Appointments

• The president announced his intent to appoint Suzan Johnson Cook to the State Department as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. Cook is currently founder and president of the Wisdom Worldwide Center. 

• The president announced his intent to nominate Ward Brehm as a member of the board of directors of the African Development Foundation. Brehm served as chairman of the United States African Development Foundation between 2004 and 2008. Brehm received the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 2008.

• The president announced his intent to appoint Felice Gaer as a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Gaer was the first American independent expert on the United Nations Committee Against Torture, a body that monitors compliance with the convention against torture.

• The president announced his intent to nominate Anne Harrington as deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation in the national nuclear security administration at the Energy Department. Harrington served in the State Department between 1990 and 2005 on nonproliferation and cooperative threat-reduction issues. She focused on nuclear issues related to Russia and Eurasia as well as Iraq and Libya. 

• Obama announced his intent to nominate Laurence Wohlers as ambassador to the Central African Republic. Wohlers is currently senior adviser for international programs at the Smithsonian Institution. He has previously served in the U.S. embassy in Moscow and has also had assignments in Belgium, Madagascar, Japan and elsewhere.

• The president announced his intent to nominate James Entwistle as ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Entwistle is currently deputy chief of mission in the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also served in U.S. embassies in Sri Lanka and elsewhere.