President Barack Obama has chosen Washington lawyer Roel Campos and New York lawyer Rita Hauser, among others, to advise him on intelligence gathering, the White House said today.
The two will be appointed to spots on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, positions that do not require Senate confirmation. The board, created in 1976 by President Gerald Ford, is charged with telling the president how well intelligence agencies are following the law and meeting their missions. President George W. Bush stirred controversy last year when he issued an executive order limiting the board’s authority.
Campos is the partner in charge of the Washington office of Cooley Godward Kronish. He served as a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 2002 to 2007, and earlier he was one of two principal founders of El Dorado Communications, a radio broadcasting company in Houston, Texas, the White House said.
He is a former assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a law degree from Harvard University, and a master’s in business administration from UCLA.
Hauser served on the board under Bush from 2001 to 2004. A former partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, she is now president of The Hauser Foundation, started by her and her husband, cable television executive Gustave Hauser. She chairs the International Peace Institute and the advisory board of the International Crisis Group, and she co-chairs the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School.