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:

  • Kate Heinzelman, candidate for General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Joseph Goffman, nominee for deputy administrator of the Bureau of Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Paul Rosen, Candidate for Assistant Secretary for Investment Security, Office of International Affairs, Department of the Treasury
  • Evelyn Wang, candidate for Director of Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, Department of Energy
  • David Applegate, candidate for director of the United States Geological Survey, Department of the Interior

Kate Heinzelman, candidate for General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency

Kate Heinzelman is currently Chief Counsel in the Attorney General’s Office at the United States Department of Justice. She was previously a partner in the Washington, DC office of Sidley Austin LLP. During the Obama-Biden administration, Heinzelman served as Assistant General Counsel in the US Department of Health and Human Services, Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to the President, and Assistant Attorney General for National Security in the US Department of Justice. Earlier in his career, Heinzelman served on the staff of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the United States Intelligence Capabilities Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction created by President George W. Bush.

Heinzelman clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Justice Merrick B. Garland on the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. She received her law degree from Yale Law School and her BA from Yale University.

Joseph Goffman, nominee for deputy administrator of the Bureau of Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency

Joseph Goffman has served as Senior Assistant Administrator in the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) since January 2021. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Law Program at the Law School. from Harvard. In 2017, he served as the Democratic Chief Advisor to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. From 2009 to 2017, Goffman served as Associate Deputy Administrator for Climate and Senior Counsel to the Deputy Administrator for OAR. There he played a key role in developing a series of pollution control rules under the Clean Air Act. During a previous stint as Associate Counsel for the EPW, he worked extensively on a number of provisions of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, including Title IV, which pioneered the use of cap and trade to reduce pollutants that cause acid rain. During his career, he has also held senior legal, policy and management positions with the Environmental Defense Fund.

Goffman grew up in Philadelphia, working summers in a box factory as a member of the United Paperworkers International Union and earning enough to attend Yale University and earn BA and JD degrees. He and his wife live in Washington, DC and have three adult children.

Paul Rosen, Candidate for Assistant Secretary for Investment Security, Office of International Affairs, Department of the Treasury

Paul Rosen is a partner at the law firm Crowell & Moring LLP, where he co-chairs the firm’s national security practice and works as a cybersecurity and government investigations lawyer. Rosen has over 15 years of experience in national and homeland security, investigations and law enforcement matters, including a dozen years in public service. In government, Rosen served in various senior positions in the US Department of Homeland Security during the Obama-Biden administration, including as chief of staff to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. Previously, he worked at the Department of Justice in various roles, including as a Federal Prosecutor in the Criminal Fraud Section, where he investigated and prosecuted financial crime. For this work, Rosen was recognized by the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) with the Excellence in Investigation Award.

Rosen began his legal career as an attorney on the Senate Judiciary Committee after serving as a clerk for U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Fees (retired) in the Central District of California. Rosen earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California, where he earned his Order of the Coif degree, and his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laudefrom the University of Colorado.

Evelyn Wang, candidate for Director of Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, Department of Energy

Evelyn N. Wang is chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Ford Professor of Engineering. His research combines heat and mass transport processes with nanoengineered materials to create innovative solutions for clean energy and water. She is a leading researcher in phase change heat transfer, which she has applied to thermal management of electronics, thermal batteries, solar thermal energy conversion, heat water and desalination devices. She served as associate director of the Solid State Solar Thermal Energy Conversion Center, an energy department, Energy Frontiers Research Center. She was also a member of the Defense Science Study Group (DSSG), where she advocated for increased collaboration between universities and national defense.

Wang grew up in California, earned her BS degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earned her SM and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent.

David Applegate, candidate for director of the United States Geological Survey, Department of the Interior

David Applegate is the Associate Director for Natural Hazards at the US Geological Survey (USGS) and currently exercises the delegated authority of the USGS Director. He joined the USGS in 2004 and has served as an associate director since 2011 with responsibility for geohazards and coastal and marine programs, as well as risk response and planning activities for the USGS. He co-chairs the Federal Interagency Coordinating Group on Science for Disaster Reduction. Prior to joining the USGS, Applegate worked for the American Geological Institute, a nonprofit federation of geoscience societies. Applegate previously served on the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as a congressional scientist for the American Geophysical Union and as a professional staff member.

Applegate is an Adjunct Full Professor at the University of Utah and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America. He holds an undergraduate degree in geology from Yale University and a doctorate in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Born and raised in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, he currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.

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