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NEWS | June 3, 2016

Warm Welcomes and Fond Farewells

Over the past few months, the Manufacturing and Industrial Based Policy (MIBP) office welcomed new leadership, promoted one of their own, and said farewell to some key team members.

Mr. Ryan McDermott started as Principal Director for MIBP on April 25, 2016. Prior to joining MIBP, Mr. McDermott served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller). 

Ms. Melinda K Woods, previously the Assistant Director of Strategic Programs, was appointed Director of the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III Program on March 1, 2016. More information about DPA Title III and Ms. Woods is located on the DPA Title III website.

In March, MIBP bid a fond farewell to Mr. Ben Richardson and Dr. Sally Sleeper. Since November 2014, Mr. Richardson served as the Director of Global Markets and Investments and as DoD lead for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. He left MIBP to serve as the Deputy Director for Security Policy and Oversight in the Office Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Dr. Sleeper, a member of the MIBP team through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Program, returned to the RAND Corporation in her new role as director of the Arroyo Center’s Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources program. Click here to read reflections by Mr. Richardson and Dr. Sleeper on their time at MIBP, and discover more information on their new roles.

While the MIBP team will miss Mr. Richardson and Dr. Sleeper, we look forward to working with Mr. McDermott and Ms. Woods in their new leadership roles.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Sleeper and Mr. Richardson’s work at MIBP.