WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intention to name the following people to serve as key leaders in his administration:
- Kathleen A. FitzGibbon, candidate for the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Niger
- Alan J. Patricof, candidate for membership of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation
- Juan Eduardo Sanchez, candidate for the position of Federal Co-Chair of the Southwest Border Regional Commission
- Jay T. Snyder, candidate for the position of member of the American Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
- Joseph L. Falk, Candidate for Fellowship of the American Institute of Peace
Kathleen A. FitzGibbon, candidate for the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Niger
Kathleen FitzGibbon is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Minister-Counsellor class. She is currently the Deputy Chief of Mission for the United States Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. Prior to that, FitzGibbon served first as Division Chief, West and Southern Africa and later as Director of the Africa Analysis Bureau at the US State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. His extensive experience in Africa includes service as Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassies in Sierra Leone and Gabon and as Chief of the Political and Economic Section of the United States Embassy in Uganda. Among his other assignments, FitzGibbon served at the United States Embassy in Chad and had a previous assignment in Nigeria. She also worked at the Department of State’s Office of Combating and Monitoring Human Trafficking. Before joining the State Department, she was a lecturer at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. FitzGibbon received his bachelor’s degree from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York and a master’s degree from the University of California, Davis. She speaks French.
Alan J. Patricof, candidate for membership of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation
Alan J. Patricof is co-founder and chairman of Primetime Partners, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on serving the aging population. A long-time innovator and venture capital advocate, he entered the industry in its early days with the founding of Patricof & Co. Ventures Inc., a predecessor of Apax Partners – today one of the leading companies private equity firm in the world with $75 billion under management. . In 2006, he founded Greycroft Partners, a venture capital firm of which he is currently Chairman Emeritus, to invest in leading and expansionary investments in digital media. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, Greycroft has over $2 billion under management. With a career spanning over 50 years in venture capital, Patricof has been instrumental in growing the venture capital field from a base of high net worth individuals to its current position with broad institutional support, while playing a key role in the essential legislative initiatives that have guided its evolution. He has helped found and grow many major global companies, including America Online, Office Depot, Cadence Systems, Cellular Communications, Inc., Apple Computer, FORE Systems, NTL, IntraLinks, Audible, Huffington Post, and Axios. . He was also founder and chairman of the board of New York Magazine, which later acquired Village Voice and New West magazines. He is currently a member of the board of trustees of the finance committee of the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem, the board of trustees of the Columbia School of Business and the Fortune Society. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Patricof holds a BS in Finance from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Juan Eduardo Sanchez, candidate for the position of Federal Co-Chair of the Southwest Border Regional Commission
Juan Sanchez’s knowledge of the Southwest region is both personal and professional. Raised in Laredo, Texas, on the US-Mexico border, Sanchez attended public school through college and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas A&M International University, an institution serving Hispanics on the border. . These experiences have provided him with first-hand knowledge of the unique challenges facing the Southwest Boundary Regional Commission (SBRC) service area.
Sanchez spent more than twelve years in public service working to improve the quality of life for people on the US-Mexico border. Through various congressional positions, he has worked with federal, state, and local governments to help create opportunities for economic growth and development for the Southwest region. This has included working hand-in-hand with community leaders in New Mexico and South Texas, helping to provide resources and develop tools for underserved communities, tribes, educational institutions, local governments and non-profit organizations. Sanchez played a leading role in developing the first-ever bipartisan humanitarian aid reimbursement program for border communities; increase federal investment in water infrastructure projects; helping local governments navigate COVID-19 relief funding; and obtaining initial funding from the South West Regional Border Commission.
Jay T. Snyder, candidate for the position of member of the American Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
Jay T. Snyder has a long career in philanthropy, public service and business, working in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In 2009, Snyder founded the Open Hands Initiative (OHI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to public diplomacy. Connecting young leaders and underserved communities across the developing world, OHI has conducted people-to-people exchange programs in Colombia, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Myanmar and Syria, fostering mutual understanding in journalism, women’s entrepreneurship, health equity, conflict resolution and disability rights. Among Snyder’s many nonprofit activities, he serves on the advisory board of the College of Georgetown University, the advisory board of USC’s Center for Public Diplomacy, and the Beatrice Snyder Foundation, which supports a wide range cultural and educational charities, including the Clinton Foundation, Global Health Corps, NYU Langone, and The Public Theater. He was co-president of the American Friends of the London Philharmonia Orchestra. Snyder also supports refugee work through Choose Love and is a member of the National Board of Welcome.US.
Snyder has held federal and state government positions. President Clinton named him the United States Representative to the 55th United Nations General Assembly. Snyder was also selected to be a member of the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Serving in his home state, Snyder was appointed commissioner to the New York State Commission on Public Authority Reform in June 2005, established by Governor George E. Pataki. Snyder is also a director of HBJ Investments, SL Ventures and Butternut Partners, firms specializing in private equity and venture capital investments. He is a consultant and observer to the board of directors of many startups and growth-stage companies. Previously, he was an executive at Biocraft Laboratories. Snyder is married and has three sons.
Joe Falk, candidate for fellowship of the American Institute of Peace
Joseph Falk is a consultant to the law firm Akerman LLP and a licensed mortgage originator. Akerman is a Top 100 law firm and employs over 700 attorneys and consultants. Falk was past President and Legislative Chairman of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB). Falk is the author of NAMB’s “Model State Status Initiative for Licensing and Education of All Creators”. This effort led to the introduction and passage of the National SAFE Licensing Act enacted in 2008. He has testified before Congress, the House and the Senate on how to improve the regulatory structure governing the mortgage industry. In 2014, he was appointed by President Obama as a Fellow of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Falk is a board member of the National LGBTQ Victory Fund, and Chairman of the Board and Fundraising Campaign for the Miami-based Frost Science Museum. He is a former board member and past president of SAVE, a Florida-based LGBT advocacy organization.
Falk is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an avid amateur photographer and enjoys ethnographic adventure travel. He resides in Miami, Florida.