President Biden Announces Key Appointments to Boards and Commissions

President Biden Announces Key Appointments to Boards and Commissions

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

  • Jill Nash, Member, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
  • Teri Hawks Goodmann, Chair, National Capital Planning Commission
  • Margaret A. Hamburg, Vice Chair, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board
  • Kim Cobb, Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board
  • Kneeland Conner Youngblood, Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board supervises the Fulbright Program and certain programs authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act and for the purpose of selecting students, scholars, teachers, trainees, and other persons to participate in the educational exchange programs. Appointed by the President, the 12-member Board meets quarterly in Washington, DC. The Board establishes worldwide policies and procedures for the Program and issues an annual report on the state of the Program.

Jill Nash, Member, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

Jill Nash is a senior public affairs and corporate communications executive who has developed and led global teams for a number of innovative consumer and technology brands, including The Charles Schwab Corp., Gap Inc., and Yahoo Inc. She has a successful track record helping organizations navigate periods of crisis, growth, and cultural transformation. More recently, she co-founded Women for Biden-Harris digital, enlisting a team of more than 350 volunteers that built a digital community of more than 800,000 women across social media platforms and geographies.

In addition to her professional work, Nash has also helped guide major philanthropies as both a board member and volunteer. As a part of this work, she has been an active mentor, championing young professionals while also creating opportunities for them to develop their strengths and leadership skills in both the public and private sectors. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Sports Foundation and Emerge California, a premiere candidate training program. She’s also a member of the International Women’s Forum and is a past board member of, GLAAD, and the San Francisco SPCA. She has received numerous professional honors and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University.

National Capital Planning Commission

Established by Congress in 1924, the National Capital Planning Commission is the federal government’s central planning agency for the National Capital Region. Through planning, policymaking, and project review, the National Capital Planning Commission protects and advances the federal government’s interest in the region’s development. The Commission provides overall planning guidance for federal land and buildings in the region by reviewing the design of federal and certain local projects, overseeing long-range planning for future development, and monitoring capital investment by federal agencies. The 12-member Commission represents federal and local constituencies with a stake in planning for the nation’s capital.

Teri Hawks Goodmann, Chair, National Capital Planning Commission

Teri Hawks Goodmann, a lifelong Iowan, serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the City of Dubuque, Iowa. She served as Assistant City Manager for Dubuque from 2012 to 2020. Prior to joining the City of Dubuque, Goodmann served from 1994 to 2012 as a Lead Developer of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, a Smithsonian Affiliate, the largest cultural and environmental interpretive center for the Mississippi and the Rivers of America in the United States. Goodmann’s experience includes city and regional planning, environmental restoration, economic development, historic preservation, cultural resource development, fund development, and government advocacy at the state and federal level. Community development and enhancement with a focus on equity, sustainability, and resilience is a priority for Goodmann.

Goodmann’s Iowa Gubernatorial appointments have included the State Historical Society Board of Trustees, Vertical Infrastructure Advisory Committee, Smart Growth Planning Task Force, and the Norman Borlaug Congressional Statue Committee. Additionally, Goodmann was appointed to the EPA’s Local Government Advisory Commission, advising the administrator on critical environmental issues impacting local governments. She currently serves on the Dubuque County Historical Society Board of Directors and the National Waterways Foundation Board, and is a founding member of Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative and America’s Watershed Initiative. Goodmann has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Clarke University, in Dubuque, where she also attended the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France for a focus on language and history.

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.

Margaret A. Hamburg, Vice Chair, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

Dr. Margaret Hamburg is an internationally recognized leader in public health, medicine, and science, perhaps best known for her expertise on biological threats and biomedical research and innovation. She currently serves as Co-President of the InterAcademy Partnership, an international consortium of national academies of science and medicine working to advance the role of science in evidence-based policy decisions and the search for solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. Previously, Hamburg has served in numerous leadership roles including: Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, New York City Health Commissioner, and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. She also served as the Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine, Vice President and Senior Scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and President/Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Hamburg sits on a range of boards and advisory committees, including Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, The Nuclear Threat Initiative, The Council on Foreign Relations, The Commonwealth Fund, The Urban Institute, The Nature Conservancy, The Lasker Foundation, Ending Pandemics, and Resolve to Save Lives. She recently chaired the Commonwealth Commission on a National Public Health System, as well as the WHO Expert Group on Human Genome Editing and Global Governance. She currently serves on the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. Hamburg is widely published and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. Hamburg is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School and is board-certified in Internal Medicine. 

Kim Cobb, Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

Kim Cobb is the Director of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Professor in Environment and Society, and Professor in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Brown University. As a climate scientist, she uses observations of past and present climate to advance our understanding of future climate change impacts, with a focus on climate extremes and coastal flooding. She received her B.A. from Yale University in 1996 and her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 2002. Prior to joining Brown in 2022, she served as Director of the Global Change Program at Georgia Tech, Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and ADVANCE Professor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In her research, Cobb has sailed on oceanographic cruises to the remote central Pacific and led caving expeditions in the Borneo rainforests.

She received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Hans Oeschger Medal from the European Geosciences Union in 2019. She was elected as an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow in 2021 and was a Lead Author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, released in 2021. As a mother to four, Cobb is a strong advocate for women in science, and champions diversity and inclusion in all that she does. She is also devoted to the communication of climate change to the public through media appearances, public speaking, and social media channels, and enjoys frequent exchanges with policymakers about climate impacts and solutions.

Kneeland Conner Youngblood, Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

Kneeland Conner Youngblood is Founding Partner, Chairman, and CEO of Pharos Capital Group, a healthcare-focused private equity firm. Youngblood currently serves as Lead Director of Light & Wonder, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange company. He is also on the Board of the California Institute of Technology and the Milken Institute. He has and currently serves on numerous public, private, and not for profit boards including American Beacon Advisors, Inc. (a subsidiary of American Airlines), where he previously chaired the Board, Starwood Hotels and Lodging, Gap Inc., and Burger King Corporation. He previously served as a gubernatorial and a presidential appointee with Senate confirmation. Youngblood is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and graduated from Princeton University with an A.B in Politics/Science in Human Affairs and earned his M.D. from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School.


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