Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has appointed Albert C. Zapanta as the chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board.
The Reserve Forces Policy Board is the principal independent policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense on matters relating to the reserve components. The board is composed of 24 members in addition to the chairman.
Zapanta is the president and CEO of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce based in Washington, D.C. The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, bi-national corporation that promotes trade and investment between the two North American nations. He served as assistant secretary of Administration and Management, U.S. Department of Interior, during the Reagan administration. He was also a White House fellow in 1973-74. Zapanta has served in appointments to various government commissions and advisory committees in five different administrations.
Zapanta holds a bachelor of arts and master of arts in public administration from the University of Southern California. He is a decorated combat veteran who holds the Silver Star, and has 32 years of active, Guard and reserve experience.