The Honorable David S. Ferriero was sworn in as 10th Archivist of the United States on November 13, 2009.
David S. Ferriero was confirmed as 10th Archivist of the United States on November 6, 2009. Early in 2010 he committed the National Archives and Records Administration to the principles of Open Government—transparency, participation, and collaboration. To better position NARA to fulfill these goals, Mr. Ferriero initiated an agency transformation in 2010. The transformation restructured the organization and set goals to further our mission, meet the needs of those who rely on us, and find new, creative ways to approach the agency's work.
Openness and access drive NARA's actions in a variety of ways. The agency has embraced a number of social media tools—Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube, Tumblr, and others—to reach a wider and broader audience. NARA uses this digital engagement as a two-way street. Early in his tenure, Mr. Ferriero celebrated the contributions of "citizen archivists," and he encourages public participation in identifying historical Federal records and sharing knowledge about them.
Access and protection go hand in hand, and NARA has taken steps to ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy access to Federal records. In August 2012, NARA produced the Managing Government Records Directive to modernize and improve Federal records management practices. Mr. Ferriero also instituted new security measures to deter theft or mishandling of records.
Several new facilities, designed to protect the records and improve access to them, have been opened since 2010. The George W. Bush Presidential Library became the 13th Presidential Library under NARA's administration. The National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO, moved into a newly constructed building that is better equipped to preserve the millions of veterans records in its care. And the National Archives at New York and the National Archives at Denver moved to new locations. In Washington, DC, the National Archives Museum's visitors entrance was reconfigured, and the new David M. Rubenstein Gallery opened in December 2013.
Previously, Mr. Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL). He was part of the leadership team responsible for integrating the four research libraries and 87 branch libraries into one seamless service for users, creating the largest public library system in the United States and one of the largest research libraries in the world. Mr. Ferriero was in charge of collection strategy; conservation; digital experience; reference and research services; and education, programming, and exhibitions.
Before joining the NYPL in 2004, Mr. Ferriero served in top positions at two of the nation's major academic libraries, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and Duke University in Durham, NC. In those positions, he led major initiatives including the expansion of facilities, the adoption of digital technologies, and a reengineering of printing and publications.
Mr. Ferriero earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature from Northeastern University in Boston and a master's degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science, also in Boston. Mr. Ferriero served as a Navy hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War.
Debra Steidel Wall became Deputy Archivist of the United States in July 2011. She previously served as the agency's Chief of Staff (2008-2011), as Senior Special Assistant to the Archivist (2005-2007), and before that as Director of the Lifecycle Coordination Staff, where she led staff responsible for developing policies, processes, systems and standards relating to the life cycle of records. She was the initial manager of the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) database and other information technology projects, was Deputy Director of the Information Resources Policy and Projects Division, and worked as an archivist in the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video unit.
Debra joined NARA in 1991 as an archivist trainee and holds an undergraduate degree in history and government from Georgetown University, and a graduate degree in film from the American University. She has a master's certificate in information technology project management from George Washington University, and has served as a member of the International Council on Archives (ICA) Committee on Information Technology and Committee on Descriptive Standards.
On December 9, 2013 Maria Carosa Stanwich was appointed NARA's Chief of Staff. She primarily directs the operations of the Archivist's Office, ensuring effective communication with all NARA units, and assisting the Archivist and Deputy Archivist in coordinating program and policy matters across the agency to achieve NARA's mission and strategic goals.
Since 2011, Maria served as the Executive Officer for Business Support Services. From 2004 to 2011, she was the Operations and Public Programs division director with the Center for the National Archives Experience, and from 1989 to 2003, she served at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as an education specialist, administrative officer, director of operations, and deputy director.
Before joining NARA, Maria taught high school history in Washington, DC, and Boston. She graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and holds an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.
William J. Bosanko was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer effective January 1, 2013. Prior to this appointment, he served as NARA's Executive for Agency Services and was responsible for NARA's efforts nationwide to service the ongoing records management needs of Federal agencies and to represent the public's interest in the accountability and transparency of these records. Mr. Bosanko previously served as the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office from January of 2008 to March of 2011 where he was responsible for oversight of the government-wide security classification system and the National Industrial Security Program. Mr. Bosanko began his career with NARA in February of 1993, first as an Archives Technician and later as an Archivist, working on NARA's Special Access and FOIA Staff and NARA's Records Declassification Division. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania).
Gary M. Stern has been the General Counsel of the National Archives and Records Administration since 1998, and also serves as NARA's Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer, Senior Agency Official for Privacy, and Dispute Resolution Specialist. Mr. Stern provides legal and policy guidance with respect to NARA's implementation of the Federal Records Act, the Presidential Records Act, and all of the other statutes, regulations, orders, and directives that govern NARA's multiple archival and records-related responsibilities. Before coming to NARA, Mr. Stern worked for the U.S. Department of Energy (1995-98), the U.S. Federal Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments (1994-95), and the Washington Office of the American Civil Liberties Union (1987-94), where he specialized in national security, classification, and information law issues. While at the ACLU, Mr. Stern participated as a plaintiff in Armstrong, et al. v. Executive Office of the President, the first major case involving government email recordkeeping practices, and also served as legal consultant to the National Academy of Science's Committee on Declassification of Information for the Environmental Remediation and Related Programs of the Department of Energy. Mr. Stern earned his law degree in 1987 from Yale Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of International Law; he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 1983, where he majored in Ancient Greek.
John Hamilton serves as Director of Congressional Affairs for the National Archives, where he plans, directs, and coordinates the legislative and congressional relations activities of NARA. Before coming to NARA, Mr. Hamilton led federal relations efforts for the University of California (UC) in Washington, DC, primarily in the Federal budget and appropriations processes, science and technology policy, and higher education programs and regulations. Mr. Hamilton also served as the assistant director for federal relations at the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and worked as a legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Robert Traxler, following issues related to education, science, labor, civil service, transportation and the Federal courts. Mr. Hamilton is a native of Michigan and received a BA in history from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan and an MBA from an international graduate school at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea.
Donna Garland became NARA's Chief Strategy and Communications Officer (CSCO) effective September 26, 2011, bringing to NARA nearly 25 years of experience as a communications professional, including 17 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she most recently served as the Associate Director for Communication. In this capacity, she was responsible for directing overall agency communication, marketing, and response to issues. Garland also established department-wide strategic initiatives, milestones, as well as staffing, project, and budget plans. She also served as the Director in the Office of Enterprise Communication of the CDC for five years, where she commissioned the agency's first communication audit to better understand the communication needs and expectations of internal and external audiences. Among her other roles within the CDC, one of Garland's key accomplishments was revamping the strategic planning process within the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. In particular, she established a collaborative process for developing the strategic plan that included educating all agency staff on the overall process, clarifying budget decision-making, and ensuring transparency throughout the entire development. Prior to the CDC, Garland was media coordinator at the Children's Defense Fund; marketing media representative and marketing publications editor at Hallmark Cards, Inc.; and public affairs director at the Atlanta Urban League. She has volunteered her public relations expertise to such organizations as UNICEF, the United Negro College Fund, Habitat for Humanity and The Girl Scouts of America. She holds a Bachelors degree in Business and Organizational Communications from the University of Akron.
Sean Clayton is an accomplished federal employee with an internal consulting approach that leverages his skills in strategic planning, marketing and communication, organizational development, performance analytics, and process improvement to bring about positive change to the organizations for which he has worked.
Mr. Clayton currently serves as Chief Human Capital Officer for the National Archives and Records Administration. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program with the Social Security Administration (SSA). He held several key leadership positions, most notably as the Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner for Management and Operations Support, responsible for a $34 million budget, facilities, IT automation, and human resources in the 6,800 employee San Francisco region.
Prior to joining SSA, Mr. Clayton served as a Human Capital Specialist for the Department of Energy (DOE). His projects consisted of $2 million in improvements to the agency's strategic recruitment, social media strategy, career mapping, competency identification and development, student program policy development, and end-to-end federal hiring process improvements.
Mr. Clayton also worked as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist while working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA). He served as the agency's National Hispanic Employment Program Manager during his tenure and developed the agency's first 5-year Affirmative Employment Plan in over a decade.
Other career highlights include being elected as the Chair of the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers. In this role, Mr. Clayton has consulted with various federal agencies and non-profit organizations in the development of Hispanic hiring toolkits to overcome Hispanic underrepresentation in the Federal workforce.
Mr. Clayton is also recognized as one of the Federal Government's thought leaders on building management strategies to address generational differences in the workplace. His team-taught workshop has been received by thousands attendees across the nation. Mr. Clayton has received national attention from numerous non-profit organizations, government agencies and was featured on Black Entertainment Television and Government Executive magazine for his work on civil rights as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Mr. Clayton attended Ursinus College and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics. He went on to pursue his Masters degree in Public Administration at American University with a focus in Organizational Diagnosis and Change Management.
Pamela Wright became the National Archives' first Chief Innovation Officer in December 2012. She leads staff responsible for agency-wide projects and programs in the following areas: innovation, digitization, web, social media, online description, and online public engagement. Ms. Wright previously served as the agency's Chief Digital Access Strategist (2009–2011), where she pulled together the web, social media, and online catalog staff into an award-winning integrated team for improved online public access, and as the manager of the Archival Research Catalog (2005–2008), where she led staff responsible for developing and implementing policies, processes, systems and standards relating to the description of records. She currently serves as the agency representative to the White House Open Government Working Group and the Digital Public Library of America.
Ms. Wright began her work at the National Archives as an archivist in the Initial Processing and Declassification unit in 2001 and holds undergraduate degrees in history and English from the University of Montana, as well as a graduate certificate in project management from the George Washington University. Prior to her work at the Archives, Ms. Wright was a staff historian for a private consulting firm, conducting research at local, state and federal facilities across the country.
Jay Trainer was appointed as the Executive for Agency Services effective June 2013. As such he is responsible for NARA's nationwide efforts to service the ongoing records management needs of Federal agencies and to represent the public's interest in the accountability and transparency of these records. Agency Services is comprised of the Office of the Chief Records Officer, the Federal Records Centers Program, the Information Security Oversight Office, the National Declassification Center, and the Office of Government Information Services.
Jay is a career NARA employee having started as a student trainee at the Dayton Federal Records Center in 1988. Upon reassignment to Washington, DC, in 1991 he held a progression of management analyst and financial analyst positions at headquarters offices for the Federal Records Center, Records Management, and Regional Archives programs and the Washington National Records Center. Since 2004, Jay served as Assistant Director for the Federal Records Centers Program (FRCP). As the Assistant Director, Jay had oversight authority for four lines of business: Operations, the National Personnel Records Center, Customer Relations Management, and Business Development. He also exercised daily authority over staffing, finance, facilities, and administrative functions as well as a lead role in FRCP strategic planning efforts. Jay also served as a member of the NARA Strategic Support Team assisting with strategic planning and benchmarking efforts.
Jay holds a BA in History from the University of Dayton and an MA in American History from George Mason University.
Paul M. Wester, Jr. is the first Chief Records Officer for the U.S. Government. David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States, named Mr. Wester to this position effective March 13, 2011.
As the Chief Records Officer, Mr. Wester leads records management throughout the Federal Government, with an emphasis on electronic records. He is responsible for issuing Federal records management policy and guidance; liaisoning with Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Government CIO Council, and other stakeholders on records management issues; and serving as an ombudsman between agencies and the Archivist to ensure that NARA and the agencies it serves meet their statutory mandates and records management requirements.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Wester served as the Director of Modern Records Programs in the National Archives and Records Administration's Office of Records Services - Washington, DC. In this position, Mr. Wester was responsible for the overall management and performance of NARA's agency-facing activities in the Washington, DC area. Mr. Wester also directed NARA's National Records Management Program, coordinating the activities of headquarters and regional records management staff in support of NARA's overall strategic plan.
Mr. Wester holds an undergraduate degree in history and Master of Arts and Master of Library Science degrees from the University of Maryland.
Mayer brings to this assignment more than 20 years of experience working in dynamic research environments, most recently having served as the University Librarian at American University in Washington, DC. In this role, Mayer connected the University Library fully to the work of the university through strong leadership, innovative visions for today's technology-driven research environments, and a passionate focus on the customer. While at American University, Mayer led his faculty and staff through a collaborative transformation that led to unprecedented achievements in customer satisfaction with the library's research collections and services. With the mission statement of "We Enable Success" Mayer brought vision and energy to his work at American that resulted in the redesign of physical research spaces and new opportunities for both virtual and face-to-face service delivery.
Prior to his work at American University, Mayer served from 2001 to 2007 as the Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Technical Services at George Washington University. He was directly responsible for the development, implementation, and integration of information technology services across the entire library system operation. He also served as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Library and Information Science at Catholic University.
Mayer's library career began in 1990 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, and later moved to the Harvard Business School Library as access services manager. He came to DC in 1999 to serve as the systems librarian for public services for the Washington Research Library Consortium. Mayer is an international speaker and leader on the changing face of services in research organizations, management of organizational change, and innovative applications of technology in information systems. He was George Washington University's first Frye Leadership Institute Scholar in 2005. He earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Washington and a MLS from Simmons College in Boston.
Prior to working in academic libraries, Mayer worked in a variety of occupations, including vineyard management, cattle ranching, and residential construction. His interests include ocean ecology, music, and next-generation learning systems.
Dr. Jim Gardner was appointed the Executive for Legislative Archives, Presidential Libraries, and Museum Services effective August 15, 2011, and provides executive direction, guidance, strategic coordination, and evaluation of NARA's national education and exhibits programs, the Center for Legislative Archives and the Presidential Libraries system. Dr. Gardner brings to this assignment over 30 years of experience leading complex national, public and private organizations that span the historical, cultural, museum, library, archival, and educational communities. Most recently, he has spent over 12 years working at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History (NMAH). Since 2009, he has served as the Senior Scholar, overseeing collections and research planning and working on pan-Smithsonian initiatives. Dr. Gardner previously served as Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs at NMAH, with responsibility for the Museum's collecting, research, and exhibition development as well as its involvement with Smithsonian Affiliates and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Prior to his appointment at the museum he served as Deputy Executive Director of the American Historical Association. He also served as Director of Education and Special Programs for the American Association for State and Local History. Dr. Gardner holds Doctorate and Masters Degrees in History from Vanderbilt University and an undergraduate degree in History from Rhodes College.
Swarnali Haldar was appointed NARA's Executive/Chief Information Officer (CIO) effective June 29, 2014. She is responsible for leading programs and projects for information systems and tools that allows customers to permanently preserve digitized as well as born digital information and tools for customers to discover NARA's holdings. She will continue to develop strategies to enhance NARA's capabilities to support records management.
Swarnali has been with NARA since February of 2013. Prior to her appointment as CIO, she served in the role of Deputy Chief Information Officer/Director of Operations. Before joining NARA, Swarnali served as the CIO for the Foreign Agricultural Service within the Department of Agriculture. She is an accomplished senior manager with domestic and international experience in leading the strategy and tactical operations of an information technology organization. She has proven experience in innovative, results-driven success managing a multi-million dollar government information technology organization and has a proven track record for providing information services to headquarters as well as field offices.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).
Acting Executive for Business Support Services
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Micah Cheatham was appointed as NARA's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in June 2011. As CFO, he is the principal adviser to the Archivist on Federal financial management and provides enterprise wide leadership for budget, accounting policy and operations, financial reporting, and operation of NARA's Trust Fund. He has previously served as the Director of Budget for the General Services Administration and in financial management positions in the Internal Revenue Service. Micah holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and a graduate degree in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan.
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James E. Springs was appointed as the Inspector General effective March 23, 2015. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office established under the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended. The OIG's statutory mission is to promote the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of NARA programs and operations, and to protect against fraud, waste, and abuse. The OIG carries out this mission by conducting audits, and investigations; reviewing existing and proposed legislation and regulations; and keeping the Archivist of the United States and the Congress fully informed about problems and deficiencies relating to NARA programs and operations.
Mr. Springs has 27 years of government experience working in the Inspector General community. Mr. Springs joined NARA in 1997 and has previously served as the Acting Inspector General and Assistant Inspector General for Audits. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Saint Augustine's College.
Megan (Meg) Phillips became NARA's External Affairs Liaison in August 2013. From 2010 to 2013 she served as the Electronic Records Lifecycle Coordinator in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer. In that role, Meg was involved with two large-scale electronic records initiatives, NARA's Electronic Records Archives (ERA) project and the search for automated electronic records management solutions under the Managing Government Records Directive. From 2008 to 2010, she served as the Electronic Records Project Manager and ERA adoption coordinator for the Office of Regional Records Services. Meg joined NARA in 2002 as a Senior Records Analyst in the Mid Atlantic Region. She has been based at the National Archives at Philadelphia throughout her NARA career, helping keep her in touch with Agency and Research Services operations in the field.
Before coming to NARA, Meg ran the archives and records management program for the American College of Physicians. She has a BA in history from Haverford College, an MA in history from the University of Chicago, and a MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Meg is a Certified Records Manager and an active participant in the Society of American Archivists.
Ismael Martinez is the Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). As EEO Director, Mr. Martinez is the principal advisor to the Archivist of the United States on all EEO matters, and is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the Agency’s EEO Program.
Mr. Martinez brings to NARA a wealth of knowledge and experience in EEO and civil rights. Previously, he served as an EEO Manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he was responsible for developing and implementing a model EEO and affirmative employment program. Through his career, Mr. Martinez has served in numerous positions including EEO Counselor, Complaint’s Specialist, Budget Officer, EEO Investigator, Compliance Officer, and Special Emphasis Program Manager for Hispanics and Persons with Disabilities.
Mr. Martinez also served in the U.S. Army for 22 years, where he received extensive training and education in leadership and program management relating to civil rights, EEO, and diversity. Mr. Martinez holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland and is an Honors graduate from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.
Executive Director, National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
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Kathleen M. Williams was named Executive Director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives, in April 2008. She serves as spokesperson for the NHPRC, articulating the Commission's mission and overseeing its grant programs and related activities. Before joining the NHPRC in 2004, she spent over twenty years as an archivist in Federal and non-profit settings. She served for ten years at the Smithsonian Institution as a senior archivist at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, including service as its Archives Division Director for six years. Her career has included ten years as archivist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she began the archives program and two years at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She earned her BA in history from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She studied archives and history as a graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, and received an MA in arts administration from Goucher College in Baltimore.
John P. Fitzpatrick was appointed the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), with the approval of the President of the United States, on August 1, 2011. Mr. Fitzpatrick previously served as the Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for Security and before that as the Director of the DNI's Special Security Center. He served as the DNI's principal advisor on matters of securely sharing and protecting national security information, and also led efforts to reform the security clearance process across the Executive Branch. As a Senior Executive with the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office, Mr. Fitzpatrick worked extensively in industrial security, national policy formulation and direct support to overseas operations. Mr. Fitzpatrick holds a bachelor's degree in economics and psychology from the College of William and Mary.
David Weinberg has served as the Director of the Federal Records Centers Program (FRCP) since August of 1999, upon the completion of converting the FRCP from an appropriated program to a reimbursable one. Before joining the National Archives, Mr. Weinberg served as the Deputy Records Commissioner of the City of Philadelphia, the Curator of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, and the Assistant Curator of Temple University's Urban Archives. He earned a bachelor's degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in Library Science from Drexel University, and a second master's degree in American History from Temple University. In 1997, Mr. Weinberg was selected as a Research Fellow for the Study of Modern Archives at the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library, examining the feasibility of local government records programs that began with NHPRC grant funding.
Sheryl J. Shenberger was named as the first director of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) National Declassification Center (NDC) effective June 7, 2010. She comes to the National Archives from the intelligence community where she was most recently with the CIA Declassification Center, responsible for its 25-year review and referral program and for coordinating government-wide review of Presidential Library referrals through the Remote Archives Capture (RAC) program. From 2003 through 2006, she served as branch chief for the CIA declassification efforts at NARA where she was responsible for directing CIA review efforts and collaborating with NARA to improve declassification processes. Prior to working in the declassification field, Ms. Shenberger worked in the CIA Counter Terrorism Center (2001 – 2003), the CIA Crime and Narcotics Center (2000 – 2001), and the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency (previously known as NIMA and NPIC; 1988 – 2000).
Ms. Shenberger is a graduate of Villanova University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1979, and of North Carolina State University where she received a Master of Arts degree in English in 1983.
Scott Levins was appointed the Director of the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), effective July 3, 2011, bringing to the position over 20 years of experience at the National Archives. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Levins served as the Assistant Director for Military Records at NPRC and worked on space and facility matters in the Central Office of Regional Records Services, helping with the transition of the FRC Program to a fully reimbursable operation. He also was the Coordinator of Records Center Operations at the Pittsfield Federal Records Center and held Management Analyst positions in the Central Office of Federal Records Centers and at the Washington National Records Center.
Mr. Levins holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Saint Xavier University in Chicago and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.