Press Release: President Biden Announces Five Key Nominations, including at VA

“Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following five individuals to serve in key roles:

  • Amanda Howe, Nominee for Assistant Administrator for Mission Support, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Guy Kiyokawa, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Enterprise Integration, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Damon Smith, Nominee for General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • William Eugene Holloway, Nominee for Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Javier Ramirez, Nominee for Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service”

“Amanda Howe, Nominee for Assistant Administrator for Mission Support, Environmental Protection Agency

Amanda Howe is a career public servant, helping lead progressive change in government, politics, and the non-profit sector. She served in the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Kamala Harris For The People presidential campaign in 2019 and for the Democratic National Committee before, during, after President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. In the past year, she’s been a senior advisor to the President of Everytown for Gun Safety and for the Maya Wiley for Mayor campaign in New York City…”

“Guy Kiyokawa, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Enterprise Integration, Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Guy Kiyokawa is currently the Deputy Director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Falls Church, VA. The DHA is a joint Combat Support Agency supporting Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services, and it administers the TRICARE Health Plan providing worldwide medical, dental and pharmacy programs to more than 9.6 million uniformed service members, retirees and their families. Prior to his selection to the Senior Executive Service in 2015, Mr. Kiyokawa completed a 29-year career in the United States Army with leadership experience in multiple roles ranging from aeromedical evacuation pilot to health facility engineering to healthcare administration.  He culminated his career as the Chief of Staff for the newly formed Defense Health Agency, and retired at the rank of Colonel in 2015…”

“Damon Smith, Nominee for General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development

Damon Smith currently serves as the Principal Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  He joined the Biden-Harris Administration after serving as Senior Director of Advocacy and Counsel at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), representing the nation’s cooperatively-owned, not-for-profit credit unions in housing, telecommunications and financial security matters.  Prior to joining CUNA, Smith was a Partner at Jenner and Block LLP in Washington, D.C. where he provided counsel to companies facing complex compliance, government regulation and enforcement matters…”

“William Eugene Holloway, Nominee for Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences

Bill Holloway is Vice President, Principal, and Director of Delaware Operations for Bernardon, an award-winning regional architecture, interior design and landscape architecture firm with offices in Wilmington, Delaware and West Chester and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Spanning 39 years of practice, his professional accomplishments include significant projects in the public works, institutional, and healthcare markets. Among Holloway’s notable projects are the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Train Station in Wilmington, the restoration of the historic Old State House in Dover, Delaware, and renovations to over twenty-seven facilities for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Currently, Holloway is working on a major addition to the Delaware Division of Public Health Laboratory in Smyrna, Delaware…”

“Javier Ramirez, Nominee for Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Javier Ramirez began his FMCS career as a Commissioner in 2005 and is currently the Executive Manager of the Division of Agency Initiatives.  This office bears responsibility for the Office of Conflict Management & Prevention, Office of Strategy & Development, the Center for Conflict Resolution and Education, the FMCS Institute for Conflict Management, and the DC and Northern Virginia (HQ) Commissioners…” Read the full press release here.

Source: President Biden Announces Five Key Nominations – June 9, 2021. The White House.

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