WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intention to name the following leaders to serve as key leaders in his administration:
- Jessica Looman, Wage and Hour Administration Candidate, United States Department of Labor
- Hugo Yue-Ho Yon, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of the Maldives
- Joe H. Ritch, Nominee for Tennessee Valley Authority Board Member
- Almo J. Carter, candidate for commissioner of the United States Parole Board
Jessica Looman, Wage and Hour Administration Candidate, United States Department of Labor
Jessica Looman has served as Senior Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) since Jan. 20, 2021. Looman previously served as executive director of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, representing 70,000 unions. construction professionals working in 15 construction trades. She advocated for expanding construction career paths, including greater diversity and inclusion in the construction workforce; protected the physical and financial health of unionized construction workers; and increased private and public investment in construction infrastructure. Prior to joining the building trades, Looman was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton (D-MN) to serve as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce. As Commerce Commissioner, Looman prioritized protecting Minnesota’s consumers, promoting the state’s clean energy economy, and fair regulation of Minnesota’s financial institutions and insurance industry. the state. Looman served as Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), where she oversaw the strategic coordination of DLI’s five divisions to ensure equitable, healthy and secure working and living environments. safe throughout Minnesota. Looman also served as general counsel for the Workers’ District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota, a 12,000-member union representing construction workers in the Upper Midwest. Looman is a graduate of George Washington University and the University of Minnesota Law School. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and two sons.
Hugo Yue-Ho Yon, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of the Maldives
Hugo Yon is a career member of the High Foreign Service, Minister-Counsellor class. He is currently a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and Environment at the US Department of State in Washington, DC. Organizational Affairs, and prior to that, Deputy Undersecretary for Transportation Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. Yon has also worked as director of international economics and finance and as director for India and the subcontinent, both at the National Security Council. Previously, Yon was appointed Deputy Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the United States Embassy in New Delhi, India. Yon also served as Deputy Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Deputy Financial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China. Yon holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in public affairs from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He speaks Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese and Indonesian.
Joe H. Ritch, Nominee for Tennessee Valley Authority Board Member
Joe H. Ritch is a resident of Huntsville, Alabama, where he practices law with Dentons Sirote, PC, focusing on government contracts, corporate law and tax law. He served as director of the Tennessee Valley Authority during the Obama-Biden administration and also served as chairman of the board. He has been active in many community organizations, including serving as an administrator emeritus of the University of Alabama system. Ritch also served as president of the Redstone Regional Alliance, which is a coalition of communities in northern Alabama and south-central Tennessee that supports the growth of military installations in that region. He received Redstone’s Good Neighbor Award, as well as the Distinguished Service Award from the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce. He has served on various boards primarily related to technology, aerospace, and defense, as well as numerous nonprofit boards, including the Alabama School for Cyber Technology and Engineering Foundation. He was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame in 2021. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Samford University, and New York University.
Almo J. Carter, candidate for commissioner of the United States Parole Board
Almo J. Carter is a civil rights attorney experienced in the District of Columbia’s unique criminal justice system. Since joining the District of Columbia’s Public Defender Service in 1999, Carter has served as a trial attorney and currently specializes in post-conviction advocacy and rehabilitation legal services. Carter also serves on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Admissions Committee. Her previous work experiences include serving as Executive Director of a local non-profit child rights advocacy and service delivery organization, and as a management consultant in the Washington, D.C. offices of Booz Allen Hamilton and Ernst and Young. Carter received his Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park.