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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 18, 1993


(Washington, DC) President Clinton announced today his intention to nominate Rufus Yerxa and Charlene Barshefsky as Deputy U.S. Trade Representatives, and his approval of the appointment by Ambassador Mickey Kantor of the following:

     Ira Shapiro, General Counsel
     Nancy LeaMond, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for
          Congressional Affairs
     Anne Luzzatto, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for
          Public Affairs
     Debbie Shon, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for
          Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison
     Ellen Frost, Counselor
     Howard Reed, Special Counsel for Financial and Investment
     Tom Nides, Special Counsel for Congressional and
          Intergovernmental Affairs

     "We are at a key moment in the history of American trade 

policy," said the President. "Rufus Yerxa, Charlene Barshefsky, and the outstanding team that Ambassador Kantor has put together will work hard to make sure that we do not miss the opportunities that lay ahead of us."

Ambassador Rufus H. Yerxa has served as a Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Envoy to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, in Geneva, Switzerland, since 1989. Prior to 1989, Ambassador Yerxa served as the Assistant Chief Counsel of the House Ways and Means Committee and Staff Director of its Subcommittee on Trade. From 1977 to 1981, he was the Legal Advisor to the Chairman of the International Trade Commission. An attorney and a member of the Washington State and District of Columbia Bars, Yerxa is a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of Puget Sound, and holds an LL.B. in international law from Cambridge University.


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Charlene Barshefsky, a partner and co-chair of the International Practice Group at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, has written and lectured extensively on both U.S. and foreign trade laws and public procurement regimes. She has testified before a number of congressional committees, and has been a Vice Chair of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association as well as a member of its governing council and chair of its Publications Committee. She attended the University of Wisconsin, where she obtained a B.A. in English and political science, and received her law degree from Catholic University.

Ellen Frost is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Economics. She was previously the corporate director of international affairs for United Technologies Corporation, the director of government programs at Westinghouse Electric and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Economics and Technology Affairs for the U.S. Department of Defense. She also served as the Deputy Director for the Office of Trade Policy and Negotiations at the Department of Treasury and as Legislative Assistant to Senator Alan Cranston. Dr. Frost has a Ph.D. from Harvard University's Department of Government, a Master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and an undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College.

Nancy LeaMond is the former chief executive officer of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute, a private, nonprofit, non-partisan public policy group founded in 1987 to identify and research emerging international economic, trade, technology, tax and workforce issues. She has served as the Administrative Assistant to Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education and Staff Director of the Department of Education Reorganization Study. She has a Master's degree in city planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and an undergraduate degree from Smith College.

Anne Luzzatto was Vice President and Director of Public Affairs for Citibank's Global Corporate and Investment Banking Activities as well as Vice President of Corporate Communications at CBS, Inc. She holds an M.A. in international economics and American foreign policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and received her J.D. from the American University and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.


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Tom Nides is currently Executive Assistant to Speaker Tom Foley. He was previously Special Assistant to then House Majority Whip Tony Coelho, and Political Action Director and Midwest Political Director for former Vice President Walter Mondale. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota.

Howard Reed is an international business economist from Little Rock, Arkansas. He was a professor in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin where he taught courses in international finance, international business and Japanese management. He also served as a corporate finance analyst at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York and as a profit planning and control analyst for the Irving Trust Company of New York. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, a Master's degree from the City University of New York and an undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Ira Shapiro was formerly Counsel to the Senate Majority Leader and chief of staff to Senator Jay Rockefeller. He has also served as staff director and chief counsel to the Special Committee on Official Conduct, minority staff director and chief counsel to the Committee on Governmental Affairs, staff member of the Senate Democratic Task Forces on Competitiveness, and legislative legal counsel to Senator Gaylord Nelson. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts. Shapiro has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master's degree in political science from U.C. Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University.

Debbie Leilani Shon is a former partner at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. She served as a legislative specialist to the National Education Association and as the Legislative Director to the Dean and Founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Hon. Charles Diggs of Michigan. She recently served as the Co-Director of the Urban Recovery Legal Assistance Project in Los Angeles, a multi-cultural legal effort to bring assistance to those affected by the recent civil unrest. Ms. Shon is a third-generation Korean American, the first Korean American woman to be made partner at a national law firm. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the Georgetown University Law Center.



Office of the Press Office

For Immediate Release March 18, 1993


(Washington, DC) President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate Mortimer L. Downey, the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City, to be the Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

"There are few people in this country who can match the experience or the expertise of Mortimer Downey," said the President. "I am very pleased that he is joining Secretary Pena at a department that will play a key role in implementing my economic plan, as well as in improving our nation's transportation system."

Downey has been with the MTA since 1981, and has been widely credited for effective management of the largest independent public authority in the country. He previously served at the Transportation Department from 1977-1981, as Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs. At that time, he was the DoT representative on the President's Inter-Agency Coordinating Council, which carried out urban and rural development policies and programs. He had previously served as Transportation Programs Analyst for the House Budget Committee, and in a variety of positions with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

In addition to his professional service, Downey has been active in a variety of civic and professional organizations. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Science, as a director of the Municipal Forum of New York and of the New York Building Congress. He held the position of President of the New York Metro Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, has been an active member of the American Public Transit Association, and serves on the New York University Alumni Council.

Downey graduated from Yale University in 1958, received a Masters Degree in Public Administration from New York University, attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, and served in the Coast Guard Reserve. He is a resident of Briarcliff Manor, NY.