Appointment of Burleigh C.W. Leonard as Special Assistant to the President for Policy Development

March 14, 1984

The President today announced the appointment of Burleigh C.W. Leonard as Special Assistant to the President for Policy Development. He will also serve as Executive Secretary of the Cabinet Council on Food and Agriculture.

Mr. Leonard has been serving as Deputy Assistant Director for Energy, Natural Resources, and Agriculture in the Office of Policy Development and as Acting Executive Secretary of the Cabinet Council on Food and Agriculture.

Mr. Leonard received his B.A. degree cum laude from Princeton University in 1973 and did postgraduate study at Mansfield College, Oxford University. He received his J.D. degree from the Washington College of Law at American University in 1981 and was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court Team which placed second in the 1980 Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition.

Mr. Leonard served as a legislative assistant and as a professional staff member, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee from 1977 to 1980. He was legislative coordinator for the Reagan transition team at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and served as legislative director for the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee in 1981 before joining the Office of Policy Development staff.

He was born on March 30, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, MO. He is married and resides in Arlington, VA.