Washington - Mar 20, 2009 - President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate several individuals to administration posts, including current FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein to be the administrator for the Rural Utilities Service in the United States Department of Agriculture. Other appointments in the announcement include Dr. Steven E. Koonin, Under Secretary for Science, Department of Energy; David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, Department of Energy; Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, State Department; Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Department of Labor; Timothy W. Manning, Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security; and Priscilla E. Guthrie, Chief Information Officer, Office of Director of National Intelligence. President Obama also announced that Steve Isakowitz, the Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Energy, will continue serving in his current role.
Adelstein is currently a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, where he has served since 2002, and was confirmed to a second term in 2004. Previously, he served for 15 years as a staff member in the U.S. Senate, including his final seven years with Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). Prior to that he served as professional staff member to Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman David Pryor (D-AR), including an assignment as a special liaison to Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and earlier as a legislative assistant to Senator Donald W. Riegle Jr. (D-MI). Before his service in the Senate, he was a teaching fellow in the Department of History, Harvard University, while studying at the Kennedy School of Government, and a teaching assistant in the Department of History, Stanford University, and as a communications consultant to the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He received an M.A. in history and a B.A. with distinction in political science from Stanford University.