United States Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick today announced
selections for several key positions at the Office of the U.S. Trade
M.B. Oglesby, Jr. - Chief of Staff. Mr. Oglesby served as Deputy White House
Chief of Staff, and Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs in the
Reagan White House. Oglesby's private sector experience included, Senior Vice
President with RJR Nabisco, Inc., Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of
Cassidy & Associates, a Washington, D.C. public affairs firm, and the
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Railroads.
An Illinois native, he also worked as a minority counsel for the House Commerce
Committee and as an assistant to Congressman Ed Madigan of Illinois. Mr. Oglesby
was an Assistant to Governor Richard Ogilvie and later was Deputy Director of
the State of Illinois' Washington, D.C. office.
Peter Davidson - General Counsel. Mr. Davidson was the Vice President for
Congressional Affairs at Qwest, coordinating all federal legislative activities.
From January 1995 until June 1999, Mr. Davidson served as the General Counsel
and Policy Director to the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives,
Representative Dick Armey. In this capacity, he advised the Majority Leader on a
broad range of legal matters and led the Majority Leader's legislative planning
team in charge of developing leadership priorities, working with Committees, and
negotiating with the Senate and the White House. Mr. Davidson also served as
General Counsel and Policy Director for the House Republican Conference,
Attorney-Advisor in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, and law
clerk to Judge John Porfilio on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver,
Colorado. Mr. Davidson received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of
Virginia, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College in Northfield,
John Veroneau - Assistant United States Trade Representative for
Congressional Affairs. Mr. Veroneau was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Legislative Affairs at the United States Department of Defense, a position
requiring Senate confirmation. Prior to his tenure with the Department of
Defense, Mr. Veroneau served as Chief of Staff to Senator Susan Collins, and as
Legislative Director to Senator William Frist and Senator William Cohen,
respectively. Mr. Veroneau received his Juris Doctor degree and his
undergraduate degree from the University of Maine. He is a member of the
Maryland Bar Association.
Ambassador Zoellick also announced the following key USTR appointments
(presented in alphabetical order):
Elizabeth Gianini - Deputy Chief of Staff. Ms. Gianini was a public affairs
consultant with law firm of Foley & Lardner in Tallahassee, Florida . Prior
to that she spent two years as the Deputy Executive Director of the Republican
Party of Florida, and has held management positions at both the congressional
and local levels of government. Ms. Gianini received her Bachelor of Arts degree
from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, where she double majored in Spanish and
history with an emphasis in Latin American Studies.
Sarah L. Hanlon - Confidential Assistant. As Ambassador Zoellick's
Confidential Assistant, Ms. Hanlon will serve as liaison between the Ambassador
and USTR staff. Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Hanlon spent three years as a
fundraiser for several Republican Senators, including Assistant Majority Leader
Don Nickles. A native of Oklahoma, she came to Washington, DC. to work for the
Independent Petroleum Association of America. She is a graduate of the
University of Oklahoma.
Carolyn Hensarling - Director of Scheduling. Ms. Hensarling, who will manage
Ambassador Zoellick's schedule, served as Executive Assistant and Scheduler to
Congressman Henry Bonilla (TX-23, R) from 1995 until February 2001. Ms.
Hensarling received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from
Texas A&M University.
Heidi Nelson - Special Assistant. Ms. Nelson worked on the Bush-Cheney
campaign in Austin, Texas, focusing on economic and tax policy. From 1995-1998,
Ms. Nelson was an investment banker with J.P. Morgan in New York, specializing
in Latin American mergers and acquisitions. She also worked for then-Senator
John Ashcroft on economic policy. Ms. Nelson received an MBA from Harvard, a
Master's in European Business from the Solvay School in Brussels, and a degree
in economics and international relations from Claremont McKenna College.
Matthew Rees - Chief Speechwriter and Strategic Adviser. Mr. Rees joins USTR
as chief speechwriter and an adviser to Ambassador Zoellick on policy and the
press. Mr. Rees previously served in Washington as a reporter for The Weekly
Standard, The Economist, and The New Republic, and in New York and Brussels as
an editor and writer for the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Rees
is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the author of "From the Deck to the
Sea: Blacks and the Republican Party."
Steven Schrage - Executive Secretary. Mr. Schrage previously served as
Counsel to the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate for Foreign
Relations Committee and as senior foreign policy and trade counsel for the late
Senator Paul Coverdell. Most recently, Mr. Schrage served in several positions
with Bush-Cheney 2000, working with the campaign's policy team in Austin, and as
a policy advisor for the transition. Before joining the Bush campaign, Mr.
Schrage was working on his doctorate at Harvard University, where during his
time in the MBA program he was awarded a full doctoral fellowship to study
international business and economic policy. Mr. Schrage is a graduate of Duke
University and of the University of Michigan Law School, where his studies
focused on international trade law, and has experience working on international
negotiating teams at the State Department Legal Adviser's office. Mr. Schrage
will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing all policy materials and
briefings for the USTR and for interactions with other government agencies.