Senate Confirmations: Suzan G. LeVine, Peter A. Selfridge, Pamela K. Hamamoto

— Domani Spero

The Senate confirmations of the Obama nominees continue to trickle down.   Ambassador LeVine’s nomination was announced on January 30, 2014 and she was confirmed by the full Senate on May 1st. Ambassador Selfridge who moved from the WH to the State Department was nominated in December 2013.  Ambassador Hamamoto was nominated in August 1, 2013 and had waited over nine months for her Senate confirmation.


  • May 01, 2014 | Suzan G. LeVine, of Washington, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary  of the United States of America to the Swiss Confederation, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Principality of Liechtenstein.


  • May 05, 2014 | Peter A. Selfridge, of Minnesota, to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of  Ambassador during his tenure of service.


  • May 08, 2014 | Pamela K. Hamamoto, of Hawaii, to be Representative of the United States of  America to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, with the rank of Ambassador.


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Officially In: David J. Lane – from the White House to UNFAO

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.

Domani Spero

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