U.S. President Biden Announces Six Key Nominations

The White House

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

  • Lisa Carty, Nominee for Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador and Alternate Representative to the United Nations General Assembly
  • Ernest DuBester, Nominee for Chair of the Federal Labor Relations Authority
  • Dennis DeConcini, Nominee for Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
  • Joseph Green, Nominee for Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
  • Barbara George Johnson, Nominee for Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
  • Mildred Otero, Nominee for Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

Lisa Carty, Nominee for Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador and Alternate Representative to the United Nations General Assembly

Lisa A. Carty is Director for Humanitarian Financing and Resource Mobilization with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. She has worked for more than three decades in multilateral diplomacy, including on humanitarian, global health and development issues. Carty has had leadership roles in both the public and non-profit sectors including twenty-five years as a diplomat with the U.S. Foreign Service with overseas assignments in Asia, the Middle East and Russia. Her United Nations career has included work with the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, as well as positions with the Joint United Nations Program on AIDS.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Carty helped lead the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program and was a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She speaks French.

Ernest DuBester, Nominee for Chair of the Federal Labor Relations Authority

Mr. DuBester has served as a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) since August 2009. On January 21, 2021, he was designated Chairman by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. He was also FLRA Chairman from January to November 2013. The FLRA administers the Labor-Management relations program for 2.1 million non-Postal federal employees worldwide.

With over 45 years of experience in Labor-Management relations, he began his career at the National Labor Relations Board as counsel to former Chairman and Member John Fanning. He was also a Union attorney with the firm of Highsaw & Mahoney, and legislative counsel to the AFL-CIO. From 1993-2001, he was Chairman and Member at the National Mediation Board (NMB), which oversees labor relations in the airline and railroad industries. From 2001-2005, Mr. DuBester was the Professor and Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School. Mr. DuBester received his A.B. from Boston College, his law degree from Catholic University, where he served as Recent Developments Editor of the Law Review, and his Masters of Law in Labor Law from Georgetown University Law Center. He is married to Karen Marie Kremer.

Dennis DeConcini, Nominee for Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

Dennis DeConcini is a native of Tucson, Arizona and served as a United States Senator from Arizona for 18 years, from 1977-1995, serving with both Senators Barry Goldwater and John McCain. During that time he was a member of the Committees on Appropriations, Judiciary, Veterans’ Affairs, Rules, and served as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.On the Intelligence Committee he was involved in the restructuring of the Post-War Intelligence community, reviewed security systems following the Aldrich Ames espionage case, and conducted general oversight of all technical and human intelligence gathering. DeConcini was also Co-Chair of the Commission on Cooperation and Security in Europe (Helsinki Commission) where he was involved in a vast number of Human Rights Matters and oversight of the Helsinki Accord. This included the monitoring of human rights violations in Eastern Europe and the former USSR by meeting with heads of State and traveling extensively in those countries and observing elections in newly emerging democracies. Prior to his service in the United States Senate, he was elected Pima County Attorney (Tucson, Arizona) where he created one of the first victim-witness programs in the country, which is still operational.

After retirement from the U.S. Senate, he continued to serve the public as a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, which governs the three main universities in Arizona, for eight years. As a Regent, he was responsible for overseeing the operations of the universities to enhance the educational experience and opportunities for the student community. He is a member of the Board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children where he continues to support the mission of finding and preventing the exploitation of children. DeConcini received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Law Degree from the University of Arizona. DeConcini is currently retired and serves as a general partner of his family real estate business, 4-D Properties, in Tucson, Arizona. He is the author of the book, From the Center of the Aisle, published by Arizona University Press, 2006. Dennis DeConcini is married to Patricia DeConcini, and has three grown children and seven grandchildren. He continues to be active in the public policy arena.

Joseph Green, Nominee for Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

Joseph Michael “Joe” Green, Ph.D., currently works as the Dean of the University College at North Carolina Central University, where he works with other campus deans to ensure a quality undergraduate student experience. Dean Green’s primary role is to lead University College faculty and staff to develop, implement, assess and continuously improve the University College, courses, workshops, services, and projects.

Dr. Green previously worked as the Executive Director for Retention, Progression, and Completion, a Graduate Faculty Member, and head of the Student Success Center in the Division of Academic Affairs, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) a major minority serving University. Dr. Green has been a leader and Conductor for UNCG’s Frontier Set Initiative, a partnership of 31 public and private colleges, Universities, community colleges and university systems created by the Bill & Melina Gates Foundation to help colleges increase the number of graduates among under-represented, first-generation, low-income and non-traditional students.

Prior to arriving at UNCG, Joe served as the Executive Director for the nationally recognized Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Additionally, Dr. Green conceptualized, and executive produced the documentary film “Answering the Call for Justice”, a film which chronicles the early TRiO College Equity, Opportunity, and Access Movement in the United States. Over the past two and a half decades, Dr. Green was director of four federal TRiO programs and academic support centers.

Before his time at North Carolina, Dr. Green was Director of Undergraduate Research, the Ronald E. McNair Program and the Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP) Scholars Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program in the University of Central Florida’s Division of Undergraduate Studies. He was elected to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education and served as a member of the State of North Carolina’s Department of Public Instructions, Advanced Placement Advisory Council.

Dr. Green earned his undergraduate degree from Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland and holds a doctoral degree in political science and public administration from Howard University in Washington. Joe is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and he and his wife, Kimberly and family now reside in Mebane, North Carolina.

Barbara George Johnson, Nominee for Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

Barbara George Johnson brings more than 30 years of experience as a public policy professional in New Jersey and has been a leading voice in shaping economic, health and social policy in the region. Barbara is the Vice President of External Affairs and Urban Policy and Research at Kean University, where she brings her years of public policy analysis expertise to the newly launched John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy and Research.

Previously, Barbara held the title of Executive Director for the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy (JSWIPP) at Thomas Edison State University where she managed the activities of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association, the only Association of its kind with over 30 urban mayors engaged in collective policymaking. Barbara also created the Newark Kids Initiative project for the Newark Health Department, a program that focused on healthcare and social services for children exposed to domestic violence. In addition, she has participated in many task forces on HIV/AIDS including the Newark Prevention Marketing Initiative which was a task force created by the Centers for Disease Control to address the increase of HIV/AIDS in Newark. Barbara also served as principal of GOVCONNECTIONS, LLC, a company she created to provide government relations, community relations and health care consulting services to urban communities.

Barbara has spent many years working in health care where she concentrated on Maternal and Child Health issues, as a Public Health Adviser for the Department of Health and New York City and later as the Director for the Family Life Institute of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey. She also served as Legislative Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

Barbara earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Technology from Cornell University and an MPH from Columbia University School of Public Health, as well as a Law degree from Rutgers-Newark Law School. A proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., she resides in Hillside, New Jersey with her husband and children.

Mildred Otero, Nominee for Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

Mildred Otero is the Senior Vice President for National Impact at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE). In this role, she leads four national teams committed to developing the leadership skills of LEE members to pursue leadership opportunities in advocacy, elected, organizing and policy that empower them to end educational inequities in the United States. Prior to joining LEE, Mildred served as the Chief Education Counsel in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, where she managed the Senate Majority’s education agenda and its policy development and strategies for children from cradle to career. Such efforts included, legislation addressing early childhood education, elementary and secondary and the workforce.

Previously, Mildred served as a senior policy officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; senior advisor at the United States Department of State/United States Agency for International Development; senior policy advisor to then Senator Clinton (D-NY); Legislative Assistant to Sen. Reed (D-RI) in the US Senate and as Deputy Director for Early Childhood at the Children’s Defense Fund. Before her work in Washington, D.C., Mildred was a counselor for child victims of sexual and physical abuse at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and began her career as a legislative aide to the New York State Assembly Speaker in Albany, NY.

Mildred earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York- Albany and a Master’s degree from New York University, Silver School of Social Work.

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