Appointments

• President Obama has nominated Michael Kirby to be ambassador to the Republic of Serbia. Kirby is a Senior Foreign Service career member with the rank of minister-counselor and Consular Affairs Bureau principal deputy assistant secretary of State. Before that, he served as ambassador to the Republic of Moldova and as consul general at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea.


• The president has nominated Polly Trottenberg to be the Transportation Department’s undersecretary for policy. Trottenberg currently works in the department, holding the position of assistant secretary for transportation policy. Before that, she was executive director of Building America’s Future and served in the Senate in a variety of roles. She served Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) as deputy chief of staff and legislative director and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) as legislative director.


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• President Obama chose to nominate Mark Gearan to be a member of the board of directors for the Corporation for National and Community Service. He served on the board under former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and chaired the board in 2010-11. Before that, he was Peace Corps director, White House deputy chief of staff, assistant to the president and communications director. He also served on the Clinton-Gore Transition Team in 1992-93.


•  The president has nominated David Masumoto to be a member of the National Council on the Arts. Masumoto is an organic peach and grape farmer. He is also an author and columnist at The Fresno Bee. He has served on several boards, including for the California Council for the Humanities, James Irvine Foundation and Public Policy Institute of California.


• President Obama has nominated Katherine Polk Failla to be a United States District Court judge for the Southern District of New York. Failla has served as an assistant United States attorney in that location for more than a decade. She has held the Criminal Appeals Unit chief position for the last four years and served as deputy chief of that unit before that.



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