On April 11, President Obama announced his intent to nominate David J. Lane as the next US Rep to UNFAO. The nominee will have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as the United States Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. The WH released the following brief bio:
David J. Lane currently serves as Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Chief of Staff at the White House. From 2007 to 2011, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of ONE. Prior to joining ONE, Mr. Lane was the Director of Public Policy and External Affairs and Director of the East Coast Office for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. From 1993 to 2000, he served in a number of senior positions in the federal government, including Executive Director of the National Economic Council at the White House and Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
He received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
WaPo’s Who Runs Gov has this to say about David Lane:
When Bill Daley took the reins as White House chief of staff in January 2011, he brought his own former chief of staff, Lane, to the West Wing to advise him. Lane came to the Washington from a job as president and CEO of ONE, an organization that fights global poverty that was co-founded by the U2 rock star Bono. “He’s astute, considered and calm,” Bono said of Lane. “His presence means a better night’s sleep for those who work with him.”
If confirmed, Mr. Lane would succeed Democratic Party official, Ertharin Cousin who was appointed to UNFAO in 2009 and recently moved on as Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme.