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William A. Chatfield
Distinguished Fellow

William A. Chatfield became the 11th Director of Selective Service in November 2004, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He was directly responsible to the President for the management of the Selective Service System.

Mr. Chatfield, of Texas, brought to that position more than 25 years of experience working with the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.

He commenced public service as a staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the late Seventies. He then performed in several appointed positions of increasing responsibility in both terms of the Reagan Administration: Department of Defense; Civil Aeronautics Board; Office of Personnel Management; Consumer Product Safety Commission; Department of the Interior; and Interstate Commerce Commission.

From 1987 until his appointment with the Selective Service, he was engaged in governmental relations and public affairs consulting. After leaving public office at the end of the Bush Administration, Mr. Chatfield returned to consulting. The main focus of his practice was in the field of advancing effective healthcare protocols, specifically dealing with our nation’s wounded warrior population.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, with 34 years of active duty and reserve service.

Mr. Chatfield joined the Trump Presidential Transition Team in September of 2016. He was the policy lead on VA reform for candidate Trump and a leader on the transition effort for the president-elect at the Department of Veterans Affairs from election day to inaugural day. In the Trump administration, he served as a Department of Defense Fellow for the White House Liaison at the Office of the Secretary of Defense; working with the Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness and the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs, providing liaison with the Defense Health Agency, focusing on the latest protocol for the effective treatment of the wounded warrior community.

In the Trump-Pence 2020 reelection effort, Mr. Chatfield worked with Election Operations, coordinating effective voter participation efforts and providing ballot security measures.

At present, in the private sector, he is advocating for the latest advancements in mental and physical treatment for our nation's veteran community.

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