President Biden announces key appointments

WASHINGTON – Today, President Biden announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key positions:

  • Adam Tyndall-Schlecht, Principal, Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
  • Jacqueline Amy Norris, member of the President’s Committee on White House Fellowships
  • Michael E. Capuano, member of the Public Building Reform Council

Adam Tyndall-Schlecht, Principal, Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Adam Tyndall-Schlecht most recently served as Director of Port Milwaukee, where he oversaw and oversaw the operations of intermodal, commercial and passenger vessels that generate more than $100 million in economic activity annually. Tyndall Schlecht has also served as commissioner of the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and a board member of the Great Lakes Conservation Fund, both roles appointed by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.

Tindall-Schlicht has significant experience in shipping, international marketing and Great Lakes shipping. He is a graduate of the US Department of Transportation’s Professional Residency Program. A native of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Tyndall Schlecht earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from American University. His husband, Aaron, works as a critical care and surgical nurse.

President’s Committee on White House Fellowships
The President’s Committee on White House Fellowships is made up of outstanding citizens who reflect the diversity and strength of America while representing a broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and professions. The commissioners are responsible for recommending a group of candidates to the president for selection as Fellows of the White House, a prestigious leadership and public service program that provides young Americans with experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

Jacqueline Amy Norris, member of the President’s Committee on White House Fellowships
Jackie Norris is a business owner and community leader. She is currently the President and Owner of SPPG and has served in a variety of capacities including as White House Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, Executive Director of Goodwill for Central Iowa, and served in leadership at non-profit points in the light. Her most rewarding position was as a high school government teacher where she worked with students, encouraging them to use their voices and stand up for the causes they believe in. Norris serves on the board of directors of Iowa’s largest public school system, Des Moines Public Schools.

Born in Ossining, New York, Norris earned a degree in political science from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1992, and then a master’s degree in political science from Iowa State University. In 2002, Norris earned her Secondary Education Teacher Certificate from Iowa State University. She was awarded the 2005 James Madison Fellowship for her commitment to becoming an outstanding educator on the American Constitution. Over the years Norris has served as an Assistant Professor at American University in Washington, D.C. and John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. Norris and her husband, John, live in Des Moines, Iowa, with their three children, Hunter, Cole, and Sam.

Public Building Reform Board
The Public Building Reform Board was created by the Federal Asset Sale and Transfer Act of 2016 as an independent agency to identify opportunities for the federal government to significantly reduce its inventory of civilian real property and thereby reduce costs.

Michael E. Capuano, member of the Public Building Reform Council
Michael Capuano is an attorney who served in the US Congress from 1999 to 2019. He served on the Financial Services Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and chaired several subcommittees. House Speaker Pelosi Capuano selected to head the Democratic transition in 2006. In 2007, Capuano wrote the bill that created the Office of Congressional Ethics. Capuano founded the Congress Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan and the Community Health Center Caucus. Prior to Congress, Capuano served for nine years as mayor of his hometown, Somerville, Massachusetts, which is the most densely populated city in New England. Capuano enacted environmental reforms, reduced crime, reduced class sizes, instituted an affirmative action plan, and appointed women to lead more than half of the city’s departments, resulting in dramatic improvements by the end of his term.

Capuano is currently employed by the law firm Venable, LLP, which has offices across the country. Capuano met his wife, Barbara, at Somerville High School. Graduated from Dartmouth College and Boston Law School. Barb is a Boston-based CPA and they have two sons, Mike and Joe, who live and work in the Boston area.

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