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Obama Administration

Key positions announced:

White House Chief of Staff – Rahm Emanuel

White House Deputy Chief of Staff – Peter Rouse

Vice President Chief of Staff – Ron Klein


Key positions not yet announced:


Transition team:

Obama-Biden Transition Project – 3 co-chairs: John Podesta, Valerie Jarrett, and Pete Rouse.

Transition team advisory board: Carol Browner, William Daley, Christopher Edley, Michael Froman, Julius Genachowski, Donald Gips, Governor Janet Napolitano, Federico Peña, Susan Rice, Sonal Shah, Mark Gitenstein, and Ted Kaufman.

Transition Senior Staff:

Chris Lu – Executive Director

Dan Pfeiffer – Communications Director

Stephanie Cutter – Chief Spokesperson

Cassandra Butts – General Counsel

Jim Messina – Personnel Director

Patrick Gaspard – Associate Personnel Director

Christine Varney – Personnel Counsel

Melody Barnes – Co-Director of Agency Review

Lisa Brown – Co-Director of Agency Review

Phil Schiliro – Director of Congressional Relations

Michael Strautmanis – Director of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs

Katy Kale – Director of Operations

Brad Kiley – Director of Operations

Vice President-elect’s transition team: Mark Gitenstein, and Ted Kaufman.

Agency Review Co-Chairs: Melody Barnes, Lisa Brown, Don Gips

Working Group Members: Seth Harris, David J. Hayes, Reed Hundt, Sally Katzen, Tom Perez, Sarah Sewall, Louisa Terrell, Ray Rivera, Michael Warren, Tom Wheeler, Jon Wilkins

Sarah Sewall is a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project’s Agency Review Working Group responsible for the national security agencies.

Department of State Agency Review Team Leads: Tom Donilon, Wendy R. Sherman

Senior advisor for State transition: Warren Christopher

Foreign Assistance

Foreign Assistance (USAID, MCC and PEPFAR) Review Team Leads: Gayle Smith, Aaron Williams

Department of Defense Agency Review Team Leads: John P. White, Michèle A. Flournoy

Informal senior adviser role throughout the defense transition process: Sam Nunn

Rumored to be on transition team: Kurt Campbell, Bill Lynn

National Security Council:

National Security Council Review Team Leads: Antony Blinken, Ivo Daalder, Mara Eve Rudman

Department of Energy:

Department of Homeland Security:

Department of Homeland Security Review Team Leads: Rand Beers, Clark Kent Ervin

Intelligence Community Review Team Leads

(Includes Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, National Counterterrorism Center): John O. Brennan, Judith A. (“Jami”) Miscik

Office of Management and Budget Review Team Leads: Barbara Chow

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