POLICY BRIEFINGS


Trump Administration Key Policy Personnel cont.


Director of the National Economic Council: Gary Cohn
Gary Cohn is an American investment banker. He is currently the president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, where he has worked since 1990.

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: John Kelly
John Kelly is a retired Marine Corps general, and the former commander of the Unified Combatant Command responsible for American military operations in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. He previously served as the commanding general of the Multi-National Force—West in Iraq from February 2008 to February 2009, and later as the commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North.

Gen. Kelly was confirmed as Secretary of Homeland Security on January 20 by a vote of 88-11. .

Secretary of the Interior: Representative Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.)
Congressman Ryan Zinke is the sole Representative of Montana in the United States House. Ryan is a fifth generation Montanan, former state senator and a 23-year U.S. Navy SEAL veteran. In 2014, Ryan became the first Navy SEAL elected to the House. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources. The Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee held a hearing on Rep. Zinke’s nomination on January 17.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget: Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)
Mick Mulvaney was elected in November 2010 as the Congressman for South Carolina's 5th District. He is a lifelong Carolinas resident. After practicing law following graduating law school, he started his own law firm. Later, he ran his family’s real estate business then started a small homebuilding company. He has also owned and operated his own restaurant. He currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee as well as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The Senate Budget Committee will hold a hearing on Rep. Mulvaney’s nomination on January 24 at 10:30 a.m. in 608 Dirksen Bldg. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Rep. Mulvaney’s nomination on January 24 at 2:30 p.m. in 342 Dirksen Bldg.

Press Secretary: Sean Spicer
Sean M. Spicer has served as RNC Communications Director since 2011, and in February of 2015 added the duties of Chief Strategist. He previously served as Assistant United States Trade Representative for Media and Public affairs in the George W. Bush administration. From May 2005 to 2006, Sean was Communications Director for the House Republican Conference. Before that, he served as Communications Director for the House Budget Committee.

Director of Strategic Communications: Hope Hicks
Hope Hicks is the former press secretary for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, current spokeswoman for Trump's presidential transition team, and incoming White House Director of Strategic Communications. She previously worked with Ivanka Trump on her fashion line.

Director of Social Media: Dan Scavino
Dan Scavino was the director of social media for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. He founded and directs Scavino and Associates, a social media management company.

Counselor to the President: Kellyanne Conway
Kellyanne Conway was Trump's campaign manager during his 2016 presidential campaign. She is a longtime pollster and analyst, specializing in polling data concerning women and younger voters.

Director of the White House National Trade Council: Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro is a professor of economics and public policy at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. Prior to teaching, Navarro served in the Peace Corps in Southeast Asia and worked in Washington, D.C. as an energy and environmental policy analyst.

Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism: Tom Bossert
Tom Bossert is currently a fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative. Bossert was a deputy homeland security adviser in the last year of the Bush administration. He also spent two years as the White House director of infrastructure protection policy.

Special Representative for International Negotiations: Jason Greenblatt
Jason Dov Greenblatt is executive vice president and chief legal officer to Donald Trump and The Trump Organization, and his advisor on Israel.

U.S. Trade Representative: Robert Lighthizer
Lighthizer served as deputy U.S. trade representative in the Reagan administration. He also has experience as chief of staff for the Senate Finance Committee, and has worked in international trade law at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom.

Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: Jay Clayton
Clayton is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP on Wall Street. He has also worked as an adjunct professor at University of Pennsylvania’s law school.

Director of National Intelligence: Dan Coats
Former Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) was a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He is also a former ambassador to Germany.

Secretary of Transportation: Elaine Chao
Elaine Chao was the 24th U. S. Secretary of Labor who served from 2001-2009. Secretary Chao’s career spans the public, private and non-profit sectors. She is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America and former Director of the Peace Corps. Her government service also includes serving as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, Deputy Maritime Administrator, and White House Fellow. Prior to her government service, she was Vice President of Syndications at BankAmerica Capital Markets Group and a banker with Citicorp in New York.

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on Ms. Chao’s nomination on January 11.

Director of White House Domestic Policy Council: Andrew Bremberg
Andrew Bremberg worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2009, including serving as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Public Health and Science. He later served as Policy Advisor and Counsel on Nominations for Senator Mitch McConnell. He worked as the Policy Director for the 2016 Republican Party Platform. He now works in a lead policy and administrative role on the Presidential Transition Team.

Deputy Director of Domestic Policy Council and Director of Budget Policy: Paul Winfree
Paul Winfree was Director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, the Center for Data Analysis and the Richard F. Aster Research Fellow, all at The Heritage Foundation. Prior to joining Heritage, Mr. Winfree was the Director of Income Security on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.

Healthcare Policy: Katy Talento
Katy Talento, an infectious disease epidemiologist with nearly 20 years of experience in public health and health policy, as well as government oversight and investigations and program evaluation, served on the campaign since July 2016. Ms. Talento has spent 12 years in the U.S. Senate, working for five Senators and two committees. She has also worked in the field on disease control programs in the U.S. and in Africa.

Urban Affairs and Revitalization: Ja’Ron Smith
Ja’Ron K. Smith has served as a Congressional staff member for nearly a decade. Smith served the House Republican Conference legislative staff under then-Chairman Mike Pence prior to joining the Republican Study Committee to serve on the professional policy staff under Congressman Jim Jordan. He later served as Economic Advisor to Senator Tim Scott and currently works as the Director of External Affairs for Generation Opportunity.

Education Policy: Rob Goad
Rob Goad currently serves on the Presidential Transition as the education lead for the implementation of the President’s education policy agenda. Prior to developing education policy for the President’s successful campaign, Mr. Goad served as a Senior Policy Advisor to House Policy Committee Chair Luke Messer focusing on education issues. He also played a pivotal role advancing school choice policies as Director of the Congressional School Choice Caucus.

Justice and Homeland Security Policy: John Zadrozny
John Zadrozny has worked for the past six years on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary for Senator Ted Cruz. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, he served in the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Department of State.

Regulatory Reform and Legal and Immigration Policy: Zina Bash
Zina Bash has held a variety of positions in business, law and government, and currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Development at Doctors’ Hospital at Renaissance. Her previous positions include Deputy Director of Policy and Communications for Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign and Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee in Senator John Cornyn’s office. Ms. Bash also practiced law as an appellate attorney at international law firm Gibson Dunn, & Crutcher LLP. Ms. Bash also served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Senior Policy Analyst: Peter J. White
Peter White has worked at the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. Most recently, Mr. White served as Legislative Counsel for Congressman Mo Brooks. Licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Mr. White is an active member of the Federalist Society and performs pro bono legal work for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.



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