WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following seven individuals to serve in key roles:
- Bathsheba Nell Crocker, Nominee for Representative of the United States of America to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, with the rank of Ambassador
- Claire A. Pierangelo, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Madagascar and to the Union of the Comoros
- Julia Gordon, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Housing, Federal Housing Commissioner, Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Dave Uejio, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Sara Bronin, Nominee for Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
- Fagan Harris, Nominee for Member of the Board of Directors of AmeriCorps
- Alvin Warren, Nominee for Member of the Board of Directors of AmeriCorps
Bathsheba Nell Crocker, Nominee for Representative of the United States of America to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, with the rank of Ambassador
Bathsheba Nell Crocker is currently a Senior Advisor at the Department of State and served on the Biden-Harris Transition team. From 2017-2020, she was a Vice President covering humanitarian issues at CARE USA. Ms. Crocker was the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 2014-2017. She previously served as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State, as the Principal Deputy Director in the State Department’s Office of Policy Planning, and as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State. Earlier in her career, Ms. Crocker was an Attorney-Adviser in the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser; Deputy U.S. Special Representative for Southeast Europe Affairs; and Executive Assistant to the Deputy National Security Advisor at the White House. She also held senior roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations, the UN Development Program, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Ms. Crocker served as a Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and the Brookings Institution; at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; and at the Council on Foreign Relations, as an International Affairs Fellow. She taught at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and American University. A native of Washington, D.C., Ms. Crocker received a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Claire A. Pierangelo, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Madagascar and to the Union of the Comoros
Claire A. Pierangelo, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos Nigeria. Previously, Pierangelo was an Assistant Professor at the National Defense University and prior to that, the Director of the Office of Performance Evaluation in the State Department’s Bureau of Human Resources. Earlier, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam in addition to other positions, including multiple assignments in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in the State Department and service as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General, Surabaya, Indonesia. Pierangelo earned an M.S. degree in National Security and Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, an M.A. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She speaks Italian, Indonesian, Vietnamese and French.
Julia Gordon, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Housing, Federal Housing Commissioner, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Julia Gordon is the president of the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST), a nonprofit organization that supports neighborhood revitalization and affordable homeownership through facilitating the rehabilitation of residential properties in underserved markets. In addition to managing NCST’s programmatic work, Gordon specializes in federal policy related to homeownership, community development, and the nation’s housing finance system.
Previously Gordon has served as the senior director of housing and consumer finance at the Center for American Progress, manager of the single-family policy team at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and senior policy counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending. She also has worked in the civil legal aid sector and as a litigation associate and pro bono coordinator at the law firm of WilmerHale. Gordon received her bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband, Geoffrey Berman, and her daughter, Rochelle.
Dave Uejio, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Dave Uejio was announced as the Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., on January 20, 2021. As the Bureau’s Acting Director, Mr. Uejio oversees a $600 million budget and a 1,600-member workforce dedicated to protecting consumers from unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices, in the financial marketplace, through the enforcement of federal consumer financial law. Currently, the Bureau supervises over 150 depository institutions with assets totaling more than $10 billion. The Bureau also supervises mortgage originators and servicers and payday lenders, as well as companies from the consumer reporting, consumer debt collection, student loan servicing, international money transfer, and automobile financing financial marketplaces.
Prior to becoming Acting Director, Mr. Uejio served the Bureau as Acting Chief of Staff, as Lead for Talent Acquisition, and, most recently, as the Bureau’s Chief Strategy Officer. As Chief Strategy Officer, Acting Director Uejio led the development of an integrative approach to strategic planning, policy prioritization, enterprise risk management, organizational performance, and program evaluation. Acting Director Uejio utilized this integrative approach to improve the strategic advice provided to the Director and to better translate the Director’s priorities into tangible, reportable, and auditable programs and initiatives.
In addition, to his experience at the Bureau, Acting Director Uejio has served in Human Resources capacities at the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Acting Director Uejio began his career in government service in 2006, when he joined the NIH as a Presidential Management Fellow.
Acting Director Uejio is devoted to public service both as a profession and a calling. He co-chairs the Federal Innovation Council, which is a leading federal government interagency body to drive public sector innovation. He also co-founded the largest event to connect, develop, and inspire emerging public service leaders, the Next Generation of Government Summit. Acting Director Uejio received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Sara Bronin, Nominee for Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Sara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect, attorney, and policymaker specializing in historic preservation, property, land use, and climate change. She is an incoming Professor at the Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning and an Associated Faculty Member of the Cornell Law School, and she has held visiting positions at the Yale School of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, and the Sorbonne, among other places. Among other scholarly service, Bronin is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a past chair of the State & Local Government Section of the American Association of Law Schools.
Bronin’s interdisciplinary research focuses on how law and policy can foster more equitable, sustainable, well-designed, and connected places. She has published books and articles on historic preservation law and currently leads the research team behind the groundbreaking Connecticut Zoning Atlas.
Active in public service, Bronin is a board member of Latinos in Heritage Conservation and an advisor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Sustainable Development Code. As the founder of Desegregate Connecticut, she leads a coalition that successfully advanced the first major statewide zoning reforms in several decades. Previously, she chaired Preservation Connecticut, served on the city of Hartford historic preservation commission, and led Hartford’s nationally-recognized efforts to adopt a climate action plan and city plan, and to overhaul the zoning code.
Bronin won several design awards for the rehabilitation of her family’s National-Register-listed 1865 brownstone. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School (Harry S Truman Scholarship), M.Sc. from the University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholarship), and B.Architecture/B.A. from the University of Texas. While in law school, she clerked for then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Fagan Harris, Nominee for Member of the Board of Directors of AmeriCorps
Fagan Harris is a social entrepreneur, writer, and researcher who has dedicated his career to advancing impact career opportunities for underestimated communities.
As the co-founder and CEO of Baltimore Corps, Fagan has led his team to re-imagine recruiting, hiring, and career advancement for underestimated communities. In 2020, Baltimore Corps played a leading role in the Baltimore Health Corps, a $12M initiative that enlisted hundreds of city residents in Baltimore’s pandemic response as full-time public health professionals. The Health Corps earned national attention as a model for centering racial equity in large-scale workforce development. Since its inception, Baltimore Corps has engaged thousands in public service and social entrepreneurship. In 2021, Baltimore Corps launched citycorps.us, which will deploy the organization’s model in cities across the United States.
Fagan is an active civic leader. He currently serves as the Assistant American Secretary for the Rhodes Trust where he helps to oversee the scholarships annual recruitment and selection process. He is a Trustee at the Johns Hopkins Hospital at Bayview and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. He serves as the national Board President of Lead for America. Fagan is also a board member at several Baltimore-based social enterprises including B-360, Infinite Focus, and H.O.P.E (Helping Oppressed People Excel). Fagan chairs an impact consultancy that guides leading institutions to integrate “ESG” into their core practices and operations.
Previously, Fagan co-directed the Impact Careers Initiative at The Aspen Institute where he led a team of researchers to publish scholarship on talent pipelines in the public and social sectors. He started his career at College Track where he helped build its College Success strategy and program. In 2011, Fagan staffed the White House Council for Community Solutions in the Obama Administration.
For his work in social entrepreneurship, Fagan was named a Fellow at Ashoka and Echoing Green. In 2020, he was awarded the Dial Fellowship by the Emerson Collective. Fagan has given the keynote address at several national conferences including CEO for Cities Conference and MCON.
Fagan is a writer who elevates stories of Black excellence. He has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors, including Wes Moore. He is currently co-authoring several memoirs with leading Black luminaries.
Fagan is a proud graduate of Maryland Public Schools. He is an Honors graduate of Stanford University where he was the recipient of its top undergraduate honor. He has a Master in Philosophy from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes scholar.
Alvin Warren, Nominee for Member of the Board of Directors of AmeriCorps
Alvin is a member of Santa Clara Pueblo where he lives with his wife Pamela, an Isleta Pueblo tribal member, and their children. He’s vice president of Career Pathways and Advocacy for the LANL Foundation in Espanola, NM. In this role he’s responsible for expanding students’ access to academic and technical opportunities by supporting the growth of college and career readiness in districts, schools, communities and Native American Pueblos, Tribes and Nations. He leads the foundation’s work with secondary schools, universities, colleges, industry leaders and government representatives to develop and support a seamless educational continuum of well-articulated steps, cradle to career, coupled with strong supports and connections to employment opportunities. Alvin is a former cabinet secretary of Indian Affairs for the State of New Mexico, lieutenant governor of Santa Clara, program officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, national Tribal Lands Program director for The Trust for Public Lands and land claims / water rights coordinator for Santa Clara.
During his career Alvin has helped tribes across the United States regain and protect traditional lands; ensured that over $120 million in state dollars flowed to tribes to build essential infrastructure; enacted state legislation establishing a framework for collaborative state-tribal governmental relations; developed and sustained tribal immersion and dual language schools and positively transform public narratives about indigenous peoples. Alvin is the president of the Kha’p’o Community School Board; co-chair of the New Mexico Broadband Collective, an advisory committee member for the Native American Relief Fund; and on the board of directors for the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples. He’s a longtime farmer who’s actively involved in the cultural life of his tribal community. Alvin earned a BA in History from Dartmouth College and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.