Science, Tech, Space and Arts Team Lead


Tom Wheeler is a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project’s Agency Review Working Group responsible for overseeing review of the science, technology, space and arts agencies.

Department of Commerce Review Team Leads

Don Beyer is the owner of five automobile dealerships in Northern Virginia and for the past 34 years he has been a national leader in the retail automobile industry, serving as chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association and the National Volvo Dealer Council. Beyer previously served eight years as Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor, and he was the Democratic nominee for Governor in 1997.

Ralph Everett is President and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Previously, he served as Legislative Assistant to Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC) and as the Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. In1998, President Clinton appointed Everett as U.S. Ambassador to the International Telecommunication Union’s Plenipotentiary Conference and he also led the U.S. Delegation to the Second World Telecommunications Development Conference.

FCC Review Team Leads

Susan Crawford is a Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, teaching communications law and internet law. She was a partner with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) until the end of 2002, when she left to become a legal academic. Ms Crawford recently ended her term as a member of the Board of Directors of ICANN.

Kevin Werbach is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and the organizer of the annual Supernova technology conference (http://www.supernova2009.com). His research explores the legal and business dynamics of information and communications technologies. Formerly, he served as Counsel for New Technology Policy at the FCC during the Clinton Administration. He has also edited Release 1.0, a renowned technology newsletter, and founded Supernova Group, a technology analysis and consulting firm.

NASA Review Team Lead

Lori Garver is currently the President of Capital Space, LLC. For the past 25 years, Garver has been a leader in the aerospace community, working in senior roles in the non-profit, government and commercial sectors, including serving as executive director of the National Space Society and as a Vice President of DFI International. In addition, Garver previously served as NASA’s Associate Administrator of Policy.

Roderic (“Roddy”) Olvera Young is Senior Vice President of TMG Strategies, directing the firm’s Technology and Environment team and providing strategic counsel to the firm’s clients on their high profile conflict and crisis issues across a range of industries. He previously worked on Banking and Appropriations Committee assignments and served as the Press Secretary to NASA’s Administrator as a Presidential appointee.

NEA/NEH Review Team Leads

Bill Ivey is the Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University – a cultural policy center with offices in Nashville and Washington. He is also a trustee of the Center for American Progress. During the Clinton Administration, Ivey served as Chairman of the NEA.

Anne Luzzatto served in the Clinton Administration as a Special Assistant to the President, Deputy White House Press Secretary for the National Security Council, and as Assistant US Trade Representative for Public Affairs. Following her White House service, Luzzato spent eight years as the Vice President for Meetings and Outreach at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Clement Price is Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History and Director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University, Newark. Price is an authority on the black New Jersey past by virtue of his Freedom Not Far Distant: A Documentary History of Afro-Americans in New Jersey (1980) and other scholarly works. His awards for academic and civic service include the New Jersey Professor of the Year by The Council for Advance and Support of Education in 1999. Dr. Price is a member of the Scholarly Advisory Committee to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Newark Public Library, a member of The New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and a trustee of the National Council for History Education.

NSF Review Team Leads

Jim Kohlenberger spent eight years in the Clinton White House as Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore, where he helped promote policies to harness science and technology as engines for economic growth and opportunity. Since leaving the White House, he has run his own consulting business and served as executive director of the Voice on the Net Coalition, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Benton Foundation. He has also advised U.S. Senators, Governors, CEOs, start-ups, non-profits, and associations on innovation issues.

Henry M. Rivera is a partner with the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP where he represents telecommunications and media companies. Previously, Rivera served as a Commissioner of the FCC, as a chair and member of FCC and State Department Advisory Committees, and as a member of several U.S. delegations to international telecommunications conferences. He is also a past president of the Federal Communications Bar Association.

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