President Obama recently named Amanda Simpson, believed to be the first transgender woman appointed to a senior government role, to be a Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department, according to ABC News.
Simpson, a member of the National Center for Transgender Equality’s board of directors, said in a statement, that “as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others.”
The White House had no comment on her appointment.
Simpson recently served as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona.
At Raytheon, Simpson — a former test pilot who had worked for the company for more than a generation — transitioned from male to female and was instrumental in convincing the military contractor to add gender identity and expression to its equal employment opportunity policy.