Press Advisory

ADVISORY: The Presidential Transition Process

Best Practices in Transitioning to a New Government

September 15, 2008, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Opening Remarks:

Michelle Jolin, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Moderated by:

Christine Varney, partner at Hogan & Hartson. Varney served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary from 1993-1994. She helped to organize the cabinet for the 1992 Clinton-Gore transition.

Featured Panelists and Discussants:

Clay Johnson, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Budget and Management. Johnson was Executive Director of the Bush-Cheney presidential transition in 2000.

Rudy deLeon, Senior Vice President at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Rudy was the Deputy Secretary of Defense in the Clinton Administration. Rudy also managed the Pentagon transitions in 1993 and 2001.

Maria Echaveste, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and co-founder of the Nueva Vista Group. Echaveste was Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant to President Clinton from 1998-2001. She was also deputy director of personnel during the Clinton-Gore transition in 1992.

Michael Waldman, Executive Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law. Waldman was Special Assistant to President Clinton for Policy Coordination and was the administration’s chief policy aide on political reform. He was also Deputy Communications Director for the Clinton-Gore transition in 1992.

Please join us for a panel on the presidential transition process. Panelists will talk about their first-hand experience in planning and executing presidential transitions and the lessons they have learned. They will identify "best practices" and key priorities in planning for an effective presidential transition. They will discuss the most important issues to focus on, what mistakes to avoid, how to prepare for a good relationship with Congress, how to address the challenge of processing appointments, and other key issues.

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.


Center for American Progress Action Fund

1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005

Map & Directions

Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center

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