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Transition Update: Biden announces agency Review Teams

As anticipated in our most recent Transition “Next Steps” post from Monday, the Biden-Harris Transition team on Tuesday this week announced its Agency Review teams.  These are the groups assigned to interact with each Federal agency, take inventory of pending issues, such personnel and agency management, budget, and policy, and report back an assessment that will be used both for briefing incoming political appointees and developing policy approaches.  

 

Complicating the work of these Review Teams, the Trump Administration, through its administrator of General Services Administration (GSA), has refused, as of this writing, to recognize Vice President Biden and Senator Harris as the “President-elect” and “Vice-President-elect.”  Those terms are defined under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 as “such persons as are the apparent successful candidates for the office of the President and Vice President, respectively, as ascertained by the Administrator following the general elections.”  Absent such a determination, the Biden Transition is denied access to agency career staffers, briefing materials, funding, office space, and other resources specified by Federal Law. 

 

The Biden Transition has signaled its intent to proceed despite this GSA position.

 

Below are the team rosters for the Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services/Food and Drug Administration, Office of the United States Trade Representative, and International Development.   For a full list of all the teams government wide, click here.

 

United States Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture team will also review the Farm Credit Administration and the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation.

Name

Most Recent Employment

Source of Funding

Robert Bonnie, Team Lead

Duke University, Bipartisan Policy Center

Volunteer

Nicholas Anthis

University of California

Volunteer

Sanah Baig

The Good Food Institute

Volunteer

Brooke Barron

Office of the Speaker, Maine State Legislature

Volunteer

Kumar Chandran

FoodCorps

Volunteer

Jonathan Coppess

The University of Illinois

Volunteer

Andrea Delgado

UFW Foundation

Volunteer

Debra Eschmeyer

Arizona State University

Volunteer

Meryl Harrell

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards

Volunteer

LaQuita Honeysucker

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

Volunteer

John Padalino

Bandera Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Volunteer

Gregory Parham

United States Department of Agriculture (Retired)

Volunteer

Lisa Pino

State of New York, Department of Health

Volunteer

Amy Pitelka

Barker Pitelka PLLC

Volunteer

Jeffrey Prieto

Los Angeles Community College District

Volunteer

Audrey Rowe

Self-employed

Volunteer

Corey Then

Moneta Group

Volunteer



Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services team will also review the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Name

Most Recent Employment

Source of Funding

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Team Lead

Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP

Volunteer

Robert Gordon, Team Lead

State of Michigan, Department of Health & Human Services

Volunteer

Kathryn Alvarez

The Aspen Institute

Volunteer

John Auerbach

Trust for America’s Health

Volunteer

Lisa Barclay

Boies Schiller Flexner, LLP

Volunteer

Jonathan Blum

Health Management Associates

Volunteer

Lu Borio

In-Q-Tel

Volunteer

Perrie Briskin

University of California, Berkeley

Volunteer

Ken Choe

Hogan Lovells, LLP

Volunteer

Henry Claypool

Self-employed

Volunteer

Jose Cordero

University of Georgia

Volunteer

Sarah Despres

Pew Charitable Trusts

Volunteer

Eliot Fishman

Families USA

Volunteer

Cristal Gary

AMITA Health

Volunteer

Mina Hsiang

Devoted Health

Volunteer

Tom Inglesby

Johns Hopkins University

Volunteer

David C. Kaslow

PATH

Volunteer

Natalie Kates

Alloy

Volunteer

Jeremy Konyndyk

Center for Global Development

Volunteer

Anna Martinez

State of New Jersey, Department of Children and Families, Division on Women

Volunteer

Sarah Nolan

Service Employees International Union

Volunteer

Yngvild Olsen

Institutes for Behavior Resources, Inc.

Volunteer

Edwin Park

Georgetown University

Volunteer

Sharon Parrott

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Volunteer

Chuck Peck

Guidehouse, Inc.

Volunteer

Anne Reid

Co-Equal

Volunteer

Geoff Roth

Self-employed

Volunteer

Meena Seshamani

MedStar Health

Volunteer

Cyrus Shahpar

Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies

Volunteer

Mary Wakefield

University of Texas at Austin

Volunteer

 

Office of the United States Trade Representative

The Office of the United States Trade Representative team will also review the United States International Trade Commission and the US Trade and Development Agency.

Name

Most Recent Employment

Source of Funding

Jason Miller, Team Lead

Self-employed

Volunteer

Kathleen Claussen

University of Miami

Volunteer

Ted Dean

Dropbox

Volunteer

Celeste Drake

Directors Guild of America

Volunteer

Michelle DuBois

Values Partnerships

Volunteer

Julie Greene

AFL-CIO

Volunteer

Elizabeth Kelley

Urban Institute

Volunteer

Riley Ohlson

Alliance for American Manufacturing

Volunteer

Patrick Schaefer

State of New Mexico

Volunteer

Daniel Sepulveda

MediaMath

Volunteer

Brad Setser

Council on Foreign Relations

Volunteer

Todd Tucker

The Roosevelt Institute

Volunteer

Arun Venkataraman

Visa, Inc.

Volunteer

Mark Wu

Harvard Law School

Volunteer

Ryan Zamarripa

Center for American Progress

Volunteer

 

International Development

The International Development group includes the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Peace Corps, the United States Agency for International Development, and the United States International Development Finance Corporation.

Name

Most Recent Employment

Source of Funding

Linda Etim, Team Lead

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Volunteer

Elizabeth Littlefield, Team Lead

Albright Stonebridge Group

Volunteer

Cameron Alford

U.S. Bank

Volunteer

Ashley Allen

Oatly

Volunteer

Bama Athreya

Laudes Foundation

Volunteer

Gaby Baca

White & Case, LLP

Volunteer

Alex Crabtree

American Civil Liberties Union

Volunteer

Beth Dunford

United States Agency for International Development (Retired)

Volunteer

Chinesom Ejiasa

Sums 15 Holdings, LLC

Volunteer

Dina Esposito

Mercy Corps

Volunteer

Kate Gage

The Movement Cooperative

Volunteer

Tara Guelig

The Lightsmith Group

Volunteer

Charles Holmes

Georgetown University

Volunteer

Cindy Huang

Refugees International

Volunteer

Brian O’Hanlon

Rocky Mountain Institute

Volunteer

Michele Sumilas

Bread for the World

Volunteer

 

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