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GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
|OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS||ONE JUDICIARY SQUARE
441 FOURTH STREET, N.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20001
|For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, April 25, 2000
|Contact: Elena Temple
(Washington, D.C.) Mayor Anthony A. Williams announced three appointments in his administration today during a press conference at One Judiciary Square. The appointments were for Public Service Commission Chair, Director, Office of Boards and Commissions and Director, Office of Human Rights.
Angel Cartagena, Chair, Public Service Commission, will lead an independent agency of the District Government responsible for regulating quality and quantity of services provided by public utilities operating in the District, including telecommunications, gas and electric services. He becomes the highest-ranking Latino appointee in the District Government.
Charles Holman, Director, Office of Human Rights, will be responsible for enforcing the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act of 1990, the Parental Leave Act of 1995, and other laws and policies on nondiscrimination. The Office is the advocate for the practice of good human relations and mutual understanding among the various racial, ethnic and religious groups in the District of Columbia. Mr. Holman started February 28th.
Ronald King, Director, Office of Boards and Commission, will be responsible for the management and recruitment of candidates for the boards and commissions of the District of Columbia and making recommendations to the mayor for appointments. King will also oversee the functioning of boards and commissions. King started work on March 13th.
"I'm proud of these three nominees--they are national caliber candidates who reflect my commitment to make government work for our citizens," said Mayor Williams. "These nominees reflect the diversity of the city and will serve our city well."
Biographies of the three nominees are attached.
Angel M. Cartagena, Jr. has been nominated as Chair of the Public Service Commission for the District of Columbia by Mayor Anthony A. Williams. In this position, Mr. Cartagena will lead an independent agency of the District Government responsible for regulating quality and quantity of services provided by public utilities operating in the District, including telecommunications, gas and electric services. He becomes the highest-ranking Latino appointee in the District Government.
Mr. Cartagena has 12 years of experience in telecommunications law, and currently serves as a General Attorney in the Consumer Information Bureau in the Office of the Chief at the Federal Communications Commission. He is responsible for advising the Bureau chief on regulatory issues relating to consumer matters under FCC jurisdiction.
Prior to joining the Federal Communications Commission, Mr. Cartagena served as a Staff Attorney for the Public Service Commission from July 1994 to May 1995. He presided as a hearing officer over trial-type hearings involving the provision of local and pay telephone service in the District. His service included managing evidentiary discovery, witness testimonies, and hearing schedules.
Previously, Mr. Cartagena served as Assistant General Counsel for Metromedia Communication, responsible for both federal and state regulatory proceedings involving common carrier issues. He represented Metromedia in trade groups and before the FCC and various state regulatory agencies. He also supervised law firms doing work for the company relating to federal and state regulatory proceedings.
Angel Cartagena was born on January 3, 1962 in Newark, New Jersey to Angel Manuel and Iris Minerva Cartagena. Angel, Sr. migrated from Puerto Rico in 1954 and married Iris in 1961.
At age 15, Angel was awarded a scholarship by A Better Chance, Inc. to attend Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut. Despite the many challenges of leaving home for the first time to attend a school with a radically different cultural and economic environment, Angel successfully graduated in 1980 and went on to Yale University.
While at Yale, Angel met and married his wife of more than 19 years, Dr. Alicia Cartagena. During those years he co-founded a program for tutoring Hispanic high school students who spoke little English. He was also a program director at WYBC-FM and participated in the Yale President's Committee for the Development of a Racial/Sexual Harassment Policy. He also worked for several years at New Haven Legal Assistance.
Angel completed his studies at Boston College Law School and the College of Communications at Boston University. During those years he worked at WCVB-TV and RKO General. He earned his JD from Boston College in 1988 and completed the required Glasswork for the Masters of Mass Communications at Boston University. Angel and his wife have two children and live in Washington, D.C.
Charles F. Holman, III has been nominated as Director of the Office of Human Rights for the District of Columbia by Mayor Anthony A. Williams. In this position, he will be responsible for enforcing the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act of 1990, the Parental Leave Act of 1995, and other laws and policies on nondiscrimination. The Office is the advocate for the practice of good human relations and mutual understanding among the various racial, ethnic and religious groups in the District of Columbia.
Mr. Holman comes to this position with more than 20 years of experience in civil rights law. Since 1998, he has served as Senior Trial Attorney for the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the Civil Rights Division for the U.S. Department of Justice. He investigated and prosecuted civil cases of discrimination in housing and public accommodations based on race and national origin across the nation. He also provided outreach and guidance to civil rights groups and members of the public in discrimination cases across the country.
In 1997, Mr. Holman was selected from a nationwide pool of Assistant U.S. Attorneys to serve as a prosecutor as part of a one-year detail which prosecuted cases of church arson for a task force established by President Clinton. In this position, Mr. Holman supervised and led teams of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, FBI and ATF agents and paralegals in the investigation of high-profile arson cases. He solved and successfully prosecuted racially motivated arson cases through all steps of the criminal justice system, receiving a personal citation from FBI Director Louis Freeh for outstanding work.
From 1990 to 1997, Mr. Holman served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for Detroit, Michigan. In this position, he prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases, achieving victory in every case tried before a judge or jury. Prior to that experience, he served as a Civil Rights Trial Attorney in Detroit for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He also worked for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
Mr. Holman earned his law degree from Wayne State University in Detroit in June 1980 as one of the youngest graduates in the school's history. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan. Throughout his career, Mr. Holman has received numerous awards and commendations for his civil rights work, including the Mitchell Leadership Award for Exemplary Dedication in Civil Rights from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Ronald King has been appointed as Director of the Office of Boards and Commissions for the District of Columbia by Mayor Anthony A. Williams. In this capacity, Mr. King manages the recruitment of candidates for the boards and commissions of the District of Columbia, makes recommendations to the mayor for appointments, and oversees the functioning of boards and commissions.
In assuming this post, Mr. King returns to service in the District government, having first served as a member of the staff of the Council of the District of Columbia from 1975 to 1977. Over the past two decades, Mr. King has been a major advocate for quality, affordable health care.
From April 1999 to March 2000, Mr. King served as Executive Director of the HIV Community Coalition of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., advocating for people living with and affected by HIV Disease. He has managed prevention and education programs for the Centers for Disease Control as well as the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Mr. King also worked with The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health to develop the AIDS Program of the National Basketball Players Association, which was honored by the CDC in 1997 as its best AIDS in the Workplace program in the nation.
Mr. King has also advised representatives of several foreign governments on education and prevention strategies for HIV, including French President Jacques Chirac while Mayor of Paris.
Mr. King co-founded the D.C. Needle Exchange Coalition and was instrumental in securing private and government funding for the initiative. Mr. King also helped build coalitions through the D.C. HIV Prevention Community Planning Committee and helped win consensus among disparate groups in priority setting for the city.
A sixth generation Washingtonian, Mr. King is a board member of the Anacostia Coordinating Council and holds memberships in the Fairlawn Citizens Association, the D.C. Coalition, and the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. Prior to joining the Administration, he served as chairman of ANC 6C. Mr. King graduated from Dartmouth College in 1974.
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