November 5th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama transition team announced

Barack Obama and Joe Biden announced their transition team Wednesday.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden announced their transition team Wednesday.

(CNN) - Barack Obama and Joe Biden formally announced their transition team Wednesday, and named former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta, longtime Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, and Pete Rouse, Obama's Senate chief of staff, to oversee the operation.

Full announcement after the jump

Chicago – For the past several months, a board of advisors has been informally planning for a possible presidential transition. Among the many projects undertaken by the transition board have been detailed analyses of previous transition efforts, policy statements made during the campaign, and the workings of federal government agencies, and priority positions that must be filled by the incoming administration.

With Barack Obama and Joe Biden's election, this planning process will be now be formally organized as the Obama-Biden Transition Project, a 501(c)(4) organization to ensure a smooth transition from one administration to the next. The work of this entity will be overseen by three co-chairs: John Podesta, Valerie Jarrett, and Pete Rouse.

The co-chairs will be assisted by an advisory board comprised of individuals with significant private and public sector experience: 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. Gitenstein and Kaufman will serve as co-chairs of Vice President-elect Biden's transition team.

Supervising the day-to-day activities of the transition will be:

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


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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Jules

    Good for him, he's not wasting any time!

    Hopefully everything will go smooth for our new President!

    November 5, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. S. Holt

    Congratulations to you and us. I know you are ready. Peace and love

    November 5, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    A good start...tell us more.

    November 5, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Deb in San Antonio, TX

    I hope he reaches across the line and gets involved with
    the Republican side, otherwise, it will be just another typical
    politician whose intentions were never really to unite.

    November 5, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. tomagoose

    President elect Barack Obama, doing his things despite grieving for his grandmother. He will put together a great transition team just like he put together a great campaign team. And they will be just as successful. He will look at people, not their party affiliations and their qualifications for the job. Another great step! Get a big win under your belt the first YEAR!

    November 5, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Alex

    Cool! And a new play begins. Curtains are up and the lights are focused on the main actor.

    P.S. I love the hologram thingy. I love Star trek and it was awesome to watch it. The political panel last nights looks like the main deck. Who is Zulu, first lt. commander or Captain Kirk?? I think Captain Kirk is in the situation room. Another reason to watch and love CNN. Congratulations.

    November 5, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Musicpromo Glandale Ca

    Fired up and ready to go... We are all behind you Mr President.

    Now go get them!

    Fh & Family.

    November 5, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Day 1

    Did you all enjoy the Obama stock market rally?

    It was only down 500 points to celebrate his election and tax and spending programs to come.

    Best close out your 401k's and IRA's now before they go to zero.

    Bad choice America.

    November 5, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Pua, HI

    Congratulations to our President-elect Obama and Vicepresident-elect Biden! And already getting to work... wonderful! I have a feeling this will be a smooth transition. "Peace & Prosperity" for all!

    November 5, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Make us proud, it's about time for SOMEONE in Washington that does!

    A very good day for america. To have narrowly avoided certain demise if we had chosen the turn coat and the secessionist.

    Obama, a true american hero that hasn't abandoned his wife and/or country ever in his life!

    November 5, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. JP

    Don't forget to add:
    Karl Marx – Central Economic Planner, and general all-around "best idea" guy

    November 5, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Matt

    I just hope the press decides to at least do their job and actually inform us about who these people are and what they have done or will do for us so we at least know the type of people Barack will be surrounding himself with. Wether you voted for him or not he does have a shakey record with the people he calls friends.

    Put down the Kool Aid and Time to do your jobs "journalists".

    November 5, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. NIKI

    Not related subject
    African American need to STOP SAYING THEY ARE PROUD TO BE AFRICAN AMERICAN THEY NEEDTO GET TO WORK
    REWARD JUST DOES NOT HAPPEN
    YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR IT!!!

    November 5, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. nathan

    It sickens me to see hussain obama as president. this election was all about race ,not about what he is going to do for the country. His speach he gave was all about race and blacks.In my eyes it was a text book M.L.K SPEECH WHAT ABOUT THE COUNTRY. Nothing was said about the country and what he is really going to do. but how far blacks have come in the 80 or so years people. enough abiut his color enough Lets see what he is really about

    November 5, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. ?

    impressive

    November 5, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. 3strikes

    democrats – viciously tore at each others til the end, then burned the bridge between them and the repubs, forever leaving an unseen division between the people of america, lets all cheer for – team divide america, led by the power craved democrats

    November 5, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Gloria

    Wow...Now that's what I call:ORGANIZATION!
    Bully to all of you..
    Thanks for the start of hopefullly more fond memories..

    Blessings,
    ~Gloria in Seal Beach
    Taking it all in~ Congratulations!

    November 5, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. silas

    Good news, lets get the job going right now

    November 5, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. SKI

    GOBAMA ! Congratulations to our President 'Elect' Obama and his historic win in the Election 2008 !!

    November 5, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Thoughtful Choices

    Strategic & Intellectual content in governance is the way to go – how refreshing!

    November 5, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. MarioB. for OBAMA/BIDEN

    Hey everybody,
    I'm a German and Iam so proud of the USA. Last night you showed the Republicans that this election was all about the issues, not character.
    And you showed the world that there's no hidden racism. The election of Barack Obama was the right step, to get your country back on track.
    Let's pray together for Barack, his family, his grandma and hope, that the next 4 years of an Obama administration will heal many wounds. I'm proud of all of you that voted for him, and when he became president at 11 p.m. ET I cried some tears of joy.
    Thank you America, thank you for making a dream become reality!

    God bless you

    November 5, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. sneaky pete

    Will people PLEASE stop saying race is why Obama won? Look, I know he got 95% of the black vote but for heavens sake Bill Clinton got 90% of it and I'm sure Gore/Kerry were not that far off. Blacks have always had extremely lopsided democratic numbers- just even more so this year, but honestly can you blame them?

    Also, blacks make up what 15% of our population? So getting 95% of their vote, although pushing him over the top, is not why he won. Obama got 62 Million votes. 62!!! he got way more white votes than black and I don't think white people voted for him because they wanted a black president.

    November 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. s.howard

    That's what I like Mr. President. You are not wasting any time. I will continue to pray for you and your success daily and I will continue to pray for your family as well.

    November 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Mike

    I just hope the press decides to at least do their job and actually inform us about who these people are and what they have done or will do for us so we at least know the type of people Barack will be surrounding himself with.

    --------------------
    This is the transition team, not the cabinet. Calm down little buddy.

    November 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Frank

    If they are as smart as I hope and believe they are, they will tell Obama that he needs Republicans at State and Defense.

    After eight years of Bush, our foreign and defense policy need to be de-politicized generally.

    Moreover, there needs to be a political firewall between the new President and those members of the radical right who would undermine the country in order to bring him down.

    November 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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