Appointments

• President Obama has nominated Mark Asquino to be the ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. Asquino is the executive assistant for the State Department’s Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights and a Senior Foreign Service career member ranking as minister counselor. Before that, he was a senior public diplomacy fellow at George Washington University and the deputy chief of mission at embassies in Sudan and Kazakhstan.

 • The president has nominated Derek Chollet to become the assistant secretary of Defense for international security affairs. Chollet works at the White House as the senior director for strategic planning for the National Security Staff. He previously held the position of principal deputy director for the State Department’s Office of Policy Planning. 

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• Obama nominated Kathleen Hicks to be the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy at the State Department. Hicks is now the deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and forces. She has also held several positions in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, including director for policy planning and director for homeland defense strategic planning and program integration.

•The president nominated Dr. Susanna Loeb to be a member of the board of directors for the National Board for Education Sciences. Loeb works at Stanford University as a professor of education and is director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis. She has also led the Association for Education Finance and Policy as president and is a senior fellow for the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

• Obama nominated Ward Brehm to be a member of the African Development Foundations’ board of directors. Brehm heads the Brehm Group, an insurance consulting practice, as founder and chairman. He is currently a member of the foundation’s board and has previously served as its chairman. He has also been awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal.