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Press Release - President Biden Announces Key Appointments to Boards and Commissions

August 26, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, President Biden announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to serve in key roles:

  • Everett Bernard Kelley, Member, Federal Salary Council
  • David Jeffrey Holway, Member, Federal Salary Council
  • Patrick J. Yoes, Member, Federal Salary Council
  • Jeremy B. Bash, Member, President's Intelligence Advisory Board
  • Blair W. Effron, Member, President's Intelligence Advisory Board
  • Raymond M. Jefferson, Member, President's Commission on White House Fellowships

Federal Salary Council
The Federal Salary Council is an advisory body of the executive branch that provides recommendations on pay differentials for federal employees. The Council submits recommendations to the Secretary of Labor, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Everett Bernard Kelley, Member, Federal Salary Council
Dr. Everett Bernard Kelley is an anointed preacher, teacher, and community leader who currently serves as President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), a position he has held since 2020. Previously, Kelley was elected to the position of National Secretary Treasurer of AFGE in 2018. Prior to this, Kelley served as National Vice President of AFGE District 5 for seven years where he grew the membership from 38,000 members to over 51,000 members. Kelley rededicated himself to ministry at Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Sylacauga, Alabama where he served from 1982 to 1987. In 1987, Kelley was appointed pastor of St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church in Lincoln, Alabama, a position he held for over 31 years before retiring in 2019 and being appointed Pastor Emeritus. Kelley is an instructor at Rushing Springs School of Theology and Birmingham Estonian Bible College. With a passion for people and a desire to make a difference, Kelley founded Project Hope Outreach Ministries Inc., an organization designed to provide direct services to the underserved, and is also the President & CEO of E. B. Kelley Ministries LLC, which has extended subsidiaries.

Rooted in an obligation to community service that extends over three decades, Kelley currently holds board memberships with Habitat for Humanity, Coalition of Black Trade Unionist, and is a present member of the Labor Roundtable. As a military veteran, Kelley served in the United States Army for three years. Kelley attended Central Alabama Community College, Selma University, and earned a Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theology from Rushing Spring School of Theology. He also earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Counseling and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity at St. Thomas Christian University in Jacksonville, Florida. Kelley resides in Maryland with his very supportive wife of 39 years, Elizabeth Kelley. The two are the proud parents of four adult children, and the grandparents of six.

David Jeffrey Holway, Member, Federal Salary Council
David Jeffrey Holway is National President of the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE). After graduating from Rindge Technical High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Holway attended evening classes at Boston State College so that he could work full-time for the Massachusetts state legislature. Holway was elected as a delegate to several state and national Democratic Conventions, and in 1976, became the youngest person in Massachusetts history to be elected to the Democratic National Committee. Also in 1976, Holway was a member of the Electoral College and voted for the Carter/Mondale ticket.

In the 1980s, Holway became legislative director for the National Association of Government Employees, which is the largest state-employee union in Massachusetts. In 1995 he became the lead negotiator for the union, successfully negotiating contracts with the Commonwealth that guaranteed annual across-the-board pay increases while protecting and expanding the interests and benefits for over 22,000 members across the state. In 2002, Holway was elected President of NAGE and is in his fifth term.

Patrick J. Yoes, Member, Federal Salary Council
Patrick J. Yoes was elected National President at the 64th Biennial Conference of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) in 2019 and represents more than 364,000 law enforcement officers nationwide. Yoes has since made it his mission to lead the FOP in these changing and dynamic times to find solutions to the real issues facing the law enforcement profession.

After nearly 36 years as an active law enforcement officer, Yoes retired in 2020 from the St. Charles Sheriff's Office. During his career with the agency, Yoes worked as a patrol deputy, patrol sergeant, school resource officer, and detective in the criminal investigation division, becoming commander of the Special Services Division.

President's Intelligence Advisory Board
The President's Intelligence Advisory Board is an independent element within the Executive Office of the President. The President's Intelligence Advisory Board exists exclusively to assist the President by providing the President with an independent source of advice on the effectiveness with which the Intelligence Community is meeting the nation's intelligence needs and the vigor and insight with which the community plans for the future. The President is able to appoint up to 16 members of the Board.

Jeremy B. Bash, Member, President's Intelligence Advisory Board
Jeremy Bash served as Chief of Staff at the CIA and the U.S. Department of Defense, in both roles for Secretary Leon Panetta. Bash held multiple roles on Capitol Hill, including as Chief Counsel of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and as Counsel to Congresswoman Jane Harman. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Clandestine Service's Donovan Award, the CIA Director's Award, and the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Bash is currently a Managing Director of Beacon Global Strategies, an advisory firm he co-founded in 2013, and he serves on the boards of directors for two technology companies, as well as the board of directors for the Truman Center for National Policy and the International Spy Museum.

Blair W. Effron, Member, President's Intelligence Advisory Board
Blair W. Effron is cofounder of Centerview Partners, a leading independent investment banking and advisory firm with offices in New York, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Paris, and San Francisco. The firm has over five hundred professionals and provides assistance on mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings, general advisory, valuation, and capital structure to companies, institutions, and governments. Since its founding in 2006, the firm has advised in over $3 trillion in transactions and ranks among the most active banking firms globally in strategic advisory. The firm works with public and private companies across a range of sectors including the consumer, energy, financial, general industrial, health care, media, retail, technology, and telecommunications industries.

Effron serves on the boards of trustees of the Council on Foreign Relations as vice chairman, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Visions for Public Schools, the Partnership for New York City, and Princeton University. He also sits on the advisory board of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative affiliated with the Brookings Institution. Effron holds a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He resides in New York with his wife Cheryl and has three children.

President's Commission on White House Fellowships
The President's Commission on White House Fellowships is composed of outstanding citizens who reflect the diversity and strength of America while representing a broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and professions. Commissioners are responsible for recommending a group of candidates to the President for selection as White House Fellows, a prestigious program for leadership and public service that provides young Americans experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

Raymond M. Jefferson, Member, President's Commission on White House Fellowships
Ray Jefferson is the President of Jefferson Group, a global leadership development consultancy, as well as the Chair and Co-Founder of the Service Academies Global Summit. Earlier in his career, Jefferson served as a White House Fellow and worked as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Additionally, he served as a Fulbright Fellow in Singapore; as the Deputy Director for Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism; and as a Leadership Consultant with McKinsey & Company based in Singapore. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Jefferson as the Senate-confirmed U.S. Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Jefferson graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1988 and served as an Army Officer with the infantry, Rangers, and Special Forces. Jefferson lost all five fingers on his left hand while attempting to protect his teammates from a hand grenade detonating prematurely during training. He attended Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, earning an MPA in Strategic Management, and went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School. Jefferson's commitment to service has been recognized throughout his career, including when he was selected by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell as one of the two inaugural recipients of the Harrison H. Schmitt Fulbright Alumni Leadership Award for dedication to public service. Jefferson is a member of the Asia Society, Council on Foreign Relations (life member), Fulbright Association, HBS African-American Alumni Association, NAACP, Special Forces Association, 75th Ranger Regiment Association, and Young Presidents' Organization. Born and raised in Guilderland, New York, he now considers home to be Honolulu, Hawaii.

Joseph R. Biden, Press Release - President Biden Announces Key Appointments to Boards and Commissions Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/357540

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