Biden nominates ambassadors to Sweden, Belgium and the Dominican Republic


President Biden will nominate Erik Ramanathan to serve as ambassador to Sweden, Michael Adler to serve as ambassador to Belgium and Calvin Smyre to serve as ambassador to the Dominican Republic, the president announced on Wednesday.

Ramanathan, who is the nominee for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Sweden, is the chairman of the board of a health nonprofit, Heluna Health, which focuses on maternal and child health, nutrition, literacy, supportive housing, infectious disease, additional, and efforts to combat COVID-19.

He previously was executive director of the Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession, was senior vice president and general counsel of biotechnology company ImClone Systems, and was a health care attorney at Proskauer Rose LLP.

The White House said in a statement that Ramanathan is “an LGBTQ+ community leader for more than three decades and is the recipient of honors including the Global Vision Award for service to the LGBTQ+ and HIV+ immigrant and asylee communities.” 

Adler, who is the nominee for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Belgium, is the CEO of the Adler Group, a real estate company based in Florida. The White House touted his company as having played a role in the development of South Florida as an international trade center. 

Adler previously was the chairman of Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he still sits on the board of trustees. 

Ramanathan and Adler were both bundlers for Biden’s 2020 presidential race, The Associated Press reported.

Smyre, who is the nominee for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Dominican Republic, is a representative in the Georgia State Assembly, where he has served for 47 years and was chairman of the Democratic caucus for more than a decade. He’s the longest-serving member in the legislature and is on the Appropriations and Higher Education committees. 

He also is the president emeritus of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and a member of the National Conference of State Legislators. He previously was executive vice president of corporate affairs for Synovus Financial Corporation and served on the board of trustees of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation.

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