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Clinton-Kaine Transition Project
501(c)(4) formed Aug. 3, 2016...announced Aug. 16, 2016.

(page updated May 12, 2017

President  John Podesta

Secretary  Minyon Moore

Chair  Ken Salazar
former Interior Secretary

Tom Donilon - former National Security Advisor

Jennifer Granholm - former Michigan Governor

Neera Tanden - president of the Center for American Progress

Maggie Williams - director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University

Marc Morial - COO of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans [
added as a co-chair after the initial Aug. announcement]

Co-Executive Director  Ed Meier

(Aug. 2016)  Director of policy outreach on Hillary for America, July 2015-Aug. 2016.  COO at Big Thought, Sept. 2012-July 2015.  Senior advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State, Sept. 2009-Sept. 2012; deputy Iraq transition coordinator, March 2011-March 2012.  Engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, March 2007-Sept. 2009.  Attorney at Cozen O'Connor, 2004-07.  J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, 2004; M.Phil in modern Middle Eastern studies from University of Oxford, 2000; B.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University, 1998.

Co-Executive Director  Ann O'Leary

(Aug. 2016)  Senior policy advisor on Hillary for America, April 2015-Aug. 2016.  Co-founder of the Opportunity Institute.  Vice president and director of the children and families program at the Center for the Next Generation from Sept. 2011.  Deputy city attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, 2006-08.  Legislative director to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jan. 2001-July 2003.  Special Assistant to the President at the White House, 1999-2000.  J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, 2005; M.A. in education policy analysis from Stanford University, 1997; B.A. in critical social thought from Mount Holyoke College, 1993.

Deputy Executive Director  Mae Podesta

(Aug. 2016)  Senior director of corporate strategy at Optoro, Oct. 2015-Aug. 2016.  Engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, Sept. 2011-Sept. 2015.  Regional director for West and Central Africa (Aug. 2008-Aug. 2009) and country director for Liberia (Sept. 2004-Aug. 2008) at the Clinton Foundation.  Project analyst at ML Strategies, LLC, 2002-04.  M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, 2011; B.A. in economics and international relations from Wellesley College, 2002.

Director of Operations  Kimberly Panicek Trueblood

(Aug. 2016)  Deputy CFO and budget director on the campaign, April 2015-Aug. 2016.  Director of White House operations at the Obama White House, March 2013-March 2015.  Deputy director of operations and senior advisor to the Under Secretary (Feb. 2012-March 2013), budget and performance analyst, Office of the Assistant Secretary (July 2010-Feb. 2012) and financial analyst, CDFI (July 2009-July 2010) at the U.S. Department of Treasury.  Director of outreach for the King County region for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, Jan. 2005-Sept. 2007.  Staff sergeant in the Washington Air National Guard, Jan. 2001-June 2007.  M.P.A. from Institut d'Etudes politique de Paris, 2009; B.A. in political science from University of Washington, 2005.

Deputy Director of Operations  Alexandra Crabtree
(Sept. 2016)  White House liaison at USAID, Jan. 2015-Sept. 2016.  Deputy director of White House personnel and director of the White House internship program, July 2013-Jan. 2015, associate director of White House personnel, July 2012-July 2013.   Operations analyst at Public Consulting Group, Jan. 2009-July 2010.  Small business development volunteer with the PeaceCorps in Tonga, July 2006-Aug. 2008.   M.I.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, 2012; B.A. in management from Boston College, 2006.

Director of Agency Review  Carlos Monje
(Sept. 2016)  Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy (March 2015-Sept. 2016) and counselor to the Secretary (Feb. 2014-March 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) of the White House Domestic Policy Council.  National security working group on the 2008 transition.  Deputy policy director at Obama for America, March 2007-Nov. 2008.  Special assistant for policy and communications to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, Jan. 2005-Feb. 2007.  Legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, Jan.-Dec. 2005.  Press secretary on Erskine Bowles for U.S. Senate, March-Nov. 2004.  Deputy press secretary on John Edwards for President, Aug. 20003-March 2004. Deputy press secretary to 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 Harvard University, 2000.

Deputy Director of Agency Review  YJ Fischer
(Sept. 2016)  Platform author for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, May-Aug. 2016.  Coordinator for diplomatic engagement, Iran nuclear implementation (Sept. 2015-May 2016), acting chief of staff in the Office of the Counselor (Feb.2014-Aug. 2015) and Syria policy officer (July 2012-Feb. 2014 at the U.S. Department of State.  Corporate litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Oct. 2010-July 2012.  Various roles for the State of Ohio, June 2006-Aug. 2007.  Various roles for the Commonwealht of Virginia, June 2005-May 2006.  J.D. from Columbia Law School, 2010; undergraduate degree from Barnard College, 2004.

Deputy Director of Agency Review  Michael Robertson

(Oct. 2016)  Senior advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, March 2015-Oct. 2016.  Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Cabinet Secretary at The White House, May 2013-March 2015.  Chief of staff (May 2010-May 2013), associate administrator of governmentwide policy and chief acquisition officer (from Aug. 2009) and White House liaison (from early 2009) at the U.S. General Services Administration.  Deputy working group lead for the energy and environment agency review team on the Obama-Biden Transition Project.  Point person for securing endorsements and superdelegate support from House and Senate members on Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.  legislative coordinator and deputy to the chief counsel to then Sen. Barack Obama, 2007.  Worked on Obama's campaign for U.S. Senate in 2004.  Worked in venture capital in San Francisco.  LL.M. degree from Georgetown University’s Law Center, 2012; J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law, 2004; B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley, 1999.

Deputy Director of Agency Review  Sonia Chessen 

(Aug. 2016)  Senior director and chief of staff on the government performance division (2012-16), deputy director of the Pew Health Group (June 2009-Nov. 2012) and senior officer (June 2007-May 2009) at the Pew Charitable Trusts.  Executive director of the IES Board at the U.S. Department of Education, Aug. 2005-Dec. 2006.  Chief of staff in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation [ASPE] (2004-Aug. 2005) and senior policy analyst in the Children and Youth Policy Division, ASPE (Feb. 1998-Aug. 2005) at the U.S. Department of HHS.  Senior policy advisor on the White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth (Dec. 2002-Oct. 2003) and director of the White House Council on Youth Violence (March 2000-Jan. 2001) on the Domestic Policy Council at the White House.  Deputy director of the National Funding Collaborative on Violence Prevention, 1995-98.  Research associate at James Bell Associates, Inc. 1993-1995.  Director of social services at Demicco Youth Services, Inc., 1990-92.  Social worker for Family Care Services, Inc., 1988-89.  A.M. in social service administration from The University of Chicago, 1990; B.A. in political science from Wellesley College, 1984.

> a team of 350 staff and volunteers were conducting a top-to-bottom review of the entire Federal government.

Director of Appointments  Leah Daughtry

Most recently CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, from April 2015.  Principal at BCT Consulting Group, LLC; president and CEO of On These Things, LLC.   CEO of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee starting April 2007.  Chief of staff at the Democratic National Committee, May 2001-March 2009.  Served in several senior posts at the U.S. Department of Labor during the Clinton Administration, including Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Chief of Staff, and lastly, Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management.  Executive director of Man to Man/Sister to Sister.  Served on the Clinton-Gore 1992 Transition team.  Director of convention management for the 1992 Democratic National Convention.  Legislative assistant to Congressman Edolphus Towns.  In 1984 Daughtry ran Rev. Jesse L. Jackson's campaign in Hanover, NH.  Daughtry is Pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, DC since 2003, and ordained as an Elder in 2012.  A.B. degree from Dartmouth College, 1984, and M.T.S. from Wesley Theological Seminary, 2012.  Native of Brooklyn, NY.

Deputy Director of Appointments  Matt Butler

Most recently chief of staff at the Democratic National Convention Committee, from April 2015.  Principal at BCT Consulting Group, LLC; since May 2013.  CEO Jan. 2011-April 2013) and consultant-CFO/director of the Progressive Talent Initiative/chief of staff (Feb. 2009-Dec. 2010) at Media Matters for America. Principal/consultant at East Capitol Consulting LLC, 2008-11.  Deputy campaign manager on Chris Dodd for President, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2008.  Camapign manager on Maria Cantwell 2006, Jan.-Dec. 2006.  CFO at Friends of John Kerry, Dec. 2004-Dec. 2005.  Deputy campaign manager on Kerry-Edwards 2004, April-Dec. 2004.  CFO on John Kerry for President, April 2002-April 2004.  Associate attorney at Haight Brown & Bonesteel in Santa Monica, CA, Jan. 2001-April 2002.  Deputy to the national Coordinated Campaign director at the DNC May 1995-Dec. 1996.  J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law, 2000; B.A. in international relations from American University, 1994.

Director of Vetting  Ethan Gelber

Gelber served as a policy and research consultant to the campaign starting in April 2015.  Director of research/policy advisor (Sept. 2014-April 2015) and book project director/researcher (March 2013-Aug. 2014) in the Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Special assistant in the Office of the Counselor and chief of staff (Sept. 2012-Feb. 2013), special assistant in the Bureau of Energy Resources (Oct. 2011-Sept. 2012), deputy White House Liaison (Sept. 2010-Oct. 2011) and staff assistant in the Office of White House Liaison (Aug. 2009-Aug. 2010) at the U.S. Department of State.  State outreach associate/assistant to the executive director at the National Security Network, July 2008-July 2009.  National advance staff on Hillary Clinton for President, June 2007-June 2008.  M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University, 2012; B.A. in linguistics, history from Brown University, 2007.

Director of President-elect Support  Marisa McAuliffe

(Aug. 2016)  Director of operations services at Hillary for America, April 2015-Aug. 2016.  Director of operations in the Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Feb. 2013-April 2015.  Chief of staff for policy planning at the U.S. Department of State, Aug. 2009-Feb. 2013.  Member of the national advance team on Obama for America, Sept.-Nov. 2008.  Director of operations in the chief of staff's office at the Democratic National Convention Committee, Aug. 2007-Sept. 2008.  Volunteer for the United States Peace Corps, Sept. 2004-Dec. 2006.  Degree in political science and business from University of Florida, 2003.

Chief Economist  Heather Boushey

Executive director and chief economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.  Previously served as as an economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute.  A leading researcher on the issue of income inequality and author of "Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict" from Harvard University Press.

Senior Advisor for Women & Girls  Jen Klein

A deputy and Senior Advisor in the Office of Global Women's Issues in the Office of the Secretary of State, 2009-12.  Consultant to foundations and non-profit organizations for ten years.  An advisor to then-Sen. Clinton in her 2008 presidential campaign.  Dual appointment as domestic policy advisor to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and a staff member for the President on the Domestic Policy Council, Feb. 1993-Jan. 1999.  Associate at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett in New York.  J.D. from Columbia Law School; undergraduate degree from Brown University.

General Counsel  Heather Samuelson

Assistant counsel at the White House, March 2013-April 2014.  Senior advisor and White House liaison at the U.S. Department of State, Jan. 2009-March 2013.  Director of vetting, Counsel's Office (Sept. 2007-June 2008) and compliance (Jan.-Sept. 2007) on Hillary Clinton for President.  Deputy director of compliance at Friends of Hillary, Sept. 2002-Dec. 2006; assistant treasurer at HILLPAC, Sept. 2002-Dec. 2006.  J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law; B.A. in psychology from The George Washington University.

HFA Liaison to the Transition  Sara Latham

Chief of staff to HFA Chairman John Podesta.  Founded Latham Group in 2006.  Special Advisor to the U.K. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.  Public affairs director at Freud Communications and in 2005 worked for Tony Blair on his re-election campaign.  Managing director for Philip Gould Associates in London. Government affairs advisor for Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa.  Special Assistant to White House Chief of Staff John Podesta and Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Presidential Scheduling from 1996 to 2000. 


On Oct. 22, 2016 AP reported that Tim Kaine selected Wayne Turnage as his transition director:

Wayne Turnage

Director of the DC Department of Health Care Finance since Feb. 2011.  Chief of staff at Virginia Commonwealth University, Jan. 2010-Jan. 2011.  Chief of staff to Gov. Tim Kaine, Jan. 2006-Jan. 2010.  Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources in Gov. Warner's Cabinet, 2002-06.  Chief legislative analyst for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, Virginia General Assembly, 1985-2002.  Research assistant in the Governor's Employment and Training Department, July 1985-Nov. 1987.  Research associate at Westat, Jan. 1984-July 1985.  Research assistant at MDRC, June 1982-Jan. 1984.  M.P.A. from The Ohio State University, 1982; B.S. in social science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, 1980.

See also :

Sarah Wheaton, Andrew Restuccia and Nancy Cook.  "Clinton's transition team hits the gas pedal."  Politico, Oct. 21, 2016.

Sarah Wheaton and Andrew Restuccia.  "Clinton picks Democratic operative to scout talent for potential White House."  Politico, Sept. 29, 2016.