Trump also tapped Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the acting undersecretary of Defense for intelligence and security, to chair the Public Interest Declassification Board.
Other administration hands include Russ Vought, Trump’s Office of Management and Budget director, who was nominated for a spot on the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors; Stephanie Grisham, the former White House press secretary who never held a formal public media briefing during her tenure, to the National Board for Education Sciences; and Ric Grenell, Trump’s former ambassador to Germany and acting director of national intelligence who later joined Trump’s reelection campaign, who was nominated to serve on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Those individuals were among the more than 40 people named to various “key positions” on panels such as the Commission of Fine Arts, the National Museum and Library Services Board, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
The list includes people who have contributed to Trump’s political campaigns, as well as Paolo Zampolli, who has boasted of introducing Trump to now-first lady Melania Trump. Zampolli was nominated for a position on the Kennedy Center board.
Trump has rolled out a handful of other appointment lists in recent weeks, awarding posts to people such as Kellyanne Conway, a 2016 campaign manager and former counselor to the president, and Brian Hook, the Trump administration’s former U.S. special representative for Iran.