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National Archives Foundation Announces Election of Ambassador David Jacobson, Timothy Keating, William Minor and Rodney Slater to Board of Directors

March 19, 2019

The National Archives Foundation, the non-profit partner of the National Archives and Records Administration, today announced the election of Ambassador David Jacobson, Timothy Keating, William H. Minor and Rodney E. Slater to its Board of Directors.

David Jacobson is Vice Chairman of BMO Financial Group, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada and former Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel under President Obama. Timothy Keating is executive vice president of Government Operations for The Boeing Company. William Minor is a partner at DLA Piper LLP (US) and leads the firm’s political law practice. Rodney Slater is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs and the former U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

“We are extremely grateful to welcome David, William, Tim, and Rodney to the National Archives Foundation Board,” said Chairman and President of the Board Governor James Blanchard. “Their vast knowledge and unique experiences will enhance our mission to develop engaging exhibitions, public programs and educational initiatives in D.C. and across the nation.”

The National Archives Foundation Board of Directors also elected new officers, listed below, and named four longstanding board members as Distinguished Historians, recognizing their scholarship and dedication to the Foundation.

Distinguished Historians New Officers
Michael Beschloss, award-winning Presidential historian, NBC News Presidential Historian and a contributor to the PBS NewsHour Ross O. Swimmer (Treasurer), Special Trustee for American Indians at the U.S. Department of the Interior
A’Lelia Bundles, author and journalist whose book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, is in development for an 8-part Netflix series Jacqueline B. Mars (Vice President), lifelong businesswoman and philanthropist. Mrs. Mars is the first recipient of the National Archives Foundation’s Heritage Award
Ken Burns, American documentary filmmaker who has produced some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made Robert Mosbacher, Jr. (Vice President), Chairman of the Board of Mosbacher Energy Company, a family-owned energy company headquartered in Houston, Texas
Cokie Roberts, award-winning journalist, author and political commentator for ABC News and NPR Michael Powell (Vice President), President & CEO of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association and former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Lucinda Robb (Vice President), community leader and education advocate. She is the granddaughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson


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Ambassador David Jacobson became Vice Chairman of BMO Financial Group in October 2013. In that role he is responsible for driving business across all lines, including Capital Markets, Personal and Commercial Banking, and Wealth Management. Among other responsibilities at the Bank, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Montreal (China) Co. Ltd., and serves as Chair of BMO’s Political Action Committee.

Prior to joining BMO, he served as the 22nd U.S. Ambassador to Canada, holding the role from 2009 to 2013. As Ambassador, he worked to expand the bilateral trading relationship between the U.S. and Canada, raising it to the highest level between any two countries in history. He led the Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation efforts to improve the security and efficiency of the border between the two countries. He worked to strike a balance between using North America’s energy resources and preserving the environment, and to foster the shared values of the United States and Canada around the world. For his efforts, Ambassador Jacobson received the State Department’s 2012 Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service.

Before becoming Ambassador, he served in the Obama White House as Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel. Prior to joining government service, he was a corporate lawyer in Chicago.

Timothy Keating is executive vice president of Government Operations for The Boeing Company, the world’s leading aerospace company. He is a member of the company’s Executive Council. Keating joined Boeing in May 2008 and leads the company’s public policy efforts, including all U.S. federal, state and local government liaison operations. He also leads the Boeing Global Engagement organization.

Prior to joining Boeing, Keating was senior vice president of Global Government Relations for Honeywell International.

William H. Minor is a partner at DLA Piper LLP (US) and leads the firm’s political law practice, which advises corporations, associations, professional firms, nonprofits, and individuals on federal and state lobbying, campaign finance, and government ethics laws and rules. In addition, he represents clients in enforcement matters and congressional investigations.

William has served as pro bono counsel to the Foundation since 2011. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Running Start, a nonprofit devoted to inspiring and training young women for political service. Before joining Verner Liipfert, a firm that later merged into DLA Piper LLP (US), William was a legislative assistant to Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA).

Rodney E. Slater is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs. As the former US Secretary of Transportation he helps clients integrate their interests in the overall vision for the transportation system of the 21st Century – a vision he set as transportation secretary to promote a safer, more efficient, environmentally sound and sustainable worldwide transportation infrastructure. As US Secretary of Transportation under President Bill Clinton, Secretary Slater passed several historic legislative initiatives over his tenure, including the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which guaranteed a record US$200 billion in surface transportation investment though 2003, and the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21), which provides a record US$46 billion to improve the safety and security of the nation’s aviation system. He is also a member of a number of corporate and nonprofit boards.

In addition he is the former Administrator of the US Federal Highway Administration, assistant attorney general of the litigation division of the Arkansas State Attorney General’s Office, former chairman and member of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Commission, former Director of Government Relations, Arkansas State University, former Special Assistant for Economic and Community Programs to then-Governor Bill Clinton, and Former Executive Assistant for Community and Minority Affairs to then-Governor Bill Clinton.