Arati Prabhakar as Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology at Commerce; and Marilynn Davis as the Assistant Secretary for Administration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"I am asking these people today to fill roles which are absolutely essential for the effective workings of this government," said the President. "Providing sound economic advice, developing better models to understand environmental change, working to ensure an American edge in high technology, and finally bringing the operations of HUD under control are the kinds of actions that the American people need. The people that I am nominating will get the job done for them."

Biographical sketches of the nominees are attached.


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Alan Blinder has been serving since the beginning of the Clinton Administration as Chief Economist of the Council of Economic Advisors, playing a vital role in the development of the President's economic plan. He is on leave from Princeton University, where he has been the Godon S. Renstchler Memorial Professor of Economics since 1971. In 1976, Blinder served briefly as the Deputy Assistant Director of the then-newly formed Congressional Budget Office. The author of 10 books and numerous articles, he holds a B.A. from Princeton University, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and Ph.d. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Joseph Stiglitz is the Joan Kenney Profesor of Economics at Stanford University, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Institute for Policy Reform, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has previously been a Professor of Economics at Princeton and Yale Universities, and held the Drummond Chair in Political Economy at All Souls College, Oxford. He has also held teaching positions at M.I.T. and Cambridge University. Stiglitz has also been a consultant to a number of departments of the Federal government, the Seneca Nation of Indians, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and many states. Since 1980, he has served on the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association, and on the AEA's Commission on Graduate Education. He is the author of several widely-used textbooks, and lectures widely in the U.S. and abroad. He received his B.A. from Amherst College and his Ph.D. from M.I.T., and was a Fulbright Scholar and Tapp Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge University.

Kathryn Sullivan is a NASA Mission Specialist and veteran of three Space Shuttle missions who is currently detailed to NOAA. She is trained as a geologist and oceanographer and has done extensive work at sea in the North Atlantic and off of California. In 1990 and 1991 she served as Chief of the Astronaut Office's Mission Development Branch. She has also served on the National Commission on Space. Sullivan holds a B.S. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada.


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Arati Prabhakar is currently the Director of the Microelectrics Technology Office for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In that role, he has created a new office driving the research, development, and demonstration of advanced microelectronics technologies critical for national security, with emphasis on dual-use technologies. He has previously served at DARPA as Deputy Director of the the Defense Sciences Office and Program Manager in the Electronic Scienses Division. He was previously a Congressional Fellow in the Office of Technology Assessment, and a Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology's Department of Applied Physics. Prabhakar holds a B.S. from Texas Tech University, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology.

Marilynn Davis is the Deputy General Manager for Finance at for the New York City Housing Authority, serving as the chief financial officer of the country's largest public housing authority. She was previously associated with American Express, as Director of Financial Analysis, Vice President for Risk Financing, and Senior Executive Office Director. She was previously with the General Motors Corporation in Detroit and New York, and the State Street Bank in Boston. Davis holds a B.A. from Smith College, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Economics, Industrial Organization from Washington University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.