Washington, D.C., USA: Members of a Department of Commerce committee called the Digital Economy Board of Advisors have turned in their resignations after President Trump’s response to Charlottesville.
Zoë Baird, a founding co-chair of the Board and the President and CEO of the Markle Foundation, confirmed that she and other members had submitted her resignation to Trump.
“It is the moral responsibility of our leaders to unite Americans by respecting the diversity and inclusion that enables our country to generate new opportunity and celebrate freedom,” Baird’s resignation partly letter reads.
“For decades, I have worked with every administration of both parties to further equal access to opportunity for all Americans. Having served on DEBA since March 2016, it has been an honor and privilege to work on behalf of my country and shape economic policies that benefit all Americans.”
Formed in 2016 under the Obama administration under Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, the committee’s aim is to “provide recommendations on ways to advance economic growth and opportunity in the digital age.”
This is the third executive branch advisory council of business and civic leaders that includes a flood of resignations this week, following the collapse of the Strategic and Policy Forum and the American Manufacturing Council. Notably, the Silicon Valley-laden American Technology Council still remains intact — for now.
A spokesperson for the Department of Commerce did not immediately respond to a request for comment.