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. Truth Hurts

    It is sad to see all the little people hanging on with this odd idea that Obama knows or cares about you and your problems.

    He cares about his big ego and when is his next smoke break.

    November 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Julian

    Congratulations!

    Europe Welcomes President elect Barack Obama!

    November 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Balachandar

    USA back to arena.

    With OBAMA, let USA and World attains peace, health and wealth.

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

    The World is look for the US to lead and we chose the right man for the job. He is ready, his team is in place. Let's fix the ecomony then the world!

    O 2012

    November 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. TESAP;SAVANNAH, GA

    whoa some bad feelings on here...........oh well the next President of THESE UNITED STATES IS BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.....LIVE WITH IT GET OVER IT..............AMERICA HAS SPOKEN.......

    SOME IGNORANCE ON THIS BOARD.....WOW.......... THE BETTER CANDIDATE WON...............

    THOSE WHO WNAT TO STAY ON NOV 3RD FEEL FREE... EVERYONE IS FIRED UP AND READY TO GO................

    YES WE DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    POST THIS

    November 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. John

    OK, Mr. president elect.....you talk the talk.....lets see how good you walk the walk.........

    November 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Martha

    It is my sincerest wish that our newly elected President and his team will reach across the aisle to other political parties and even the independents, such as myself. Non-partisanship is the path to peace and prosperity.

    November 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Jennifer

    Bitter Republicans just need to get over themselves...

    November 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Salt

    I swear the people that post on here are so disrespectful. Whether you like it or not, this man is our president and rather than being divided as a nation, I think it would be a nice change if we all tried to find some common ground and get this country out of the toilet.

    I was hugely opposed to GW Bush, but you know what? When he won, I just said oh well and let him go about his work. The hatred of some of you is appalling and disturbing.

    If you don't like it MOVE OUT OF THE COUNTRY and let those of us that want America the best country it can be once again get to work.

    November 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Obama is like superman

    Moving in the right direction, real quick. Wow!

    November 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. happy days ahead

    i'm so proud for america, great start mr. president and mr. vice president.i agree

    November 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. sneaky pete

    hey Day 1 you moron

    it would have gone down regardless of who won- thats kind of how our economy has been for ohthe last 2 months. did you not notice that within hours of him being elected Australia and Japans markets had a 2% increase and Chinas a 6% increase?

    November 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Helen

    Nathan, It would be wonderful if at least one Republican would appear to have some sense. Barack Obama would like to have this country come together as he said in his speech last night. I guess you are just a sore loser!!!

    November 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Gambi

    God Bless and God Speed...........may all Americans commit to offer help. sacrifice and support as we enter this transitional time and embark on the road that will lead us in the right direction.

    November 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Bea

    Day 1..stock market has been in limbo way before Obama...stop blaming Obama for Bush's mess....

    November 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. BeefyDaddy

    Congratulations Barack, and congratulations America!

    Bitter righties, you might want to wait until he is actually sworn in before you start blaming all of the world's problems on him.

    The "real" America has spoken.

    November 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Georgia vote

    Truth Hurts should follow his own advice and realize how his statements are ignorant and untrue.

    November 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Daniel

    To all of you Neo-Cons and Obama haters, like NIKI, JP, Nathan, and 3Strikes. You, and your antiquated and hateful opinions, are no longer relevant. This country is moving on without you. Have a nice day.

    November 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. jason

    "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"

    wait a minute ... when did bush become a democrat??

    November 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. ObamaVoter

    Nathan-get it right! Its Barack Obama...he is our President now. If you don't like it, you can go hide with Cheney and Bush somewhere in a hole or better yet why don't you go advise Barack if you think you know it all. You must of been deaf if you havent heard any of the speeches President Barack Obama has been saying and what he will be doing for the people and our country. Look at how many states he won. Its not a Black or White thing, it sounds like you have a personal problem.

    November 5, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Patty

    Are you people kidding me with your snide remarks – "put the kool-aid down" ?? There is no more kool-aid (unless you go over to FOX – I am sure they have some left). And African-Americans have a right to rejoice, I am rejoicing and I'm as white as snow. After eight years we are about to have an intellectual in the white house again, I am sure our founding fathers are smiling from above.

    November 5, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. JCummins

    The press... do their job??? You have to be kidding! Honest journalism is DEAD!

    The spin only goes one way... Trust me.. the folks on this list are all wonderful... Bet on it!

    Jim Messina... did he once sing with Kenny Loggins!?! LOL...

    November 5, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. ljones

    To this story first: This is great to see someone up and ready for the job. Already clearly showing us, that ground work has been laid before he even got the win! Thanks Obama for getting the work started already. Now to NIKI: It is absolutely, disgusting for you to first make a comment about African Americans and their work ethic. As an African American who has a college degree and works hard everyday I take great offense. I am third generation of college educated African-Americans who have served this country and have worked everyday without a single handout from the government. So, to be hateful because you feel like you can't enjoy this day of triumph over a history that's been rough and difficult for another group of fellow Americans shows how pathetic and rude you really are. To try and take away the joy and pride that Americans and African-Americans want to share with one another is completely and totally unAmerican. Niki, you should be ashamed of yourself!

    November 5, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Truth Hurts

    How weak mentally is Obama when all sorts of people in his family die from cancer yet he continues to smoke.

    The First Chimney is coming to the White House!!!!

    After he leaves in 4 years it will be the "Previously Known as the White House But Needs a Paint Job Cause of the Smoke Damage House."

    Way to set a good example Mr Pres

    November 5, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Bisi

    We're fired up and ready to go.

    Let's fix washington.

    Obama '08

    November 5, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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