Appointments

• The president intends to appoint Azizah al-Hibri to be a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. She teaches law at the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law, and founded both Hypatia: a Journal of Feminist Philosophy and KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. Al-Hibri also served as a consultant for the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Qatar.

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• President Obama intends to appoint Nancy Brooks Gilbert to serve as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Gilbert currently works for Travels and Dialogues and its subsidiary, The Masorti Travel Bureau, as chief executive officer and president. Gilbert has organized Israel itineraries for “tens of thousands” of passengers and created the initial Birthright Israel itinerary.

•The president has announced he will appoint Mark Gorenberg to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Gorenberg works for Hummer Winblad Venture Partners as a managing director. Before that, he worked on new media areas for Sun Microsystems Inc., serving on the original SparcStation team.

• President Obama intends to appoint Rear Adm. Michelle J. Howard as a member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy. She has commanded USS RUSHMORE, Amphibious Squadron SEVEN and Expeditionary Strike Group TWO, and participated in Desert Storm and tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia. Howard has received several awards, including the National Women of Color STEM Conference Career Achievement in Government award.

• The president has announced he will appoint Tamara Toussaint to serve on the Commission on Presidential Scholars. Toussaint works for Ford & Harrison LLP as the diversity and inclusion coordinator. Formerly she was diversity coordinator for the University of Miami School of Law and volunteered with SOS Children’s Village.