Appointments

• The president intends to nominate James B. Cunningham to be the ambassador to Afghanistan. He currently serves as the deputy ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Before that, Cunningham worked as the U.S. ambassador to Israel and the U.S. consul general in Hong Kong, among other diplomatic posts in the United Nations, NATO and the State Department.


• President Obama intends to nominate Richard G. Olson for a post as the ambassador to Pakistan. Before that, Olson served as the coordinating director for development and economic affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and the U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. In addition to other posts in NATO, Olson has worked in Mexico, Uganda, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Iraq. 


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• The president has nominated Mark A. Barnett to serve on the United States Court of International Trade. He is currently the deputy chief counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel for Import Administration at the United States Department of Commerce. Barnett previously served as the trade counsel for a House Way and Means subcommittee.


• President Obama intends to appoint the following 11 individuals to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities: Peter H. Bell, Jack Martin Brandt, Micki Edelsohn, Ann Hardiman, Alison A. Hillman de Velásquez, Carl M. La Mell, Julie Ann Petty, Lauren Potter, Lillian Sugarman, Carol Wheeler and Sheryl White-Scott. The appointees come from the nonprofit sector, the public sector, the entertainment industry, corporations and university posts. Bell, for example, is the executive vice president for programs & services at Autism Speaks, while Brandt is the disability policy specialist for the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. Edelsohn is the treasurer for the Homes for Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization she founded in 1999 that builds group homes for adults with intellectual disabilities. Potter is a cast member on “Glee,” in addition to serving on the board of Best Buddies International.