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Public Papers - 1989 - March

Nomination of Kay Coles James To Be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services


The President today announced his intention to nominate Kay Coles James to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services (Public Affairs). She would succeed Stephanie Lee-Miller.

Since 1985 Mrs. James has been director of public affairs for the National Right to Life Committee in Washington, DC, and has served as president of Black Americans for Life. Prior to this she was personnel director for Circuit City Stores, Inc., 1983 - 1985. She was director of community education and development for Housing Opportunities Made Equal, 1981 - 1983, and assistant to the housing coordinator, 1980 - 1981. From 1978 to 1979, she was conference coordinator for the State of Virginia Developmental Disabilities Protection and Advocacy Office. Mrs. James has served on the White House Commission on Children and the Task Force on the Black Family.

Mrs. James graduated from Hampton Institute (B.S., 1971). She was born June 1, 1949, in Portsmouth, VA. She is married to Charles E. James. They have three children and reside in Annandale, VA.

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