updated November 11, 2020)
Biden started working on transition in April 2020. The legal entity, 501(c)(4) PT Fund, Inc., filed at the beginning of May. Multiple news outlets reported on June 20 the team was starting to staff up, and in early September the transition ramped up significantly; on Sept. 5 news outlets reported five co-chairs, a 15-person advisory board and more staff.
Transition Code of Ethical Conduct and Transition Ethics Plan (Sept. 30, 2020)
Former U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman
(from the beginning) Appointed to the U.S. Senate from Delaware on Jan. 15, 2009 and served to Nov. 10, 2010. Appointed by President Clinton to the Broadcasting Board of Governors and served from 1995-2008. President of Public Strategies, a political and management consulting firm. College professor. Staff assistant and chief of staff to Sen Joe Biden, 1973-94; started with Biden as a volunteer on his 1972 campaign. Engineer with DuPont. M.B.A. from University of Pennsylvania, 1966; B.S. in mechanical engineering from Duke University, 1960.
(reported Sept. 5, 2020) Taking leave of
absence from position as CEO of Cranemere, a private equity
firm. Director of the National Economic Council and
Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, at the White
House Feb. 2014-Jan. 2017. Credited with leading the
surge to fix HealthCare.gov, 2013. Acting Director at
the Office of Management and Budget, Jan. 2012-Apr. 2013 and
June-Oct. 2010. Chief Performance Officer and Deputy
Director of the OMB, confirmed in June 2009. Founder and
managing partner of Portfolio Logic LLC. President and
CEO of the Washington Baseball Club, one of the groups which
sought to attract a baseball team to Washington, DC,
2004-05. Chairman (2001-04), CEO (from 1998) and
COO (from 1996) at The Advisory Board Company, started there
in 1990. Management consultant at Bain & Company,
Aug. 1988-June 1990. B.A. in political science from Duke
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
(reported Sept. 5, 2020) Elected Governor
of New Mexico Nov. 2018. Served three terms in the U.S.
House, first elected Nov. 2012, resigned Dec. 31, 2018.
Owner of Delta Consulting Group, Aug. 2008-June 2017.
Bernalillo County Commissioner, Jan. 2011-Sept. 2012.
Unsucessful candidate for Congress in 2008. New Mexico
secretary of health, 2004-07. New Mexico secretary of
aging and long-term services, 2002-04. Executive
director of the New Mexico state agency on aging,
1991-2002. J.D. from New Mexico School of Law, 1987;
B.U.S. from the University of New Mexico, 1981. twitter:
U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond
(reported Sept. 5, 2020) Member of the
U.S. House representing LA-2, first elected in Nov.
2010. Unsucessful candidate for Congress in 2008.
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives,
1999-2011. J.D. from Tulane University, 1998; B.A. from
Morehouse College, 1995.
Born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA. twitter: political
(reported Sept. 5, 2020) Senior advisor on the campaign. Managing director at SKDKnickerbocker. Acting White House communications director, Apr.-Nov. 2009. Senior communications advisor/director of communications, policy and research on Obama's 2008 campaign. Principal at Squier Knapp Dunn; joined the firm in 1993 after working for Sen. Bill Bradley. Media consultant to Sen. Evan Bayh's All America PAC in 2006 and developed strategy and produced the media for Bayh's 2004 re-election campaign. Senior political advisor to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, 2001-02. Took leave from the firm in 1999 to serve as communications director and chief strategist for Sen. Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign. Communications and political director and then chief of staff to Sen. Bill Bradley. Communications director at the DSCC for the 1988 and 1990 election cycles. Communications director for U.S. Rep. Bob Edgar’s 1984 congressional and 1986 senatorial campaigns. Press assistant on Sen. John Glenn’s 1984 campaign. Began her career in politics working for White House chief of staff Hamilton Jordan under President Jimmy Carter and as an intern for White House communications director Gerald Rafshoon.
Day to Day Operations Yohannes
(reported June 20, 2020) Adjunct lecturer
(from Sept. 2018) and fellow (Sept. 2017-Sept. 2018) at
Harvard Kennedy School. COO and senior advisor at The
Obama Foundation, Jan. 2017-Jan. 2018. Deputy Assistant
to the President and Senior Advisor to the National Economic
Council (Dec. 2015-Jan. 2017) and chief of staff at the Office
of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs (Mar.
2013-Jan. 2017) at The White House. Deputy national
political director on Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, April
2011-Nov. 2012. National political director of
Organizing for America at the DNC, May 2010-Apr. 2011.
Legislative assistant in the White House Office of Legislative
Affairs, Jan. 2009-May 2010. Staff on Obama's 2008
campaign starting as a Polk County field organizer in Iowa in
May/June 2007; then GOTV director on the Feb. 12 Virginia
primary; and in the Fall was field director on the Virginia
Campaign for Change. M.B.A. from Harvard Business
School; B.A. in political science from Yale University,
2007. Ethiopian American from Springfield, VA. twitter
National Security and Foreign
Policy Avril Haines
(reported June 20, 2020) Deputy director
of Columbia World Projects, lecturer in law at Columbia Law
School, and a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory. Assistant to the President
and principal deputy national security advisor to President
Obama. Deputy director of the Central Intelligence
Agency from 2013. Deputy Counsel to the President for
National Security Affairs in the Office of White House
Counsel, appointed 2010. Assistant legal advisor for
treaty affairs at the U.S. Department of State, 2008-09.
Deputy chief counsel for the majority (under Biden) at the
U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 2007-08. Worked
in the Office of the Legal Advisor at the U.S. Department of
State, 2003-06. Law clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals
Sixth Circuit Judge Danny Julian Boggs, 2002-03. Legal
office at the Hague Conference on Private International Law,
2001-02. With her husband opened operated an independent
bookstore and cafe in Fell's Point, Baltimore. J.D. from
Georgetown Law Center, 2001; bachelor's degree in physics from
University of Chicago, 1992.
(reported June 20, 2020) Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal from Dec. 2018. Consultant with GR Strategic LLC, an Indian American public advocacy group, Mar. 217-Dec. 2018. Vice president of policy at The Gill Foundation, Sept. 2014-Mar. 2017. Associate director of public engagement (LGBTQ and AAPI and advisor at The White House, Oct. 2011-Sept. 2014. White House liaison and deputy White House liaison to the U.S. Department of Defense, Apr. 2009-Sept. 2011. Midwest finance director at the DNC, Apr. 2006-Feb. 2009. Asian American finance director on Obama for America, June-Nov. 2008. Development assistant at Progressive Majority, May 2005-May 2006. B.A. in science, technology and society from Stanford University, 2004. twitter
(reported June 20, 2020) Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Executive director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, 2006-08 Senior legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley, 2002-06. Analyst at The Advisory Board Company, 1999-2000. Trial preparation assistant with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, 1998-99. Fellow in the office of Calif. State Sen. Karnette, 1997-98. Bachelor's degree in political economy from Princeton University, 1997.
(reported June 20, 2020) Executive vice
president at Axios, Jan. 2017-May 2020. Assistant
Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs,
2013-17. Assistant for intergovernmental affairs and
public liaison for Vice President Joe Biden, Jan. 2009-June
2013. Consultant to the Council on Foreign Relations,
Apr.-Sept. 2018. Deputy campaign manager on Biden for
President, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2008. Deputy chair for the
governance track at Clinton Global Initiative, 2005.
Consultant to PeacePlayers International, May 2001-Oct.
2003. Deputy director of scheduling for the First Lady
(July 1997-Jan. 2000) and special assistant to the chief of
staff to the First Lady, Sept. 1994-June 1997. Master's
in international public policy from John Hopkins University
SAIS, 2006; B.A. in political science from Boston College,
1993. Wife of former Deputy Secretary of State Tony
(reported June 20, 2020) Senior counsel
for economic policy (May 2019-June 2020) and banking counsel
(from Aug. 2017) to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Law clerk at
the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Aug.
2016-Aug. 2017. Deputy chief of staff and counsel to the
general counsel (2016) and senior advisor in the Office of the
Director at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.
Special assistant to the Office of the White House Counsel
(Jan.-July 2012) and special assistant to the chief of staff
(May 2011-Jan. 2012) at the White House. Special
assistant in the Office of Communications and Strategic
Planning at OMB, Sept. 2010-May 2011. Special assistant
to the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, May
2009-Sept. 2010. J.D. from Harvard Law School; B.A. in
diplomatic history from University of Pennsylvania,
(reported Sept. 5, 2020) A co-chair of Biden's Vice Presidential Selection Committee. Vice president for public policy and government affairs for the Americas at Apple from May 2016. Executive vice president for policy at the National Football League, Sept. 2014-Apr. 2016. Long-time aide and advisor to Biden. From 2009 to 2013, Cynthia served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Counsel to the Vice President, 2009-13. Staff director and chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, 1991-96. Practiced law at the Washington, D.C. firm Williams & Connolly. J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, 1984; undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, 1979.
(reported Sept. 5, 2020) Chief of staff
to U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (VA-8), May 2019-2020. Chief of
communications at the American Psychiatric Association, Sept.
2016-May 2019. Chief of plans for public affairs
at the Defense Health Agency, Aug. 2015-Sept. 2016.
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security, Apr. 2014-Aug. 2015. Assistant
director in the Office of Public Engagement (July 2013-Apr.
2014) and assistant press secretary for national security and
defense on the National Security Council (June 2011-June 2013)
at the White House. Press officer in the Department of
Defense, Sept. 2009-June 2011. Public affairs officer
2BCT, 4ID (June 2007-Sept. 2009), deputy public affairs
officer in Seoul, Korea (Mar. 2005-June 2007) and postal co.
CDR in Seoul, Korea (June 2003-Feb. 2005) in the U.S.
Army. Public affairs officer in the Office of the
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2001-03. M.P.S.
in public relations from The George Washington University,
2019; B.A. from UNC at Chapel Hill, 1991. twitter
(reported Sept. 5, 2020) COO at The ONE
Campaign from Mar. 2018. Deputy Assistant to the
President, Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary on the
National Security Council at The White House, Aug. 2014-Jan.
2017. Principal at Albright Stonebridge Group, Jan.
2001-Aug. 2014. Deputy chief of staff for Sec. Madeleine
Albright (Jan. 1997-Jan. 2001) and special assistant and
assistant counsel (USUN) (Jan. 1995-Jan. 1997) at the U.S.
State Department. Consultant to the National Democratic
Institute, 1990-93. J.D. from The George Washington
University Law School, 1994; B.A. in politics from Mount
Holyoke College, 1990.
(reported Sept. 5, 2020) Head of
corporate responsibility and community relations (June
2018-Sept. 2020) and SVP and senior director of corporate
community initiatives and relations (Apr. 2017-Apr. 2018) at
KeyBank in Cleveland, OH. Deputy Assistant to the
President and Counselor to the Vice President (June 2014-Jan.
2017) and executive director of the President's Council on
Jobs and Competitiveness (Feb. 2011-Jan. 2017) at The White
House. U.S. representative to the G8 Global Task Force
on Social Impact Investment, Aug. 2013-June 2015. Deputy
Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Treasury,
Feb. 2010-Apr. 2014. Managing partner at Graves &
Horton, LLC, Sept. 2005-Aug. 2009. Director of public
policy at Business Roundtable, May 1999-Aug. 2005.
Policy advisor to the Department of the Treasury,
1997-99. Vice president and director of the Washington
office of the Organization for a New Equality, May 1995-Apr.
1997. J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, 1995;
B.A. in political science and history from Georgetown
University Law Center, 1992.
(reported Sept. 5, 2020)
Member and manager at Pomeroy Investments from 2008.
Co-owner and SVP of corporate development at Edge Wireless,
2000-08. Vice president for business development of
Nextlink Communications, 1997-2000. Manager for
international business development at McCaw Cellular,
1996-97. Associate at Fulbright & Jaworski
International LLP, 1992-94. Staff assistant to the chief
counsel of U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, 1987-88 (Biden was
chairman). M.B.A. from the The Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania; J.D. from Duke University; B.A.
from the University of Washington.
(reported by Politico on Sept. 17, 2020)
Director of public policy and philanthropy, U.S. and Canada
for Twitter, Mar. 2017-Sept. 2020. Senior fellow for
policy innovation at Georgetown University's Beeck Center,
Feb.-May 2017. Director of agency review on the
Clinton-Kaine Transition team, Sept.-Nov. 2016.
Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy (Mar. 2015-Sept.
2016) and counselor to the Secretary (Feb. 2014-Mar. 2015) at
the U.S. Department of Transportation. Special Assistant
to the President and chief of staff (Jan. 2011-Jan. 2014) and
senior policy advisor (Feb. 2009-Jan. 2011) to the Domestic
Policy Council at the White House. National security
working group on the 2008 transition, Nov. 2008-Jan.
2009. Deputy policy director on Obama for America, Mar.
2007-Nov. 2008. Special assistant for policy and
communications to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, Jan. 2006-Feb.
2007. Legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar,
Jan.-Dec. 2005. Press secretary on Erskine Bowles for
U.S. Senate, Mar.-Nov. 2004. Deputy press secretary on
John Edwards for President, Aug. 2003-Mar. 2004. Deputy
press secretary too U.S. Sen. John Edwards, Oct. 2001-Aug.
2003. Assistant account executive at FleishmanHillard,
Nov. 2000-July 2001. B.A. in history and literature from
Spokesperson Cameron French
Vice president of public affairs at
SKDKnickerbocker from June 2018. Director at
Burson-Marsteller, 2016-18. Deputy Assistant Secretary
at HUD, Apr. 2014-June 2016. Director of press
operations at the U.S. Department of Education, 2013-14.
North Carolina press secretary on Obama for America, Sept.
2011-Nov. 2012. Communications specialist at the Center
for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at HHS from Jan.
2011. Communications director to U.S. Rep. John Hall,
June 201--Jan. 2011. Deputy communications director to
U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, May 2009-May 2010. A regional
press secretary at the DNC, Oct.-Nov. 2008. Deputy press
secretary for the Democratic National Convention Committee,
May-Aug. 2008. Press assistant at Podesta Group,
2006-08. Bachelor's degree in political science from UNC
at Charlotte, 2006. twitter
General Counsel Jessica Hertz
(reported on transition team Sept. 5, 2020;
reported as general counsel Sept. 30) Director and
associate general counsel, regulatory (Sept. 2019-June 2020)
and associate general counsel regulatory (Apr. 2018-Sept.
2019) at Facebook. Partner at Jenner & Block, July
2014-Apr. 2018. Principal deputy counsel in the Office
of the Vice President, Dec. 2012-July 2014. Special
Assistant U.S. Attorney, July-Dec. 2012. Counsel to the
Deputy Attorney General, Jan. 2011-Dec. 2012. Counselor
to the Administrator of OIRA at the Office of Management and
Budget, Feb. 2009-Jan. 2011. Law clerk for the US
District Court SDNY, Aug. 2008-Feb. 2009; law clerk for the
U.S. Court of Appeals, Aug. 2007-Aug. 2008. J.D. from
University of Chicago Law School, 2007; A.B. in art history
and French literature from Harvard University, 2003.
AGENCY REVIEW TEAMS
(announced Nov. 10, 2020)
(reported Sept. 5, 2020)
Tony Allen - President of Delaware
State University, a HBCU in Dover. twitter
Jared Bernstein - Chief economist and economic advisor to Vice President Biden, 2009-11; senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities from 2011. twitter
Pete Buttigieg - Former Mayor of South Bend and former Democratic candidate for president (Win the Era). twitter
Leslie Caldwell - Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, May 2014-Jan. 2017 (+); partner at Latham & Watkins LLP. twitter
Mark Gitenstein - U.S Ambassador to Romania, 2009-12; currently senior counsel in the International Trade practice in Mayer Brown's Washington DC office.
Cecilia Martinez - Executive director of the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy. CEED
Bob McDonald - U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, July 2014-Jan. 2017. twitter
Minyon Moore - Principal at Dewey Square Group; veteran Democratic operative. twitter
Vivek Murthy - U.S. Surgeon General, Dec. 2014-Jan. 2017. twitter
Susan Rice - National Security Advisor, 2013-17 and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, 2009-13. twitter
Teresa Romero - President of the United Farm Workers from Dec. 2018. twitter
Cathy Russell - Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, May 2013-Jan. 2017; previously chief of staff to Second Lady Jill Biden. twitter
Lonnie Stephenson - International president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Felicia Wong - President and CEO of the
Institute, a New York-based think tank. twitter
Sally Yates - Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, confirmed May 2015, to Jan. 2017; partner at King & Spalding. twitter
Advisors to the Transition on COVID-19 Dr. Beth Cameron and Dr. Rebecca Katz
COVID-19 Advisory Board
Co-Chairs Dr. David Kessler, Dr. Vivek Murthy, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith
Nov. 9, 2020)
Compare: Obama-Biden Transition Project (2008).
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Lisa Rein, Jonathan O'Connell and Josh
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handing transition resources to Biden – and she isn't
Post, Nov. 8, 2020.
Alex Thompson and Theodoric Meyer. "Biden
transition elevates former Facebook exec as ethics
Sept. 30, 2020.
Elena Schneider and Alex Thompson.
"Biden's transition team, wary of Trump, sets massive
fundraising goal." Politico,
Sept. 12, 2020.
Eric Bradner. "Biden expands transition team, adds key campaign allies and top Obama-Biden policy hands." CNN, Sept. 5, 2020.
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