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Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2016
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:
· Jason Glass – Member, Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences
· Susanna Loeb – Member, Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences
· Lesley Israel – Member, Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad
· Sheila Lirio Marcelo – Member, Library of Congress Trust Fund Board
· John W. Miller – Member, Library of Congress Trust Fund Board
· Rickey D. James – Commissioner, Mississippi River Commission
· Rear Admiral Shepard Smith – Commissioner, Mississippi River Commission
President Obama said, “I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people. I look forward to working with them.”
President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:
Dr. Jason Glass, Appointee for Member, Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences
Dr. Jason Glass is Superintendent of the Eagle County School District in Colorado, a position he has held since 2013. Previously, Dr. Glass served as Chief School Officer for the State of Iowa, a position he held from 2010 to 2013. Prior to his work in Iowa, Mr. Glass was the Senior Director of Human Capital Strategy with Battelle for Kids in 2010. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Glass served as the Director of Human Resources and Director of Research and Assessment with Eagle County Schools. He has also served as Vice President of Quality Ratings with Qualistar Early Learning, held several posts with the Colorado Department of Education, and worked as a university instructor and high school teacher in Kentucky. Dr. Glass received a B.A and two M.A.s from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D from Seton Hall University.
Dr. Susanna Loeb, Appointee for Member, Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences
Dr. Susanna Loeb was previously appointed to the Board of Directors of National Board for Education Sciences in 2012. Dr. Loeb is the Barnett Family Professor of Education at Stanford University. She also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Director of the Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice, and Co-Director of Policy Analysis for California Education. In addition to her work at Stanford, Dr. Loeb is currently a policy council member with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, co-editor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and a Faculty Research Fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research. From 2010 to 2011, Dr. Loeb served as President of the Association for Education Finance and Policy. She previously served as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Test-Based Accountability and the Council Committee on Evaluation of the Impact of Teacher Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Dr. Loeb received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Stanford University, and an M.P.P. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Lesley Israel, Appointee for Member, Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad
Lesley Israel has served on the Board of Directors for the International Foundation on Electoral Systems since 1995, and served as its Treasurer since 2005. Ms. Israel was President of the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry from 2006 to 2008, President and Chief Executive Officer of Politics Inc. from 1978 to 1995, and Senior Vice President of the Kamber Group from 1981 to 1995. She serves as Director and Treasurer of Bosnian Handicrafts Inc. and as a member of the National Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League. Ms. Israel previously served as Chair of the Washington Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League and President of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. Ms. Israel received a B.A. from Smith College.
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Appointee for Member, Library of Congress Trust Fund Board
Sheila Lirio Marcelo is Founder, Chairwoman, and Chief Executive Officer of Care.com <http://Care.com> <http://Care.com <http://Care.com/> > , positions she has held since 2006. Ms. Marcelo was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Matrix Partners in 2006, Vice President and General Manager of TheLadders.com <http://TheLadders.com> <http://TheLadders.com <http://TheLadders.com/> > from 2005 to 2006, and Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Upromise from 2000 to 2005. She was a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Harvard Business School from 1998 to 1999, a Consultant at the Monitor Group from 1996 to 1998, and a Consultant at Pyramid Research from 1995 to 1996. Ms. Marcelo was also an Analyst at Putnam Hayes & Bartlett from 1993 to 1994. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Development Foundation. Ms. Marcelo received a B.A. from Mt. Holyoke College and an M.B.A. and J.D. from Harvard University.
John W. Miller, Appointee for Member, Library of Congress Trust Fund Board
John W. Miller is Founder and Principal of Arenberg Holdings, positions he has held since 2015. Mr. Miller was President and Chief Executive Officer of Miller-St. Nazianz Inc. from 2008 to 2014, where he also served as Vice President and General Counsel from 2006 to 2008. He was Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Jerry Kleczka from 1997 to 2003 and Campaign Manager for Kleczka for Congress in 1998 and 2002. Mr. Miller serves on the Board of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Miller received a B.A. from Marquette University, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Rickey D. James, Appointee for Commissioner, Mississippi River Commission
Rickey D. James is Managing Member of A.C. Riley Company, LLC, a position he has held since 2001. Mr. James worked at A.C. Riley Company as Manager from 1975 to 2001 and as Operations Manager from 1971 to 1975. He worked with the Kentucky Department of Water Resources Engineering Office from 1970 to 1971. Mr. James served on the Boards of Directors and Executive Committees of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, the Cotton Producers of Missouri, the U.S. Bank of Sikeston, Missouri, and the New Madrid County Board of Education. He was appointed to the Mississippi River Commission in 1981 and was reappointed in 1991 and 2003. Mr. James received the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce 2007 Agri-Business Award and was the New Madrid County Outstanding Conservation Farmer of 1987. Mr. James received a B.S. from the University of Kentucky.
Rear Admiral Shepard Smith, Appointee for Commissioner, Mississippi River Commission
Rear Admiral Shepard Smith is Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey, a position he has held since 2016. Rear Admiral Smith has held numerous roles at NOAA since he was first commissioned as an ensign in 1993, including Commanding Officer of the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson, Chief of the Marine Chart Division, and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Environmental Observation and Prediction. Rear Admiral Smith received a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.S. from the University of New Hampshire.
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JP Updates Article on the Commission's 30th Anniversary
U.S. Delegation to Ceremony Opening Poland's Jewish Museum
Pictured from left to right are the members of President Obama's U.S. Delegation to the
Opening Ceremony for Poland's new Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw in front
of the U.S. Embassy: Treasury Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and
Budget Sharon Kershbaum; Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira Foreman;
Ambassador to Poland Stephen Mull; U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY); Commission
Chair Lesley Weiss; and Transportation Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy
Commission Chair U.S. Delegate for Poland Museum Opening
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 24, 2014
President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Attend the Opening Ceremony of POLIN, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews
President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Warsaw, Poland to attend the opening ceremony of POLIN, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews on October 28, 2014.
The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney, Member of the United States House of Representatives (NY-12), will lead the delegation.
Members of the Presidential Delegation:
The Honorable Stephen D. Mull, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland, Department of State
Mr. Ira N. Forman, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Department of State
The Honorable Lesley L. Weiss, Chair of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad
Ms. Sharon A. Kershbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Management and Budget
Ms. Shoshana M. Lew, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Policy
Commission Chair at International Holocaust Alliance meeting
Commission Chairwoman Lesley Weiss was at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) semi-annual meeting in London with the U.S. Government Delegation May 12-15, 2014. The IHRA is an organization of 31 member countries, five observer nations, and six observer organizations established to promote education, remembrance, and research about the Holocaust. The Department of State leads the U.S. Delegation, which Chairwoman Weiss was asked to join by the State Department's Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues. The Commission's work primarily relates to matters handled by the IHRA's Memorials and Museums Working Group.
Chairwoman Weiss spoke for the United States in a committee meeting on antisemitism and Holocaust denial a delegate from Hungary presented plans for a proposed new Holocaust memorial in Budapest. The memorial received criticism for diminishing the role that local authorities had in the murder of Hungarian Jews. Chairwoman Weiss urged that the memorial and other heritage sites reflect the historical truth about the Holocaust in Hungary.
Chairwoman Weiss speaking during the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
semi-annual meeting in London.
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss was in Minsk, Belarus April 22-27, 2014 meeting with
on an agreement with the United States to protect and preserve
of worship, historic sites,
cemeteries, and memorials associated with the heritage
Americans. She also met
with Jewish leaders. She is shown here with Ministry of
Affairs Director for Multilateral Affairs, Yury Ambrazevich (far left), Charge
d'Affaires of the
mission in Belarus, Ethan Goldrich (second from left), Deputy
Foreign Minister Aleksander
Gurianov (second from right), and Oleg Kravchenko, until
Chairwoman Weiss' trip Charge of
the Embassy of Belarus in Washington, DC.
Embassy of the Republic of Belarus on Commission Chair Lesley Weiss' Belarus visit
Statement by U.S. Embassy in Minsk on Commission Chair Lesley Weiss' Belarus visit
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss met with First Lady of Albania Odeta Nishani February
They discussed the First Lady's interest in preserving the ancient synagogue at
Holocaust memorial that the Commission seeking to erect building in Tirana with the government of
Albania's capital city.
Below is an Internet link to the office of President of Albania's report on the meeting.
Chairwoman Weiss with Vice President Joe Biden at an event marking the
centennial of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
December 10, 2014.
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss (at head of table on right) November 20, 2013 discussed local collaboration in the
diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and
the nation of Georgia, and
scholars at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss spoke October 16, 2013 at an international
on combatting anti-Semitism in Kiev, Ukraine. It was sponsored
by the Ukrainian
Jewish Committee and the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe,
an organization of the governments of 57 nations.
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss joined Vice President Joe Biden and
Dr. Jill Biden at a reception for Jewish leaders at the Vice President's
residence September 24, 2013.
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss met with the Foreign
Minister of Belarus, H.E. Vladimir Makei, on September
25, 2013 in New York City.
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss with former Chairman (2001-13)
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss [center] and Member Michael Levy [right] July 8, 2013
presented the Commission's report on Protestant Historic Monuments and Sites
in Bulgaria to Bulgarian Ambassador Elena Poptodorova.
and current Member Warren Miller [center] and former Chairman
Michael Lewan (1994-2001) [right] at a Commission lunch
honoring Miller June 19, 2013.
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss speaks to the Fourth International Conference of the Global Forum for
Combatting Anti-Semitism May 30, 2013 in Jerusalem. She co-chaired the Conference's Anti-Semitism
in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe Working Group.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release April 16, 2013
President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the
Republic of Poland to Attend the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Poland to attend the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on April 19, 2013.
Mr. Douglas A. Davidson, Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, U.S. Department of State
The Honorable Stephen D. Mull, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland, will lead the delegation.
Members of the Presidential Delegation:
Ms. Lesley L. Weiss, Chair of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad
Mr. Joseph D. Gutman, Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council
Ms. Estelle W. Laughlin, Warsaw Ghetto Survivor
President Names Weiss to Chair America’s Heritage Abroad Commission
President Obama January 25, 2013 designated Lesley L. Weiss to Chair the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. He appointed her to be a Commission Member in April 2011.
She succeeds Warren L. Miller, who was designated Chairman by President Bush in 2001.
Weiss is, and will remain, Director of Community Services and Cultural Affairs of NCSJ, a non-governmental organization that advocates on behalf of Jews in the former Soviet Union.
The Commission was established by law to identify and report on cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings in Eastern and Central Europe associated with Americans and to obtain assurances from foreign governments that these properties will be preserved. It also implements and encourages private and foreign-funded site restoration and memorialization projects.
The law establishing the Commission was enacted in 1986 in response to the concern of American Orthodox Jews that cemeteries in the region were being lost because the Holocaust left few Jews there to care for the burial places and Community Party dictatorships were unsympathetic. The Commission’s mandate, however, is not limited to Jewish-related sites or to burial places.
At NCSJ, Weiss: coordinates democracy initiatives, community education and outreach efforts; promotes partnerships between Jewish communities in the United States and the former Soviet Union; and monitors foreign government compliance in the areas of free emigration and religious and cultural rights.
In 2005, Weiss served as a Public Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Conference on Anti-Semitism and Intolerance and, in 2007, to the follow-up Conference on Combating Discrimination and Promoting Mutual Respect and Understanding.
Commission Chair meets with Orthodox Jewish Leadership in Brooklyn
UJO Hosts Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad Chair Weiss
By Jeff Mann of the Greenpoint Gazette in New York
February 28, 2014
Rabbi Niederman (behind Assemblyman Lentol) addresses Weiss and religious
leaders at UJO's Williamsburg headquarters.
In two weeks, Irish-Americans will honor their heritage as they march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. As winter turns to spring and then summer, immigrant pride will be on display nearly every week at a variety of parades and events honoring the homelands from which each group emigrated to make the US the melting pot that it is.
Recognizing that its population is comprised mostly of immigrants and their descendants – proud Americans with a strong sense of their historical cultures – the US government has taken an interest in preserving foreign sites, which are an important part of its citizens’ heritage. Tasked with achieving that goal is the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, an independent government agency, established in 1985 to restore, preserve and memorialize cultural heritage properties, including cemeteries, monuments and historic buildings.
This week, its Chair, Lesley Weiss visited North Brooklyn, joining The United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg (UJO), local elected officials and Jewish leaders to discuss the Commission’s work. Weiss, a President Obama appointee, is charged with protecting Jewish cemeteries and holy sites abroad. The Commission has a history of working with UJO to preserve Jewish cemeteries in Europe, including most recently in Kalisz, Sublice, Vinnitsiya and a mass grave in Kremmnetz.
“The preservation of Jewish cemeteries cuts across all communities,”said Rabbi David Niederman, Executive Director of UJO. “A Jewish cemetery does not lose its holiness with the passage of time or because vandals destroy the tombstones. The cemetery belongs to its inhabitants who purchased their plots to rest in peace, undisturbed, even for the most noble of purposes.”
The Holocaust annihilated much of Europe’s Jewish population, leaving no one to care for the communal properties that were an integral part of the Jewish religion. The destruction and deterioration of properties under the Nazis persisted under subsequent atheistic Communist regimes.
“Congress and the President originally established the Commission because Orthodox Jewish leaders, like those I was privileged to meet in Brooklyn, feared that cemeteries in Eastern and Central Europe would be lost in the aftermath of European Jewry’s destruction,” Weiss explained. “While the Commission’s work isn’t limited to cemeteries or to Jewish sites, addressing that original concern remains its priority mission.”
Most of the Commission’s projects are funded by private sources and some receive assistance from the government where the site is located. Notable projects include the construction of a memorial on the section of the Nazis’ Buchenwald Concentration Camp, known as the “Little Camp” and a Holocaust memorial in Brailov, Ukraine dedicated to 3,000 people massacred by the Nazis on a single day in 1942 The restoration of a pre-burial house at a historic Jewish cemetery in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in what was known as “Sniper’s Alley” during the 1992-1995 War, is nearing completion.
The late Williamsburg Congressman Stephen Solarz, who served from the 1970s to 1990s, led the Congressional efforts to establish the Commission. At last week’s meeting the community’s local elected officials, Assemblyman Joe Lentol, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilmember Steve Levin joined Weiss, Niederman and the other leaders in support of the Commission’s work and its efforts on behalf of the Jewish community.
“The work [Weiss] does to preserve the historical and religious sanctity of many generations is admirable,” Lentol said. “We must look back to be able to successfully look forward and protecting the holiness of a cemetery takes direct aim at honoring these sanctuaries.”
UJO of Williamsburg Hosts U.S. Commission Chair Lesley Weiss with array of Jewish Leaders
(UJO press release)
The United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn, welcomed Hon. Lesley Weiss, Chair of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, along with a wide swath of the Orthodox community. Chair Weiss was appointed by President Obama a year ago to lead the Commission and is charged with protecting Jewish cemeteries and holy sites abroad.
Prominent elected officials Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilman Steve Levin attended and voiced their support of the Commission's vital work and the critical efforts they are engaged in on behalf of the Jewish community.
"It was a privilege to host Chair Weiss, Commission Member Herbert Block, in Williamsburg, which is where the legislative roots of the Commission took form, when the late Congressman Stephen Solarz led the Congressional efforts to establish it. We were so gratified to be joined by a diverse part of the Jewish community from the Chasidic, Sephardic and the Mirrer Yeshiva. The preservation of Jewish cemeteries cuts across all communities and its very reassuring that we all stand united with the American government and the U.S. Commission led by Chair Weiss. A Jewish cemetery does not lose its holiness with the passage of time or because vandals destroy the tombstones. Even when there are no visible symbols that it is a cemetery, the integrity of the entire area, according to its original boundaries, has to be preserved in perpetuity. The cemetery belongs to its inhabitants who purchased their plots to rest in peace, undisturbed, even for the most noble of purposes." said Rabbi Niederman.
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss said after the meeting, “Congress and the President originally established the Commission because Orthodox Jewish leaders, like those I was privileged to meet in Brooklyn, feared that cemeteries in Eastern and Central Europe would be lost in the aftermath of European Jewry’s destruction.“While the Commission’s work isn’t limited to cemeteries or to Jewish sites, addressing that original concern remains its priority mission. The meetings I held in New York City Wednesday will help to guide the Commission’s important efforts in protecting and preserving these cemeteries, which are so important to our heritage.”
Richard Altabe, Headmaster of Yeshivat Shaare Torah commented, " It has some years since I witnessed with my own eyes the destruction of my ancestors resting place in Salonika, Greece. We must insure that we protect Jewish cemeteries abroad so that desecrations like the one I witnessed in Salonika never happen again. I thank Rabbi Niederman for hosting this meeting and encourage the Commission to continue to advocate for U.S. Heritage Abroad and seek to tie U.S. aid to securing our cemeteries."
“It was a pleasure to join my colleagues and constituents to honor the work of Commission Chair Lesley Weiss. The work she does to preserve the historical and religious sanctity of many generations is admirable. We must look back to be able to successfully look forward and protecting the holiness of a cemetery takes direct aim at honoring these sanctuaries. I also must acknowledge the work Rabbi David Niederman continues to do on behalf of the Jewish Community worldwide in preserving Jewish cemeteries. His work is so important to honoring the history of many of Williasmburg's families,” said Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn).
State Senator Daniel Squadron said, "I thank Chair Weiss for sitting down to discuss the important work of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad. Around the world, Jewish cemeteries and other holy sites are threatened, especially in areas in which communities have shrunk or disappeared. Working with community leaders, the Commission is an important part of preservation. I look forward to continuing to support the work being done to protect and honor those sites here and abroad."
“It was a great honor to welcome Chair Weiss to Williamsburg,” said Council Member Stephen Levin. “Protecting Jewish cemeteries and holy sites is incredibly important and dear to our hearts and I was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the issue with Chair Weiss. I want to thank Rabbi Niederman and the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg for hosting the meeting with Chair Weiss."
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss, front row center, Member Herbert Block, front third from the left, and Member Jules Fleischer, front second from the left, pose with members of Admas Kodesh after a meeting February 19th in Brooklyn, New York regarding the preservation of Jewish cemeteries in Eastern and Central Europe--a principal Commission focus. Former Commission Member Rabbi Edgar Gluck is in the last seat on the right.
Standing from left to right are: Chaim Appel, a lawyer who helps restore cemeteries in Europe; Wolf Sender, a Boro Park Jewish activist; Shimon Weinberger, Director of Admas Kodesh, who also represented Satmar Institutions; Yitzchok Reichberg, who helps restore cemeteries in Galicia, Poland; Gary Schlesinger, Executive Board Chairman, UJCare/Admas Kodesh; Leon Goldenberg, Executive Board Chair, Flatbush JCC; David Moskowitz, founder of Jewish Day Schools in Budapest, Hungary; Josh Mehlman, Executive Director, Flatbush JCC; Moshe Vizel, who works on government relations for UJCare/Admas Kodesh; Ezra Friedlander, President of the Friedlander Group; Rabbi Yechiel Landau, Congregation Veretzky and the Flatbush JCC; and Naftali Reiner, who represented the Bobov Institutions. Sitting far left is David Singer, who helps restore cemeteries in Poland. Sitting second from right is Rabbi Gershon Tennenbaum, Director, Agudas Harabonim.
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss (right facing camera) and Member Herbert Block (center
facing camera) meet with personnel of the Heritage Foundation for the Preservation of
Jewish Cemeteries, also known as Avoyseinu, February 19th in Brooklyn, New York. The
Foundation fences and restores Jewish cemeteries in Eastern and Central Europe. The
Commission was established to help such efforts by identifying burial places and other
sites in the region associated with the heritage of Americans, obtaining assurances from
foreign governments that these sites will be protected and preserved, and encouraging and
facilitating site preservation projects.
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss speaks to Orthodox Jewish leaders and local elected
officials at a meeting organized by the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and
North Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY February 19th. Commission Member Herbert Block is
on her right.
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss was in Brooklyn, New York February 19th to meet with Jewish
leaders in the community that prompted the Congress to establish the Commission. She is shown
here speaking at the first of the meetings, which was held at the office of the Ohel childrens home
and family services organization. Commission Member Jules Fleischer is the second person seated