Washington, D.C. (June 28, 2010) – The White House Office of the Press Secretary announced Monday, that President Barack Obama intends to nominate Scot Marciel as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia.
The nomination announcement was one of four other individuals named to key Department of State administration posts, including, Norman L. Eisen as Ambassador to the Czech Republic; Terence McCulley as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and Larry Palmer as Ambassador to Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
President Obama also announced his intent to appoint several individuals to serve as members on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, including Alapaki Nahale-a, a Native Hawaiian. The remaining Native American nominees include Sam McCracken; Mary Jane Oatman-Wak Wak; and S. Alan Ray.
“I am proud to nominate such accomplished and dedicated individuals to fill these important roles,” said Obama. “They will be valuable additions to my administration as we work to confront our challenges at home and abroad, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
Scot Marciel is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and concurrently as Ambassador for ASEAN Affairs.
Marciel previously served as Director of the Office of Maritime Southeast Asia; Director of the Office of Mainland Southeast Asia; Director of the Office of Southeast Europe; and Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. He has also served in Hong Kong, Hanoi, Sao Paulo, and Manila. He received a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a BA from the University of California at Davis.
Alapaki Nahale-a is the founder and owner of The Strive Company, a Hawaii-based consulting practice. Prior to this, he was the director of a Native Hawaiian community driven public charter school Ka Umeke Kaeo for six years.
Mr. Nahale-a is also the Executive Director of the Hawaii Charter School Network, a Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Commissioner, a Hawaii County Charter Commissioner, and a board member for the Kuikahi Mediation Center. In years prior, he held a series of community development positions with Hawaii Community College, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, and the Rural Community Assistance Corporation.
Mr. Nahale-a served the Hawaii County Council for five years as a legislative auditor assistant and fiscal/program review auditor. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.