The Truman Governance Fellows Program is for Truman Scholars with a demonstrated interest in working at senior levels in the federal executive branch. The program consists of meetings with senior figures with experience in high-level executive branch positions. The program is designed so that participants (1) Develop knowledge of the key issues and challenges associated with senior executive branch service (as political appointees or in senior executive service roles), (2) Build community among one another – Truman Scholars who share an interest in working at the highest levels in the executive branch, and (3) Prepare to succeed as managers and as leaders in the federal executive branch. Workshop topics include:
- Paths to political appointment
- Senior Executive Service
- Navigating the federal personnel system
- Skill-building to become an effective manager
- Working within an agency
- Views from the inside
- How to write a ‘federal resume’
In 2016, speakers for the program included:
- Julie Anderson (NE ’96), Former Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs
- Seth Andrew (RI ’99), Former Senior Advisor, The White House
- Max Finberg (NY ’90), Director AmeriCorps VISTA
- Ted Gerarden, Former Director, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
- Jeffrey Grant (MI ’89), Director, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Carolyn Lerner (MI ’84), Director, Office of Special Counsel
- Ann Lichter (WV ’97), Assistant Administrator, U.S. Department of Labor
- Leo Martinez-Diaz (IL ’98), Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Dept of Treasury
- Westbrook Murphy, General Counsel, Truman Scholarship Foundation
- Renee Stone (FL ’83), Chief of Staff, NOAA
- Darci Vetter (NE ’95), Chief Agricultural Negotiator, USTR
The second class of Truman-Governance Fellows, which met in Washington, DC, in October 2016, includes:
Adam Amir (FL 09) is an associate at the law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, where he represents clients in high stakes litigation in state and federal court. He recently represented fantasy sports company DraftKings in a criminal enforcement action brought by the New York Attorney General. Adam received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and law degree from Stanford University, where he served as the Senior Article Editor of the Stanford Law Review. After receiving the Truman Scholarship in 2009, he moved to New York to work on Mayor Mike Bloomberg's initiatives on immigration and gun safety reform. While there, Adam worked to develop federal background check legislation and a lobbying campaign for it on Capitol Hill. Adam will clerk for a federal judge in Manhattan next year and aspires to return to government service as an attorney. Raised by immigrant parents from Israel, Adam grew up in vibrant, humid South Florida. He enjoys coffee, urban policy, and music--but not writing about himself in the third person.
Jean-Paul Chretien (MD 95) is a Navy physician currently serving as Senior Policy Advisor for Biological Threat Defense in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Previously, he led the Innovation & Evaluation Team at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center; coordinated international programs for the Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System; and directed force health protection for US and NATO forces in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He also served on the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Group on Vaccines against Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases. Jean-Paul graduated from the US Naval Academy, where he was a Truman Scholar. He received his MD, PhD (Epidemiology), and MHS (Biostatistics) from Johns Hopkins, and completed residency in Preventive Medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and fellowship in Health Sciences Informatics at Johns Hopkins. Jean-Paul received the Rising Star Award from the American College of Preventive Medicine and Best Publication of the Year Award from the International Society for Disease Surveillance, and is a member in the Council on Foreign Relations.
Brandon DeBot (WI 13) is a Policy Advisor at the White House National Economic Council, where he focuses on federal tax and budget policy. Prior to joining the NEC, DeBot was a Research Assistant at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a think tank in Washington, DC, where he analyzed how federal tax and budget policies affect low- and moderate-income families. Originally from Stevens Point, WI, he graduated from Dartmouth College summa cum laude with a degree in Government and Public Policy and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was also the recipient of the Barrett All-Around Achievement Cup and the Colby Prize for Government. At Dartmouth, DeBot competed for the Men's Varsity Tennis Team, leading the team to its highest national ranking in program history and being named Second Team All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy. He also worked as a researcher in the Policy Research Shop and as a James O. Freedman Presidential Research Assistant in the Government Department. He plans to pursue a career in economic policy.
Alex Dewar (OR 05) is a Principal with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), based in Washington, DC. At BCG he is a core member of the global Energy Practice where he works with leading energy companies around the world to resolve their most pressing strategic challenges and to create sustainable competitive advantage. He has extensive experience across the energy industry, advising clients on oil and gas, power generation and transmission, and renewable energy topics. Central to his role at BCG is working at the intersection of the private and public sectors, helping clients understand and navigate rapidly evolving policy and regulatory environments in energy. Prior to joining BCG, Alex earned a MSc in Economic and Social History and a MSc in Environmental Change and Management, both at the University of Oxford where he was as a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated summa cum laude with BA in Political Science from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Doyle (WI 15) has had a passion for justice and equity from a young age. Dreams of making an impact on the lives of others and advocating for those without a voice came to fruition through her involvement in community organizing. The experience she gained through volunteering to further health, education, and political campaigns equipped her with the skills to be that advocate. Elizabeth lives in Verona, Wisconsin, with her daughter, Zoe, where she serves as City Council President. She was elected to this position halfway through her first term as Alderperson making her the first woman in leadership in Verona’s history. She is currently serving her second term and attending the LaFollette School of Public Affairs where she is pursuing her master’s degree. She will be interning at City First Enterprises, a nonprofit working to make housing more affordable and to encourage community based development in the DC area, this summer.
Anyu Fang (VA 05) is a securities litigator interested in pursuing a career in financial regulation. He graduated in 2011 from Stanford Law School, where he was an editor of the law review. He clerked for Judge Harris L Hartz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit before joining the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York. There, he has been immersed in many legal battles that have fallen out of the financial crisis, including litigations over residential mortgage-backed securities and the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. Before law school, Anyu earned a B.A. in Economics at the University of Chicago, where he received the distinction of Student Marshal, the highest academic honor in the college. He was a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where he earned an M.Phil. in Development Studies. He also worked for one year as a fellow at the Congressional Hunger Center. Anyu is from the DC suburbs, and is fluent in Mandarin and proficient in French. He is a published author on several legal subjects, and his articles have appeared in the International Journal of Law in Context, Journal of High Technology Law, and Quinnipiac Law Review.
Kristina Filipovich (OR 96) works as an adjunct law professor, an Executive Committee member of Women Lawyers for Hillary, and a volunteer for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Previously, she was an attorney at Jenner & Block, where she did general litigation and criminal investigations and had a pro bono practice representing human trafficking victims. Prior to law school, Kristina worked on women's rights/gender issues, international development, and philanthropy for groups like President Clinton's National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women, Women for Women International, and The Washington Area Women's Foundation. Kristina is also the founder of two nonprofit programs that address violence against women and girls. She has a JD from Stanford Law School, a masters in gender and international development from the London School of Economics, and a BA in politics and women's studies from Occidental College. Kristina is the recipient of the Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, the Truman Scholarship, and the Stanford Public Interest Fellowship.
Jacob Glass (CT 12) is completing a Master in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Prior to attending Harvard, Jacob served as a policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation. In partnership with the White House, Jacob led the Secretary’s efforts to act on the President’s pollinator health initiative and revised Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. Before USDOT, Jacob was Chief Editor at the Podesta Group and a Truman-Albright Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Jacob also served as Communications Director for Truman Scholar Zach Brown’s successful bid for the Montana House of Representatives. In 2013, Jacob graduated from Muhlenberg College with degrees in environmental science and international affairs. Jacob is a Harry S. Truman Scholar, a Morris K. Udall Scholar, a Switzer Fellow and a junior fellow at the American Security Project.
Tobias Harris (IL 04) is an analyst of Japanese politics and economics at Teneo Intelligence, a political risk advisory firm. He is also the Economy, Trade, and Business Fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. His analysis of Japanese politics appears regularly in publications like the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal Asia, and Foreign Policy and he has provided on-air analysis for CNBC, Bloomberg, NHK, and Al Jazeera International. Before working as an analyst, in 2006-2007 Mr. Harris worked on the staff of Keiichiro Asao, at that time a member of the upper house of the Japanese Diet and shadow foreign minister for the Democratic Party of Japan. Mr. Harris holds an MPhil in international relations from the University of Cambridge and graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University. He has also conducted graduate research on Japanese politics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and, in 2011-2012, at the University of Tokyo as a Fulbright Scholar.
Annie Hsieh (CA 04) currently serves as a branch chief and appellate attorney at the U.S. Army Government Appellate Division, where she represents the U.S. in military criminal appeals. As an Army JAG, she has also worked as a military prosecutor, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, administrative law attorney, and legal advisor with NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Annie served as an Army engineer officer, during which she led troops and planned various combat, construction, and civic assistance missions in Iraq and across Asia. Her work and research interests have largely focused on intersections of law, international development, conflict resolution, human rights, and foreign policy. Annie holds a B.S. in Comparative Political Science and Philosophy from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), an M.A. in African Studies from Stanford University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She hails originally from Davis, California, and enjoys running, football, rugby, reading, cooking, and trying to keep up with her daughter, Leila.
Anthony Jones (KY 99) serves as an attorney with the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor. In this capacity, he is primarily responsible for promulgating workplace safety and health regulations and litigating significant enforcement actions in federal courts across the country. In addition to his expertise in labor and employment law, Anthony is an advocate for consumers and has worked as an enforcement attorney with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Anthony has served as a policy advisor to several campaigns for state attorney general on issues concerning consumer protection, criminal justice reform, workers’ rights and equal educational opportunity. Anthony started his legal career with the AFL-CIO General Counsel’s Office in Washington, D.C. Jones graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Political Science and completed his legal education at the University of Illinois. He is originally from Paducah, Kentucky.
Jonathan Jones (NE 04) is a senior analyst in evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG). In his work at OIG, Jonathan is interested in policy tools that ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of government health care programs, for both beneficiaries and taxpayers alike. His work includes the evaluation of new policy tools in the Affordable Care Act that are designed to support and strengthen the expanding Medicaid program. In his work, Jonathan is also interested in the role that data play in helping federal officials more successfully lead and manage government health care programs. Prior to his work at OIG, Jonathan worked in the non-profit sector and in state government. A Truman and Fulbright Scholar, he holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. His personal interests include writing and playing the piano reasonably well.
Andrew Kim (NJ 03) served at the White House from 2013 to 2015 as the Director of Iraq in the National Security Council (NSC) and was the point person responsible for managing the crisis response across the entire U.S. government and for developing the strategy for the global war against ISIS. Andrew previously served in Afghanistan as Strategic Adviser to General David Petraeus, the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and also worked in the Pentagon as the Iraq Country Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and at the State Department in the Office of Iraq Affairs. Earlier in his career, he worked at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As a Rhodes Scholar and a Truman Scholar, Andrew received his Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford for his research on U.S. policy to Iraq during the 1980s and 90s. He previously attended the University of Chicago and Deep Springs College, an elite 26-student liberal arts college situated on a cattle ranch in the California desert.
Charlotte Lanvers (UT 03) is a Trial Attorney in the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice (DOJ). At DOJ, Ms. Lanvers enforces titles I, II, and III of the ADA. From 2012-2014, Ms. Lanvers was a Staff Attorney at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in D.C. At OCR, she helped develop Section 504 and title II guidance about schools’ Section 504 obligations to respond appropriately to the bullying of students with disabilities. Prior to joining OCR, Ms. Lanvers worked at Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) as a Skadden Fellow and then as a Staff Attorney. At DREDF, she worked on Section 504 and ADA education cases, including enforcing and defending a settlement agreement involving the rights of students with diabetes to receive insulin administration at school by trained non-medical personnel. She also worked on cases involving access to public benefits, as counsel of record in class action litigation against the Social Security Administration for failing to provide effective communication to blind and visually impaired recipients and beneficiaries, and cases involving equal access to online streaming video. Ms. Lanvers holds an A.B. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Miriam Krieger (USAF) (CO 03) currently serves as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Her portfolio includes strategic advice on C-ISIL and the broader Middle East, DoD personnel policies, and political and civil-military relations. She is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at Georgetown University with an emphasis on Security Studies. Her research includes Security Cooperation Assistance, military strategic culture, and deterrence. In her free time, Miriam is involved with the Defense Entrepreneurs’ Forum (DEF), Veteran’s for Diplomacy program, and other mentoring opportunities focused on women, veterans, and civil servants. Miriam is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and flew F-16s in Arizona, Florida, and the Republic of Korea. She recently completed a pre-doctoral fellowship in foreign policy at the Brookings Institute and her awards include the Truman and Marshall Scholarships, 2012 CSAF Prestigious Ph.D. Fellowship, and 2015 General Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award for work on female officer retention and talent management.
Narintohn Luangrath (OR 13) is a 2016-2017 J. William Fulbright Scholar to the European Union, where she is a visiting research fellow at Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPI Europe) in Brussels, Belgium. Her Fulbright project focuses on the labor market integration of refugees in select EU Member States. Previously, Narintohn served as Resident Scholar at the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation and as a Truman-Albright Fellow and Policy Analyst at the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Narintohn has a B.A. from Boston College.
Melissa K. Mccafferty (MI 10) serves as a Strategic Analyst in the Commandant’s Advisory Group, where she is responsible for developing strategic context for executive decision making, analyzing emerging ideas, and drafting executive communication to align Coast Guard strategies to budget priorities for the Office of the Commandant. Previously, she served as a Command Duty Officer in Houston, TX where she managed the response to more than 1,200 incidents, including 172 search and rescue cases that resulted in 332 lives saved or assisted and $1.7 million in property salvaged. Melissa also served as Operations Officer aboard the Coast Guard’s first fast response cutter in Miami, Florida. There, she conducted 3,100 patrol hours in the South Atlantic that resulted in the interdiction of 3 drug vessels and the seizure of $27 million in cocaine. Melissa holds her Advanced Boat Forces Insignia and is a licensed 100-Ton Master Merchant Mariner. Her personal awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. She is a native Michigander who graduated with high honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where she was recognized as the distinguished humanities graduate and Harry S. Truman Scholar.
Monika Moore (NC 99) received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her law degree from Yale. After clerking for Chief Judge David Ezra of the United States District Court for the District of Hawai’i and Judge Richard Clifton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, she began working as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. Her practice mainly focuses on civil prosecutions of health care fraud, grant fraud, and fraud committed against other government programs, however, she has recently handled some criminal prosecutions involving bulk cash smuggling and straw purchasing of firearms. In the past, she has worked as an Adjunct Professor in the George Washington University Law School Research and Writing Program. In her spare time, Monika works as a sports broadcaster doing play-by-play analysis, color commentary, and sideline reporting for television and livestream broadcasts of high school and college sporting events in the DC Metro area.
Jenn Onofrio (NY 06) is the manager of the Performance, Policy & Planning unit reporting to the Office of the Chief Security Officer at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. In her role, she has been responsible for creating and growing this unit that is focused on advancing performance measurement and strategic planning for security and policing at some of New York City's most high profile transportation assets, ranging from the three major airports to the World Trade Center. She also oversees crime analysis and aspects of officer activity analysis for the Port Authority Police Department. Prior to joining the Port Authority, she studied public policy at Princeton University, where she earned an MPA and certificate in Urban Policy. While at Princeton, she was an intern at the William J Clinton Foundation and a finalist in the Presidential Management Fellows program. Jenn is originally from New Jersey and spent her pre-Truman years fighting for criminal justice systems reform, by teaching at Rikers Island, researching inmate safety and abuse in the New York State prison system, and working as an advocate for family-supportive policies in prisons and jails across the country. She was the first Truman selected from The New School in New York.
Rahul Rehki (TX 12) currently serves as a staff economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, where he focuses on tax and budget policy, healthcare, and international economics. Previously, Rahul worked as an advisor to England’s Chief Medical Officer on health economics; was a consultant to the World Bank on public finance; and counseled Fortune 500 corporations on strategy and finance at McKinsey & Co. in New York. A Marshall Scholar and World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Rahul graduated from Rice University summa cum laude with degrees in engineering and economics and completed graduate studies at Oxford University and the London School of Economics.
Samuel Roe (NJ 01) is currently Managing Director at the Education Performance Group where he provides strategic advice and technical assistance to senior social sector organization like the National Governors Association & the University of Tulsa Law School. Samuel was most recently an Innovation Advisor in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the US-Department of Education through the ConnectED Fellowship. He previously served as Director of Public Policy & Director Special Initiatives for the CEO at Citizen Schools, a management consultant to leading CMOs, and worked at leading New York City law firms. He began his career as a logistics management specialist at the Department of State in Washington DC under the Outstanding Scholar Program. Samuel earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law as Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, a M.P.P. in Business & Government Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School as a PPIA Fellow, and a S.B. magna cum laude in Diplomacy & International Relations from Seton Hall University where he was a Varsity Tennis Player & Truman Scholar. He has served on the executive & governance committees of numerous charter school boards & non-profit of trustees. He is a currently a senior advisor to the Truman Scholars Association Board of Directors.
Sophie Rutenbar (TX 05) currently serves as Communication & Coordination Officer with the United Nations Department of Field Support, where she is helping to implement a strategic initiative to strengthen the supply chain for UN peacekeeping operations and field presences around the world. She joined the United Nations in 2013 as the first-ever US-sponsored Associate Expert (junior professional officer) in the UN Secretariat, where she worked with the Policy Planning Team for the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support. As part of the Policy Planning Team, she was involved in the establishment of and provision of support to the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO), a major strategic review of the work of the UN’s peace and security presences. At the UN, she has also supported the Public Affairs Section of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations; acted as Best Practices Officer with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS); and managed the programme of work of a high-level panel of the UN Secretary-General, which sought to develop recommendations to protect the world from future health crises such as Ebola. Before joining the UN, she worked for several organizations in Sudan and South Sudan. She was an observer with The Carter Center for the 2011 referendum process on independence for Southern Sudan, before working for two years with a USAID-funded conflict mitigation initiative. She also has experience in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia and Thailand. Sophie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas, where she studied Government & Politics as a Eugene McDermott Scholar. She was both the university’s first Truman Scholar and its first Marshall Scholar. Through the Marshall Scholarship, she received an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the War Studies Department at King’s College London and an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.
Sonia Sarkar (TX 08) is Chief Policy and Engagement Officer for the Baltimore City Health Department. Previously, she was Director of Provider Solutions at AVIA, a health system-led innovation accelerator, and also served as Special Advisor and Chief of Staff at Health Leads, a national social enterprise that envisions a healthcare system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care. As an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, Sonia co-founded Health Leads’ Baltimore site, and also completed a term as a student member of the organization’s national Board of Directors. Subsequently, Sonia served as a Baltimore City Mayoral Fellow with BCHD. Sonia is a Truman Scholar, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and founding board member for the Boston Young Healthcare Professionals and Healthworks Community Fitness. Recently, she was named a Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care InciteHealth Fellow, as well as an AcademyHealth/Kresge Foundation Population Health Scholar. She holds B.A. degrees in public health and international studies from Johns Hopkins University and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is also a published poet, with work appearing in the American Journal of Nursing and the Bellevue Literary Review, among others.
Tenzin Seldon (CA 11) studied at University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in Comparative Social Policy. Her work at the United Nations Regional Office focused on developing capacity of Asia-Pacific on the rights of persons with disabilities in disasters and youth engagement in the region. She also was a guest lecturer at Rangsit University and University of California, Berkeley. In addition, she has worked with the Israel/Palestine peace negotiations, as a Clinton Global Initiative Fellow to reform educational pedagogy in India, and with President Mary Robinson to develop Climate Justice League chapters in the United States among young leaders. Her interest in finding the intersection between technology and policy has been grounded as part of the founding team of the startup, Hivenger INC. Tenzin’s work has been recognized around the world, recognized as Asia Pacific Forum’s ‘Youth of Tomorrow Award’, and by OZY Magazine’s as one of the ‘5 Civil-Rights Leaders for a New Generation.’
Debra Shushan (PA 96) is an Assistant Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She has broad expertise in Middle East politics and international relations, and her research focuses on the impact of authoritarian regime survival strategies on Arab foreign policies. Dr. Shushan has written on foreign aid from Arab Gulf states, prestige-seeking in Qatari foreign policy, and the role of the UN in the struggle between Israel and Palestine. She is revising for publication her book entitled Arab Foreign Policy in Crisis: Autocratic Regime Survival in the Gulf Wars and Beyond. Shushan received an AB in Government summa cum laude from Harvard, received an MPhil in International Relations at Oxford on a Marshall Scholarship, and earned a PhD in Political Science at Yale. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Georgetown's Center for International and Regional Studies in Qatar, and has conducted research in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait, and the UAE. Shushan is eager to use her Middle East expertise to benefit US foreign policy-making and hopes the Truman Governance Fellowship program will help her to make the transition to government service.
Ebun Taiwo (OH 02) is currently an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Prior to joining Debevoise, Ebun served as a law clerk for the Honorable Barrington D. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Anne E. Thompson of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. In between her clerkships, she served as Counsel in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) where she drafted regulations relating to consumer credit and electronic funds transfers as well as provided interpretive guidance on consumer statutes and regulations to the Supervision, Enforcement, and Fair Lending division in support of ongoing investigations. Ebun previously served as an Attorney-Advisor for the CFPB Implementation Team at the Department of Treasury where she analyzed statutes, regulations, and cases concerning scope of the new agency’s authority and provided recommendations regarding the required rulemakings under the Dodd-Frank Act and the scope of discretionary rulemakings. Prior to her CFPB work, Ebun was an Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where she worked on a range of general commercial litigation, securities enforcement, international arbitration, and bankruptcy matters. A graduate of Yale Law School, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po Paris), and The Ohio State University, Ebun is an avid traveler and tennis enthusiast.
Nate Watson (GA 03) is a trial attorney for the Indian Resources Section, Environment & Natural Resources Division, United States Department of Justice. He lives in Denver, Colorado. Nate joined the Justice Department in 2009 through the Attorney General's Honors Program after completing a clerkship with the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Fairbanks, Alaska. Nate's practice focuses on Federal Indian Law and Federal Reserved Water Rights for Indian Tribes. Nate has successfully negotiated and defended Tribe-Federal-State Water Compacts, protected tribal water rights from encroachment, defended First Amendment challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act, and defended Land-into-Trust Acquisitions for Indian Gaming. Nate graduated from Emory Law School in 2008, where he was a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar, Executive Articles Editor of the Emory Law Journal, and President of the Emory Gay and Lesbian Advocates. Prior to law school Nate was a Truman Fellow at USDA. Nate earned undergraduate degrees in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Public Policy from Georgia Tech, where he served multiple terms as president and vice-president of the student body.
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