President Biden announces key nominees

WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intention to name the following people to serve as key leaders in his administration:

  • Candace Bond, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Timmy Davis, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the State of Qatar
  • Puneet Talwar, Nominated for the post of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco
  • Nasser Paydar, Candidate for Assistant Secretary for Post-Secondary Education, Ministry of Education
  • Michael Lombardo, candidate for the position of member of the National Council of the Arts

Candace Bond, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Candace A. Bond is currently President and CEO of AESA Inc., a Los Angeles-based company providing business consulting services in real estate and community development with a focus on environmental stability, governance, education and health equity. Currently, she is a board member of California Head Start, chair-elect of the board of directors of the Greater LA Education Foundation, and president of the MLK Health and Wellness Community Development Corporation. Bond is a founding member of BioscienceLA, LA County’s catalyst innovation and entrepreneurship center for accelerating the growth and development of LA County’s bioscience industry. She also served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the nation’s largest regional education agency. Earlier in her career, Bond served as President and CEO of Infusion Media Partners, and Vice President and General Manager of Essence Entertainment. She is president of the Malibu Foundation and a board member of the Women Founders Network, and a member of the Southern California Edison Clean Energy Working Group. She also serves on the California State Treasurer’s Ad Hoc Housing, Economic Development, Employment, and Opportunity Zone Committee. Bond received his BA from Harvard University and his MBA from Harvard University Business School.

Timmy Davis, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the State of Qatar

Timmy T. Davis, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of adviser, most recently served as executive assistant to the secretary of state. Prior to that, Davis served as the United States Consul General for Basra and Southern Iraq. His overseas tours include Guatemala City, Guatemala; Najaf, Iraq; Canberra, Australia; and Bogota, Colombia. His domestic assignments include Senior Monitoring Officer at the State Department’s Operations Center, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, Director for Iraq at the National Security Council, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President’s Special Envoy for Counter ISIL, senior adviser to the adviser. of the department, chief of staff to the undersecretary for political affairs, and acting chief of staff of the State Department. Davis, who holds a Distinguished Honor Award and several senior and meritorious honor awards, is also the recipient of the Department’s Ryan C. Crocker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Expeditionary Diplomacy and the William R. Rivkin Award for Constructive Dissent from the Department. American Foreign Service Association. A native of Virginia, Davis attended the University of Alabama. He served in the United States Marine Corps for nearly a decade, including operations in the Horn of Africa and Iraq, before joining the Foreign Service. Davis speaks Spanish and Arabic.

Puneet Talwar, Nominated for the post of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco

Puneet Talwar has held senior positions in national security and foreign policy at the State Department, the White House, and the United States Senate. He is currently a senior adviser to the State Department. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council, and Senior Professional Member of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Talwar’s public service also includes key roles with the United States House of Representatives and State Department policy planning staff. Outside of government, he has been a senior fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, a visiting fellow at the Penn Biden Center at the University of Pennsylvania, an advisor to the conflict resolution NGO Inter Mediate, and a nonresident fellow at the Center for Security studies. Talwar received his BS in Engineering from Cornell University and his Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a native of Washington, DC.

Nasser Paydar, Candidate for Assistant Secretary for Post-Secondary Education, Ministry of Education

Dr. Nasser H. Paydar is Chancellor Emeritus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Executive Vice President Emeritus of Indiana University (IU). A member of the IU faculty for more than 36 years, he has held various administrative and leadership positions at the university. Paydar joined IUPUI in 1985 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. From 1989 to 2003, he held numerous positions at the school, including Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, and Executive Associate Dean. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Vice Chancellor and Dean of Indiana University at Purdue University in Columbus. Paydar was appointed Chancellor of Indiana University East in 2007, serving in that position until his return to IUPUI in 2012, when he was named Executive Vice Chancellor and Academic Director of the campus. He became the fifth Chancellor of IUPUI in 2015.

As an IUPUI faculty member, he has served as Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator on research grants from federal and state agencies and private companies, including Cummins Electronics, DePuy, National Institutes of Health , US Army and US Naval Air Warfare. Center. His research in the field of solid mechanics, with applications in biomechanics and electronic packaging, has been widely published in scientific journals. Paydar received a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University.

Michael Lombardo, candidate for the position of member of the National Council of the Arts

Michael Lombardo is the President of Global Television at Entertainment One, where he is responsible for the studio’s scripted and unscripted television divisions across businesses in the US, UK and Canada. Lombardo oversees a list of more than 20 series in production worldwide, including The recruit on ABC, cruel summer on Freeform/Hulu, yellow jackets on Showtime, and Graymail on Netflix. Previously, Lombardo served as president of programming at the Home Box Office (HBO) for 12 years. During his tenure at HBO, Lombardo was responsible for managing all HBO and Cinemax programming initiatives, including HBO Films, HBO Sports, HBO Documentaries & Family, and HBO Entertainment. He also supervised the Marketing, Commercial Affairs, Legal, Scheduling, Research and Production departments.

After leaving HBO, Lombardo served as an executive producer on several critically acclaimed television series and documentaries. He currently serves on the boards of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Saban Community Clinic. In February 2014, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by President Obama. He holds an AB degree from Cornell University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley. Lombardo resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

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Edward K. Thompson