Amanda Simpson Amanda Simpson is believed to be the first transgender presidential appointee. She was appointed by President Obama to the Bureau of Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce on December 31, 2009. Print Full Image Related contentThis Week in History: Amanda Simpson became first transgender presidential appointeeProfiles: Amanda Simpson How to cite this pageJewish Women's Archive. "Amanda Simpson." (Viewed on September 18, 2021) <https://jwa.org/media/amanda-simpson>.