Obama Nominates Gay Man As Ambassador To Australia
President Obama has nominated another openly gay man as a U.S. Ambassador--this time to Australia! (No word yet on whether he needs a companion for his trip Down Under...)
Obama nominated John Berry, the former Director of Office Personnel Management.
Here are details on Berry, provided by the White House:
John Berry, Nominee for Ambassador to Australia, Department of State
John Berry served as the Director of the Office of Personnel Management from April 2009 to April 2013. Previously, he was the Director of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park from 2005 to 2009, and the Executive Director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation from 2000 to 2005. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Berry served as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget at the Department of the Interior. From 1995 to 1997, he was Director of Government Relations and Senior Policy Advisor at the Smithsonian Institution. He joined the federal government in 1994 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement at the Department of Treasury. Before joining the Department of Treasury, Mr. Berry was the Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer. Mr. Berry received a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.P.A. from Syracuse University.
Berry joins other gay ambassadorship nominees that were announced in the last few weeks.