WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intention to name the following people to serve as key leaders in his administration:
- Ronald Keohane, candidate for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
- B. Bix Aliu, candidate for the post of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Montenegro
- Martina Anna Tkadlec Strong, candidate for the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Arab Emirates
- Jeffrey Gedmin, Candidate for Member of the International Broadcasting Advisory Board, United States Agency for Global Media
- Kathleen Matthews, Candidate for Member of the International Broadcasting Advisory Board, United States Agency for Global Media
Ronald Keohane, candidate for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
Ronald T. Keohane, a native of Buffalo, NY, has worked with military personnel and families for more than two decades. Keohane previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy during the Obama administration, as well as a long career in the private sector working with wounded warriors and sexual harassment prevention programs and assaults. Keohane also worked extensively with the National Guard on drug demand reduction programs during the Clinton administration. Keohane is a graduate of Canisius College and resides in the Northern Virginia area where he works as the Managing Partner of Blue Rose Consulting Group, Inc.
B. Bix Aliu, candidate for the post of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Montenegro
B. Bix Aliu is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minster-Counselor. Aliu most recently served as the Acting Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Budapest, Hungary. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Poland and Acting Chargé d’Affaires through 2021. Previously, Aliu served as Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General in Krakow and was decorated of the honoris gratia medal. , the city’s highest honor, for its significant advancement of economic and cultural ties between the United States and Krakow. Aliu’s other assignments include serving as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica, Montenegro, Public Diplomacy Officer in Tirana, Albania, Deputy Orientation Coordinator at the Center State Department’s national foreign affairs training and serving in Congress as a Pearson. Congressman. Aliu holds a medical degree from the University of Pristina, Kosovo, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Aliu has received several State Department performance awards and speaks Montenegrin, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, and Albanian.
Martina Anna Tkadlec Strong, candidate for the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Arab Emirates
Martina Anna Tkadlec Strong is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Minister-Counsellor class. She is currently the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the United States Embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Previously, she was Deputy Chief of Mission and also Acting Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and prior to that, Minister Counselor for Political and Politico-Military Affairs at the Embassy of the United States States in Baghdad, Iraq. Strong also served as Counselor for Political-Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, and as Political Counselor to the 34th ID and 1 ID, Multi-National Division – South, Basra, Iraq. Among her other assignments, she served as Assistant Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the United States Embassies in Prague, Czech Republic, and Bridgetown, Barbados. Previously, she served as G-8 Director at the National Security Council, Washington, DC Strong earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, and her master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She speaks Arabic, Czech, Polish, French, German, Russian and Bosnian.
Jeffrey Gedmin, Candidate for Member of the International Broadcasting Advisory Board, United States Agency for Global Media
Jeffrey Gedmin is co-founder of American Purpose, an online magazine, network, and political forum dedicated to advocating for liberal democracy at home and abroad. Gedmin is CEO and Editor-in-Chief. He was President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (headquartered in Prague), the Aspen Institute Berlin and the London-based Legatum Institute. Prior to taking on positions in Europe, Gedmin spent a decade at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC. At AEI, he served as Resident Scholar and Executive Director of the New Atlantic Initiative.
Gedmin is the author of “The Hidden Hand: Gorbachev and the Collapse of East Germany” (1992). He was co-executive producer of two major PBS documentaries: “The Germans: Portrait of a New Nation” (1995) and “September 11 in Spain and the Challenge of Radical Islam in Europe” (2007). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on several boards, including the Institute for State Effectiveness, the Justice for Journalists Foundation, Tocqueville Conversations in Paris and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Along with former US Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Norm Eisen, Gedmin is co-chair of the Transatlantic Democracy Task Force hosted by the US German Marshall Fund. Gedmin holds a BA in Music, an MA in German Literature and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University in German Area Studies. He is a recipient of the Czech Government’s Golden Linden Medal and received an honorary doctorate from Georgian State University in Tbilisi.
Kathleen Matthews, Candidate for Member of the International Broadcasting Advisory Board, United States Agency for Global Media
Kathleen Matthews is an award-winning journalist, global communications manager, nonprofit board member, and Democratic Party activist who has worked in the nation’s capital and the state of Maryland for nearly 50 years. . Growing up in Los Altos, California, Matthews graduated with honors in communications from Stanford University in 1975 and moved to Washington, DC to pursue a career in journalism.
For 30 years, she worked as a producer, reporter, and news anchor for WJLA-TV, winning multiple Emmy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow and George Foster Peabody Awards, and Washingtonian of the Year for her journalism and contributions to the local community. In 2006, she joined the leadership team of Marriott International, based in Bethesda, Maryland, as Executive Vice President for Global Communications and Public Affairs. In this global role, she oversaw internal and corporate communications, brand public relations, government affairs and social impact programs, including sustainability and diversity relations. In 2015, she left Marriott to run for Congress as a Democrat in an open seat for Maryland’s 8th congressional district, where she and her husband have lived for 30 years. Matthews was elected chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party and served in that position for two years. She is active in her state and national party, serving on the boards of five nonprofits, including Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and Emerge, which recruits and trains Democratic women to run for public office. She and her husband, author and political commentator Chris Matthews, have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.