The President today announced that he will nominate Antonia Handler Chayes, of Cambridge, Mass., to be Under Secretary of the Air Force. She would replace Hans M. Mark, who is being nominated today to be Secretary of the Air Force. Chayes is currently Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
She was born July 21, 1929, in New York City. She received a B.A. from Radcliffe College in 1949 and an LL.B. from George Washington University Law School in 1953.
From 1959 to 1961, Chayes was executive assistant to the dean of Harvard Law School, and from 1961 to 1962, she worked on the White House staff drafting correspondence. She was a consultant to a Baltimore community development firm in 1963 and 1964 and a social science adviser to the National Institute of Mental Health in 1964 and 1965.
From 1966 to 1968, Chayes was director of education and urban development for the Model Cities Administration's Action for Boston Community Development program. She was dean of Tufts University's Jackson College from 1968 to 1970 and an associate professor of political science at Tufts from 1970 to 1972.
From 1972 to 1973, Chayes was law clerk to Judge Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She was a partner in the Boston firm of Csaplar & Bok from 1974 until her appointment in 1977 as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force.