Officially In: Kerri-Ann Jones to OES

On June 24, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones for Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) at the Department of State.

Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones is currently an independent consultant. She has served previously as the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering. Dr. Jones has also served as Acting Director and Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP). Prior to joining OSTP, Dr. Jones worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where her work focused on science and technology development activities. She served in New Delhi, India as the biotechnology advisor to the USAID mission. Dr. Jones began her government career as a Science, Engineering, and Diplomacy fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University and a B.A. in Chemistry from Barnard College.

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Quickie: The Leadership & Management Legacy

The most significant training innovation during the Powell era was the establishment of mandatory leadership and management training. To remedy what Secretary Powell considered to be a serious deficiency, he established a policy, still in place, that required leadership and management training as a prerequisite for all promotions after 2006. This was a monumental step for the Department. As Dawn Frick, the management coordinator at NFATC, observed, “we’re involved in a culture change – from a culture that didn’t support leadership training and development to one that values, enforces and practices sound leadership up and down through the chain.”

At that time, Ambassador Prudence Bushnell, dean of the Leadership and Management School at NFATC warned that introducing training and leadership into the Department’s culture would not inculcate without the support of employees at all levels. Apparently her insight proved correct, since in June 2008 AFSA President John Naland suggested that the next re-engineering of the personnel system should import the military’s enormously successful commitment to training and professional education.

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SFRC Hearings: Valenzuela, Shannon, Pascual, Merten



Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2009
: 9:00 A.M.
Place: 419 Dirksen Senate Building
Presiding: Senator Dodd


Panel 1:

Arturo Valenzuela
to be Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs

Panel 2:

The Honorable Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.
to be Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil

The Honorable Carlos Pascual
to be Ambassador to Mexico

Kenneth H. Merten
to be Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti

Hearing Titles “NOMINATIONS” in blue in this page are links to video recording of hearing. Witness names in blue are links to the statement given. Statements are only posted if provided electronically by witness.