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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                         (Aboard Air Force One)
For Immediate Release                                    August 28, 2000
                        COMMEMORATION COMMISSION

The President today announced his intent to appoint Beth Newburger to the Women's Progress Commemoration Commission.

Ms. Beth W. Newburger, of Arlington, Virginia, is the General Services Administration's Associate Administrator for Communications and chief spokesperson of the agency. Before joining GSA, Ms. Newburger was outreach coordinator at the White House Office of Women's Initiatives and Outreach. She also serves as Co-Chair of the President's Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History. Between 1984 and 1995, Ms. Newburger founded and was President and CEO of OWLCAT, Inc. and Corabi Internal Telemetrics, Inc. She has also served as Marketing Manager at the Washington Post and Publisher of the Washington Woman Magazine. Ms. Newburger is immediate past Chairman of the Board of the Capital Children's Museum, is a member of the Board of Directors of BOAT/U.S. and Arena Stage and served on the NASA Advisory Council for the Commercialization of Space.

Ms. Newburger is a graduate of Cornell University.

The Women's Progress Commemoration Commission, a bipartisan commission established by an act of Congress and signed into law by the President, was set up in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, the first national congregation on the conditions and rights of women in the United States. The Commission will be responsible for advising the Secretary of Interior on ensuring the historic preservation of sites that have been instrumental in American women's history, creating a living legacy for generations to come.