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Robert W. Johnson IV nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom

June 26, 2017: Robert W. “Woody” Johnson IV was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Johnson, 70, Republican, has been the chairman and chief executive officer of The Johnson Company in New York City for more than thirty years. The Johnson Company is a private investment company that was founded in 1978. Johnson has also been the chairman and CEO of the New York Jets professional football team since 2000. He is also the CEO of the New York Jets Foundation. Johnson is the great-grandson of Robert Wood Johnson I, the co-founder of household products company Johnson and Johnson. Johnson became involved in charitable organizations full-time in the 1980s. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a private, non-governmental political organization. His family has been affected by lupus and juvenile diabetes, which motivated Johnson to work on raising money to prevent, treat, and cure autoimmune diseases. He started a research foundation, the Alliance for Lupus Research, after his daughter Jaime was found to have lupus. On Jan. 18, 2000, Johnson purchased the Jets for $635 million, the third-highest price for a professional sports team and the highest for one in New York.

Cindy Messer appointed Acting Director, California Water Resources Department


June 26, 2017: Bill Croyle announced on Friday, June 23, 2017, that he plans to retire in July, 2017, as the Acting Director of the California Department of Water Resources. Croyle, 59, has been the department’s Acting Director for six months. Cindy Messer, the department’s Chief Deputy Director, has been appointed to succeed Croyle, also as the Acting Director. Croyle is an engineer who has worked in emergency preparedness and drought management for the Water Resources Department. Messer has held several jobs at the department, and she has also worked at the Delta Stewardship Council.

Maria Brewer nominated as U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone


June 26, 2017: Maria E. Brewer was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Brewer, of Indiana, is a career member of the federal government’s Senior Foreign Service, and she has worked as a diplomat since 1996. She is currently the Deputy Director of the Career Development and Assignments Division at the Bureau of Human Resources at the U.S. Department of State. Brewer received an M.S. from the National Defense University Industrial College fo the Armed Forces.

Marie Ganim appointed as Rhode Island Health Insurance Commissioner


June 26, 2017: Kathleen Hittner announced on Thursday, June 8, 2017, that she plans to retire as the Rhode Island Health Insurance Commissioner in July, 2017. Hittner has worked for the state for four years, since her appointment in June, 2013. Marie L. Ganim, of Lincoln, has been appointed to succeed Hittner by Gov. Gina Raimondo. Ganim is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff and the Policy Director for the Rhode Island State Senate. She was previously the Senate’s Director of Health and Human Services Policy. Before working for the Senate, she was the Policy Director for former U.S. Rep. Robert A. Weygand and a Health Policy Specialist at the Rhode Island State House of Representatives. Ganim received a master's degree in public administration from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in public and international affairs with a specialty in health policy from Northeastern University.

James Byrne nominated as VA General Counsel


June 26, 2017: James Byrne was nominated as the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Byrne, of Virginia, was most recently the Associate General Counsel and the Chief Privacy Officer at Lockheed Martin. He was also Lockheed’s lead cyber and counterintelligence lawyer. Before he joined Lockheed Martin, Bryne was the Senior Executive Service Deputy Special Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Special Counsel and the General Counsel and Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. Byrne received his law degree from the Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Gerald Fauth nominated as National Mediation Board Member


June 26, 2017: Gerald W. Fauth was nominated as a Member of the National Mediation Board on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Fauth, of Virginia, was nominated for the rest of a three-year term that ends on July 1, 2017, and for an additional three-year term that ends on July 1, 2020. Fauth has worked in the private sector and in the federal government for more than thirty-nine years on economic, regulatory, public policy and legislative issues related to transportation. He has been involved in negotiating, mediating, arbitrating, facilitating, supporting via expert testimony, or deciding the resolution of hundreds of transportation problems and disputes during his career. Fauth has worked at the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, where he worked for more than three years as the Chief of Staff and the Senior Adviser to a Board Member. Today he is the president of G.W. Fauth and Associates, Inc., a transportation economic consulting company based in Alexandria, Virginia.

Jamie McCourt nominated as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium


June 26, 2017: Jamie McCourt was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium on Thursday, June 22, 2017. McCourt, of California, has founded and directed several business in Los Angeles and Boston, most recently Jamie M, LLC. She was previously the co-owner and former president and chief executive officer of the professional baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management. McCourt received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, and her M.S. from the MIT/Sloan School of Management.