Eric K. Shinseki
Eric Shinseki serves as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Obama Administration.
Committee of 100
In 2009, Former Congressman James Leach (R-Iowa), now Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, was the latest Obama nominee with ties to the Committee of 100. Leach, who has been a member of the Committee’s Advisory Council, was nominated to head the National Endowment for the Humanities, a $155 million federal agency which has been critical in supporting academic and public programs in the humanities (including Chinese studies and language). A Republican who endorsed Obama and spoke at his nominating convention, Leach had founded the Congressional Humanities Caucus that sought to counteract attacks against NEH during the 1990s. Leach was selected as a Committee of 100 Advisory Council member for his expertise in international and Asian affairs, gained in his role as Chair of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Leach, like the three other C-100 members and advisors joining the Administration, General Eric Shinseki (Secretary of Veterans Affairs); Ivan Fong, General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security; and Gary Locke (Secretary of Commerce), will resign from Committee participation to avoid any conflict of interest.
Advisory Committee on Women Veterans
The following were elected to the committee on March 16, 2010:
- Matrice W. Browne,Olney, MD
- Valerie Cortazzo, Pittsburgh, PA
- Karen S. Etzler, Amazonia, MO
- Lindsay M. Long, Knoxville, TN
- Gundel M. E. Metz, Madison, WI
- Kayla Williams, Ashburn, VA