Nominations & Appointments, April 5, 1985

Nomination of Thomas R. Pickering To Be United States Ambassador to Israel

April 5, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Thomas R. Pickering, of New Jersey, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the personal rank of Career Ambassador, to be Ambassador to Israel. He would succeed Samuel W. Lewis.

Ambassador Pickering is currently serving as Ambassador to El Salvador. He entered the Foreign Service in 1959 as intelligence research specialist in the Department of State and was political officer (test ban treaty) in Geneva on detail to the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in 1961 - 1964. He attended Swahili language training at the Foreign Service Institute in 1964 - 1965. In 1965 - 1967 he was principal officer in Zanzibar, and deputy chief of mission in Dar es Salaam in 1967 - 1969. In the Department of State, he was deputy director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs (1969 - 1973) and special assistant to the Secretary of State and executive secretary of the Department (1973 - 1974). In 1974 - 1978 he was Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in the Department in 1978 - 1981. In 1981 - 1983 he was Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and from 1983 to the present, he has been our Ambassador to El Salvador.

Ambassador Pickering graduated from Bowdoin College (A.B., 1953), Fletcher School of Law (M.A., 1954), and the University of Melbourne (M.A., 1956). He served in the United States Navy in 1956 - 1959. He is married to the former Alice Jean Stover, and they have two children. He was born November 5, 1931, in Orange, NJ.

Appointment of Helen R. Cameron as Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs

April 5, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Helen R. Cameron to be Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs.

Mrs. Cameron was the director of special groups for the 50th American Presidential inaugural. Previously she was director of the voter programs for Reagan-Bush '84. She served as executive assistant to Dr. Garrey Carruthers, Assistant Secretary of the Interior, in 1983 and executive assistant to Dr. John Hernandez, Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, in 1981 - 1983.

In 1972 - 1980 she served on the staff of Senator Pete V. Domenici (R - NM). In 1962 - 1972 she was in Albuquerque, NM, with the New Mexico State Republican Party.

She has two children and resides in Alexandria, VA. She was born November 24, 1934, in Alamogordo, NM.

Appointment of William B. Lacy as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Political Affairs

April 5, 1985

The President has appointed William B. Lacy to be Deputy Assistant to the President and Director, Office of Political Affairs. In this position, Mr. Lacy will coordinate White House and Republican Party activity during the 1985 - 1986 election cycle. He will serve as the chief political deputy to Edward J. Rollins, Assistant to the President for Political and Governmental Affairs.

Mr. Lacy served as director of political operations for the Republican National Committee in 1984 - 1985. He also coordinated RNC political activity with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the Republican Governors' Association. In 1984 he coordinated RNC political activities with the Reagan-Bush committee. Before joining the Republican National Committee, Mr. Lacy was a senior account executive with Decision/Making/Information in McLean, VA. He served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs in 1983 and Deputy Director of Political Affairs in 1982. In 1981 - 1982 he served as deputy campaign director and as a regional field director at the National Republican Congressional Committee.

He graduated from Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1975). He is married and resides in Annapolis, MD. He was born January 1, 1954, in Detroit, MI.

Nomination of Hershey Gold To Be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy

April 5, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Hershey Gold to be a member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 1987. This is a reappointment.

Mr. Gold is chairman of the board of Super Yarn Mart in Los Angeles, CA. He is also a general partner with the Commercial Business Credit Co. and Shenandoah Properties. He is national vice president and member of the international board of directors of Shaare Zedek Medical Center of Jerusalem, Israel. He is past chairman of the State of Israel Bonds for the greater Los Angeles area and past chairman of the Western States/Israel Chamber of Commerce.

He is married, has two children, and resides in Beverly Hills, CA. He was born August 21, 1920, in Chicago, IL.