President Barack Obama announced today that he was naming San Francisco’s gay city treasurer, Jose Cisneros, as the vice chair of a federal financial advisory group.
Late Wednesday (February 26) the White House released a statement about a number of key appointments to administration posts, including 15 seats on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.
Created by Obama in 2013, the advisory body, according to its website, advises the president and the Secretary of the Treasury on how to promote financial capability among young Americans and encourage building the financial capability of young people at an early stage in schools, families, communities, and the workplace and through use of technology.
Obama named John W. Rogers, Jr., the chairman, CEO, and chief investment officer of Ariel Investments in Chicago, as chair of the advisory council. Rogers previously chaired the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2010 to 2013.
Among the other members announced today for the panel were Kerry N. Doi, president and CEO of the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment since 1976, who is a board member of the Los Angeles Housing Partnership and the California Community Economic Development Association, and Kilandigalu (Kay) M. Madati, the head of entertainment and media on Facebook’s global marketing solutions team.
Elected in November to a third, albeit truncated, term as treasurer, Cisneros is the only LGBT person elected to a citywide position at San Francisco’s City Hall. He is expected to seek re-election to a four-year term in 2015.
Cisneros served as deputy general manager for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Previously, he worked for IBM Corporation and Lotus Development Corporation as a senior international product manager. Prior to that, he was an assistant vice president at Bank of Boston.
He received a B.S. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in San Francisco with his longtime partner, Mark Kelleher.