At Commerce, a New Asst. Secretary for Manufacturing, Services

By November 19, 2009Economy

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Nicole Yvette Lamb-Hale, of Michigan, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services within the International Trade Administration.

Commerce Secretary Locke issued a statement and news release on her nomination:

“Our manufacturers and service providers have an excellent advocate in Ms. Lamb-Hale,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. “Nicole has firsthand knowledge of the challenges that our industries face and will be able to serve the interests of industry at every level. Whether their needs are achieving greater competitiveness, advocating for policies that assist industry in competing abroad, or interacting with trade associations, I am confident that our domestic industry will benefit from her leadership.”

Lamb-Hale currently serves as the Deputy General Counsel for the Department of Commerce. In this role, she assists the General Counsel as the chief legal officer for the Department and legal advisor to the Secretary.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Lamb-Hale was the Managing Partner of the Detroit office of the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP where she specialized in business restructuring in the manufacturing sector. Lamb-Hale has been active in civic and community affairs throughout her career. Her involvement included serving as vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority, by appointment of Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Leadership Detroit. She has also been a frequent speaker on business restructuring matters with particular emphasis in recent years on the automotive industry.

Lamb-Hale received her B.A. with high honors from the University of Michigan in 1988, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991.

The President earned his law degree from Harvard a year later.

In 2007, Crain’s Detroit Business honored Lamb-Hale, then at Foley & Lardner, as one of its “Most Influential Women.”

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