MSU professor Guzman set to meet with Trump
President-elect Donald Trump is meeting Tuesday in New York with Joseph M. Guzman, an assistant professor at Michigan State University who advised Trump during his presidential campaign, according to transition officials.
Guzman, who lives in Okemos, teaches in the human resources and labor relations department at MSU and serves on the faculty of the Chicano/Latino Studies program. He was a co-chair of Trump’s Michigan campaign and a member of his National Hispanic Advisory Council.
Guzman will also meet with Vice President-elect Mike Pence while at Trump Tower, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on a call.
The topic of the meeting was not described. Spicer noted that Guzman was a board member of the now-defunct Armed Forces Foundation, and highlighted his Pentagon service as first deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy in the Office of Financial Management and Comptroller, and as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force, and as deputy director of the Department of Defense’s Biometric Management Office.
“He has ample executive experience in the military and a variety of public-sector experience,” Spicer said of Guzman.
Cabinet positions that Trump has not yet filled include secretary of Veterans Affairs and secretary of Agriculture, as well as the post to lead the Council of Economic Advisers, which advises the president on economic issues.
Transition officials said Tuesday it’s possible the Trump team will make more announcements this week of senior staff, deputy chiefs of staff, directors of legislative affairs, intergovernmental affairs and other senior White House staff.
Trump is also meeting Tuesday with Leo S. Mackay Jr., a former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and currently a senior vice president at the defense firm Lockheed Martin, Spicer said.
According to his Facebook biography, Guzman has a doctorate in economic analysis and policy from Stanford University. He holds degrees in economics, statistics and business research from Stanford, as well as an MBA and bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Arizona.
His areas of expertise include the economics of human resources; labor market policy analysis; and entrepreneurialism, according to MSU’s website.
Guzman’s biography says his policy research has included serving as an economist with the Center for Naval Analyses and the RAND Corp.
Guzman unsuccessfully ran for administrative vice chair of the Michigan Republican Party in 2015. David Wolkinson won the seat.
On the local level, Guzman was elected to the Loudoun County School Board representing Sugarland Run District in Virginia, serving for eight years.