President Biden announces five key appointments
WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intention to appoint the following five people to fill key positions:
- Amanda Howe, Candidate for Deputy Administrator for Mission Support, Environmental Protection Agency
- Guy Kiyokawa, candidate for the post of Assistant Secretary for Business Integration, Ministry of Veterans Affairs
- Damon Smith, Candidate for General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development
- William Eugene Holloway, Candidate for Board Member of the National Institute of Building Sciences
- Javier Ramirez, candidate for the post of Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Amanda Howe, Candidate for Deputy Administrator for Mission Support, Environmental Protection Agency
Amanda Howe is a career public servant, helping to lead progressive change in government, politics and the nonprofit sector. She served as director of operations for Kamala Harris For The People’s presidential campaign in 2019 and for the Democratic National Committee before, during and after President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012. Over the past year, she was a senior advisor to the president of Everytown for Gun Safety and the Maya Wiley for Mayor campaign in New York. Howe was Deputy and then Acting Chief of Staff to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and after, as a city consultant, helped plan the first-ever Tape Parade for a Women’s World Cup team. women’s football team of the United States. win and for the official visit of Pope Francis and his procession through Central Park. She was vice president of the American Council on Renewable Energy in Washington, DC In Virginia, Howe served as assistant secretary for commerce and commerce to then Governor Mark R. Warner and led planning for the then governor, Tim Kaine. the Virginia portion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip’s most recent official visit to the United States in 2007. Howe holds a BA in Political Science from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.
Guy Kiyokawa, candidate for the post of Assistant Secretary for Business Integration, Ministry of Veterans Affairs
Mr. Guy Kiyokawa is currently Deputy Director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Falls Church, VA. DHA is a joint combat support agency supporting Army, Navy and Air Force medical services, and it administers the TRICARE health plan providing medical, dental and pharmaceutical programs in the worldwide to more than 9.6 million uniformed military personnel, retirees and their families. Prior to his selection to the Senior Executive Service in 2015, Mr. Kiyokawa completed a 29-year career in the United States Army with leadership experience in a variety of roles ranging from aero-medical evacuation pilot to healthcare facility engineering. through health care administration. He ended his career as Chief of Staff of the new Defense Health Agency and retired as colonel in 2015.
Mr. Kiyokawa was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and graduated in 1995 from the US Army-Baylor University Program with a Masters of Health Administration. Mr. Kiyokawa graduated from the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, where he obtained the War College Fellowship with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC. He currently resides in Vienna, Virginia with his wife and three children.
Damon Smith, Candidate for General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Damon Smith is currently Senior Assistant General Counsel in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He joined the Biden-Harris administration after serving as senior director of advocacy and counseling at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), representing the nation’s nonprofit credit unions in housing, telecommunications and financial security. Prior to joining CUNA, Smith was a partner at Jenner and Block LLP in Washington, DC, advising companies facing complex compliance, government regulation and enforcement issues.
Smith previously served as Senior Counsel and Acting General Counsel in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama-Biden administration, where he provided legal and policy advice on a range of programs and d ‘activities and defined the litigation strategy and regulatory program of the department. . Prior to his public service, he taught real estate and local government law as an associate professor at Rutgers-Camden Law School and visiting professor at the American University Washington College of Law. Smith began his legal career as a real estate partner with Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC, and prior to his law studies as a town planner in East St. Louis, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri.
Smith graduated from Harvard Law School with a BA in English and an MA in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
William Eugene Holloway, Candidate for Board Member of the National Institute of Building Sciences
Bill Holloway is vice president, director and chief operating officer of Delaware for Bernardon, an award-winning regional architecture, interior design and landscape architecture firm with offices in Wilmington, Delaware and West Chester and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Spanning 39 years of practice, his professional achievements include major projects in the public works, institutional and healthcare markets. Notable Holloway projects include the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Station in Wilmington, the restoration of the historic Old State House in Dover, Delaware, and the renovation of more than twenty-seven facilities for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Currently, Holloway is working on a major addition to the Delaware division of the public health laboratory in Smyrna, Delaware.
In recognition of his service to the architectural profession, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) appointed him Richard Upjohn Fellow at the national level for his service on the Institute’s Board of Trustees. In honor of his successful tenure as president of AIA Delaware, Holloway was appointed a fellow of the chapter’s G. Morris White Society. He was also voted to be accepted as a member of the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, a prestigious organization of builders, architects and engineers originally established in 1724.
Bill received his BA in Architecture from Pennsylvania State University, where he received the College of Arts and Architecture Medal for his creative accomplishments and the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for his leadership, service, and service. merit in architecture. He is also very proud of his years as a member of the Penn State Blue Band sousaphone rank. In the community and beyond, Bill is a long-time board member of the Boy Scouts of America of the Del-Mar-Va Council; member of the Delaware Easter Seals Society and the Eastern Shore Board of Directors; and member of the executive committee of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce. Bill also continued his musical vocation as a member of the Aldersgate Brass Ensemble. Bill and his 37-year-old wife, Cathy, reside in Chadds Ford, PA and together they have two grown children, Megan Holloway and Ben Holloway, both of Wilmington, Delaware.
Javier Ramirez, candidate for the post of Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Javier Ramirez started his career in the FMCS as Commissioner in 2005 and is currently Executive Director of the Agency Initiatives Division. This office is responsible for the Office of Conflict Management and Prevention, the Office of Strategy and Development, the Center for Conflict Resolution and Education, the FMCS Institute for Conflict Management, and the DC and Northern Virginia Commissioners. (HQ).
Javier has arbitrated disputes across all sectors of the economy (except aviation and rail) in professions such as the performing arts, public safety, faculty, hospitality, hospitals, manufacturing, and packaging plants. . Javier has facilitated and arbitrated multi-party disputes in the manufacturing, construction and education sectors. He was a member of the facilitation team for several regulatory negotiations, including the Department of Energy (DOE) negotiations that resulted in the biggest energy saving rule in DOE history. Javier has also successfully trained and facilitated parties in various models of collaborative negotiation. Notably, Javier collaborated with colleagues to create the FMCS affinity negotiation model. He represented the agency in international tripartite training efforts in Bangladesh and trained all New Zealand labor mediators in collaborative negotiation. Javier has been the recipient of several FMCS performance awards in recognition of his work, including the Director’s Award.
In addition, Javier is regularly invited to present at national and regional conferences on topics related to conflict management. He has lectured on labor relations and conflict management at the University of Illinois, University of Colorado at Boulder, National Defense University, Cornell, and other universities.
Prior to FMCS, Javier spent over fourteen years in labor relations, negotiating contracts and resolving disputes in areas such as immigration, contract administration, communications, staffing and politics at the levels federal, state and local. His efforts have been featured in Rolling Stone, Chicago Tribune Magazine, and Chicago Lawyer Magazine; cited in the New York Times Best Seller Fast Food Nation; and recognized by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Javier enjoys the performing arts or exploring the great outdoors with his wife and two grown children.