Press Release - President Biden Announces Key Nominees
WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following leaders to serve as key leaders in his administration:
- Nate Fick, Nominee for Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy
- Daniel N. Rosenblum, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Kazakhstan
- Kathleen Ann Kavalec, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Romania
- Richard K. Delmar, Nominee for the Inspector General of the Department of the Treasury
- Karla Gilbride, Nominee for General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Terrence Edwards, Nominee for Inspector General for the National Reconnaissance Office
- Richard E. DiZinno, Nominee for Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
- Adam Wade White, Nominee for Member of the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors
- William Renick Sr., Nominee for Member of the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors
Nate Fick, Nominee for Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy
Nate Fick leads Elastic's information security business globally as Vice President, Security Strategy. Previously, he was CEO of Endgame, a cybersecurity software company, from 2012 through its acquisition by Elastic in 2019. He also led Endgame's professional services business through its acquisition by Accenture in 2017. Fick spent nearly a decade as an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, where he worked with management teams to build technology businesses. He writes and speaks regularly on leadership, corporate governance, security and technology issues. Fick was named by Fast Company magazine as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" and Endgame was selected by Forbes as one of the "100 Best Cloud Companies in the World." From 2009-2012, Fick was CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). While at CNAS, he launched the Center's program on technology and national security, and oversaw work related to NATO readiness, diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific, and support for veterans and military families. Fick served as a Marine Corps infantry and reconnaissance officer, including combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Fick graduated with high honors in Classics from Dartmouth College and holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He serves as a board member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and on the Military and Veterans Advisory Council at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Daniel N. Rosenblum, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Kazakhstan
Daniel N. Rosenblum, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, has served as U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan since 2019. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs where he managed U.S. policy and diplomatic relations with the five Central Asian states. Previously, Rosenblum served as Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia, where he was responsible for ensuring the strategic and efficient expenditure of foreign aid budgets averaging over $1 billion annually. He also served as the primary U.S. government liaison with other international donors, including the European Union and multilateral development banks. Earlier, Rosenblum held the positions of Deputy Coordinator, Director of the Eurasia Division, and Special Advisor for Economic Programs in the Assistance Coordinator's office. Before joining the State Department, Rosenblum spent six years at the Free Trade Union Institute (FTUI), where he managed U.S. government grants related to the post-Communist transition in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He managed the operation of field offices in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Poland. Rosenblum also worked as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Carl Levin, where he advised on foreign affairs and trade policy. Rosenblum received his B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.A. in Soviet Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He speaks Russian.
Kathleen Ann Kavalec, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Romania
Kathleen Ann Kavalec, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the Head of Mission at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, on detail from the Department of State since 2019. Previously, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Prior to that, Kavalec was the Director of the Office of Russian Affairs and the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission UNESCO in Paris, France. Kavalec oversaw major U.S. foreign assistance programs as Deputy Coordinator for Assistance in the European Bureau, and as Director for Conflict Prevention in the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. Kavalec's other overseas assignments include service as Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania; Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine; and Political Officer, U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia (twice). In Washington, she served as a Legislative Management Officer in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, and as Director of the Economic Unit in the Office of the Coordinator for Assistance for the New Independent States. A native of California, Kavalec earned her A.B. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Kavalec is the recipient of numerous State Department awards, as well as the Presidential Rank Award. She speaks Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Russian.
Richard K. Delmar, Nominee for the Inspector General of the Department of the Treasury
Richard K. Delmar is the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of the Treasury. He has served as Acting Inspector General and as Counsel. Earlier in his career, Delmar served on active duty in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice Tax Division, and as a tax litigator and criminal tax program manager with the Office of Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service. Delmar is a graduate of Georgetown University, the New York University School of Law, and the Naval War College Off-Campus Graduate Program. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
Karla Gilbride, Nominee for General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Karla Gilbride has litigated on behalf of workers and others denied an equal opportunity because of discriminatory barriers since graduating from Georgetown Law School in 2007. After clerking for Judge Ronald Gould on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, she spent three years at Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, CA, where she sought to ensure that people with disabilities received the accommodations they needed on professional licensing exams, and that disabled residents of Los Angeles had access to shelter, transportation and other governmental services in the event of a natural disaster. Gilbride formerly served as an Associate at Mehri & Skalet PLLC in Washington, DC representing workers in discrimination and wage and hour cases, and also worked on a case under the Fair Housing Act to ensure that multi-family housing in Florida was accessible to residents with mobility disabilities.
Gilbride currently works at Public Justice, litigating cases and appeals on behalf of low-wage workers and others who are disproportionately harmed by procedural barriers. Her cases at Public Justice have focused on mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration provisions that prevent workers and consumers from using the public courts when they experience unfair pay, on-the-job harassment or other violations of law. She has successfully argued appeals in U.S. Courts of Appeals on the topic of arbitration, and recently won a unanimous Supreme Court decision involving arbitration. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she represented meatpacking workers at a Smithfield processing plant in Missouri and Amazon workers at a warehouse in New York.
Terrence Edwards, Nominee for Inspector General for the National Reconnaissance Office
Terrence Edwards is currently the Chief of Staff to the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence. Prior to serving in this position, Edwards was the Deputy General Counsel for Management in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where he oversaw the provisioning of legal advice on a wide array of national security issues. Since 2005, Edwards has held a number of other legal positions within the federal government, including Senior Attorney at the National Security Agency, Senior Acquisition Attorney at the Communications Electronics Command and Attorney-Advisor at the Army Sustainment Command. Edwards has received several awards during his career, including the Presidential Rank Award. Edwards holds a J.D. from The Ohio State University, an M.S.B.A from Texas A&M University Texarkana, and a B.S. from McNeese State University.
Richard E. DiZinno, Nominee for Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Richard E. DiZinno currently serves as the Vice President for Strategy, Policy, and Government Affairs at the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). DiZinno oversees the formulation and implementation of NICB policy positions, coordinates strategic planning, and manages the government affairs team. Prior to NICB, DiZinno served as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he advised the Deputy Attorney General on significant national security matters. Before DOJ, he was Chief Counsel for National Security and Crime for the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee. In that role, DiZinno helped shepherd the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 2018; passage of the CLOUD Act, which established a process for law enforcement to request data in other countries; and Senate passage of the USA FREEDOM Act reauthorization in 2020.
DiZinno formerly served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Columbia. While in the National Security section, he led investigations involving terrorist financing through large financial institutions, illegal exports of U.S.-origin goods, counterintelligence investigations of classified material, and international human smuggling operations. He tried over fifty cases to verdict over eight years. DiZinno spent four years as an Associate at Howrey LLP, a specialty litigation firm in D.C. DiZinno received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, and attended the George Washington University School of Law. After law school, he served as a Judicial Assistant for Chief Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. District Court in D.C.
Adam Wade White, Nominee for Member of the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors
Adam "Wade" White, a Lyon County native, is currently serving his 12th year as Lyon County Judge Executive. During his tenure as Judge Executive, Wade has been a recipient of multiple awards, such as the Kentucky Elected Official Ripple Effect issued by Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful Group. He was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2016 and in 2018, Wade initiated the "War on Carp" as Asian Carp were having a negative impact on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Wade graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1995. He currently lives in Lyon County, Kentucky, with his wife.
William Renick Sr., Nominee for Member of the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors
William J. "Bill" Renick is currently the Chairman of the Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi. For the past 13 years, until June 30, 2021, he served as the Workforce Division Director at Three Rivers Planning and Development District in Pontotoc, leading the Mississippi Partnership Local Workforce Area which covers 27 counties in North Mississippi. Renick entered public service at the age of 18, when he was elected to the Board of Aldermen in Ashland, Mississippi and later was elected Mayor. He also previously served on the Benton County Board of Supervisors, and eventually the State Senate. Renick served as Chief-of-Staff to Lt. Governor Eddie Briggs (R-Mississippi) and later as Chief-of-Staff to Governor Ronnie Musgrove (D-Mississippi). In between those years of public service, Renick was Administrator of Holly Springs Memorial Hospital, President of the Retail Association of Mississippi, and Executive Director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority. Renick is a native of Ashland, Mississippi.
Joseph R. Biden, Press Release - President Biden Announces Key Nominees Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/356292