Executive Office of the President Team Lead


Sally Katzen is a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project’s Agency Review Working Group responsible for overseeing review of the Executive Office of the President.

National Security Council Review Team Leads

Antony Blinken was the Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Under the Clinton Administration, Blinken served on the staff of the National Security Council, including as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for Speechwriting, Senior Director for Strategic Planning, and Senior Director for Europe. Blinken is the author of numerous articles on foreign policy and the book, Ally Versus Ally: America, Europe and the Siberian Pipeline Crisis.

Ivo Daalder is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in American foreign policy and national security issues. He served on President Clinton’s National Security Council Staff and was an informal adviser on foreign policy to the presidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama. Daalder is the author of numerous books, including (with James Lindsey) of the award-winning America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Polity (2003/05) and (with Mac Destler) of In the Shadow of the Oval Office: Portraits of National Security Advisers and the Presidents they Served – From JFK to George W. Bush (2009).

Mara Eve Rudman serves as a senior fellow at Center for American Progress, where she advises Middle East Programs and works on national security policy. She is also president of Quorum Strategies L.L.C., an international strategic consulting firm. Previously, she was a deputy national security advisor to President Clinton, and chief of staff for the National Security Council. Earlier in her career, she was chief counsel to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, under Chairman Lee Hamilton. Rudman also serves on the board of the Middle East Investment Initiative and is a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Council of Economic Advisors Team Leads

Audrey Choi leads Morgan Stanley’s Microfinance initiative, helping provide access to capital to micro-entrepreneurs. She is also Global Head of Leadership Development at the Firm, spearheading the development of outstanding female leaders at the firm. Audrey served in the Clinton-Gore Administration from 1996-2001 as Chief of Staff of the Council of Economic Adviser, policy advisor in the Office of the Vice President, Director of Strategic Policy at the Commerce Department (NTIA), and White House Fellow at the FCC. Prior to her government service, Audrey was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal.

Michele Jolin is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where she is developing ideas and tools for government investment in the work of social entrepreneurs, faith-based organizations and other non-profits. She is co-Editor of the book Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President, which was released on November 12, 2008. Previously Ms. Jolin served as Policy Director for Elizabeth Edwards during the 2004 Kerry/Edwards presidential campaign and as a Vice President at Ashoka, a global foundation that invests in leading social entrepreneurs. Jolin served as Chief of Staff for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors and worked for Senator Boxer on the Senate Banking Committee. She was also an Associate at the law firm Patton, Boggs and Blow, where she focused on international trade law.

Council on Environmental Quality Team Leads

George Frampton is a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. During the Clinton Administration he served as Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality and before that as Assistant Secretary of the Interior. Previous positions include President of the Wilderness Society, partner at Rogovin, Huge and Lenzner, Deputy Director of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Investigation of Three Mile Island Accident, and Special Counsel to the State of Alaska. Before that, Frampton was an Assistant Special Prosecutor for Watergate Special Prosecution Force, a Law Clerk for Justice Harry A. Blackmun and a VISTA lawyer in NYC.

Thomas Soto is a co-founder of Craton Equity Partners, one of southern California’s largest clean technology investment funds and a leading voice in promoting sound environmental and energy policy in response to climate change. Tom was for seven years vice chair of the California State Board of Corrections appointed by former Governor Gray Davis as well as one of his appointees to the State Coastal Commission as an alternate. Tom was also President Clinton’s, and Secretary of State Christopher and then Albright’s appointee to the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission, which was the NAFTA related commission to assure environmental sustainability was made priority in the implementation of the NAFTA. Tom is an active member of the New America Alliance, the country’s leading Latino business group seeking to promote diversity in finance, and is the long time board secretary of the Mono Lake Committee in California.

White House Office Review Team Leads

Al Lenhardt retired from the U.S. Army in August 1997 as a Major General with more than 30 years of service in leadership and management positions. His last position with the Army was Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command. In 2001, he was appointed the 36th Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate and became the first African American to serve as an officer of the Congress. Mr. Lenhardt has served in several senior executive positions including the National Crime Prevention Council, and the Council of Foundations.

Todd Stern is a partner in WilmerHale’s Regulatory and Government Affairs and Litigation and Controversy Departments, Vice Chair of the Public Policy and Strategy Group, and a member of the Defense and National Security, and Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice Groups. His practice focuses on public policy advice, congressional investigations, strategic counseling, crisis management and anti-money laundering. After leaving the government, Stern was an Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government on the relationship between Congress and the Executive Branch, and a Resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Stern is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Office of Administration Review Team Lead

Mark Lindsay currently works with the Livingston Group. Previously he served President Clinton as Assistant to the President for the Office of Management and Administration and as the operational lead for the White House’s 2001 transition. Before working with the White House, Lindsay served as senior legislative aid and counsel to Congressman Louis Stokes (D-OH). Lindsay has held a number of senior positions with United Health Group, one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, including President of the AARP Pharmacy Services Division and Vice President of Public Communications and Strategy.

Brad Kiley is currently on leave of absence from the Center for American Progress where he served as Vice President of Finance and Operations. He previously served as deputy assistant to the president for management and administration at the White House under President William J. Clinton. There he was responsible for all aspects of White House operations, including the travel office, the visitor’s office, and White House administration, which included finance, human resources, facilities, and library services. Among his many earlier roles with the Democratic National Committee, Kiley served as director of finance and administration for the 1996 Democratic National Convention. He has also held in leadership positions at NARAL and the International AIDS Trust.

Office of Management and Budget Review Team Leads

Barbara Chow is Director of the Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program and former policy director for the Budget Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Barbara served in both terms of the Clinton administration. Chow worked in the Office of Management and Budget, where she was associate director for education, income maintenance, and labor, as well as deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council. Prior to that, she was a special assistant to the president for legislative affairs, in which capacity she was White House liaison to Congress on economic, budget, and appropriation matters. Earlier in her career, she worked as a member of the staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, as staff member of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, and as a manager of federal budget policy at Price Waterhouse.

Bowman Cutter has been managing director of Warburg Pincus since 1996. He currently serves as chairman of CARE and chairman of MicroVest, and is a member of the board for the Committee for Economic Development, The Atlantic Council, and Resources for the Future. Cutter served on the National Economic Council, from 1993 to 1996 and at the Office of Management and Budget from 1976 to 1981. From 1981 to 1993, he was vice chairman and managing partner at Coopers & Lybrand.

ONDCP Review Team Leads

Christopher Putala is a consultant in Washington, D.C. He served as senior staff on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Chairman Joseph R. Biden, Jr. from 1989 to 1998. Putala served as Executive Vice President for Public Policy at EarthLink, an Internet service provider, from 2005 to 2007 and as Vice President for Congressional Relations at CTIA, the wireless trade association.

Donald Vareen is the Director of Community Based Public Health (CBPH) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. CBPH develops and utilizes the power of equal partnerships between community-based organizations, academic institutions, and health agencies to address health issues in communities. At NIH, he developed new research strategies to address drug abuse, addiction, mental illness, and violence by establishing extra- and intergovernmental collaborations including with the District of Columbia. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Vereen served as Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House. In addition to oversight of new methadone treatment regulations and drug prevention initiatives, he represented the U.S. in international demand reduction activities including the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA). He returned to NIH to help develop translational and clinical research efforts to address health disparities and the transfer of research findings to practitioners and the public.

Office of Science and Technology Policy Review Team Leads

Thomas Kalil is Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of “Big Ideas @ Berkeley.” He also serves as the Chair of the Global Health Working Group of the Clinton Global Initiative and is a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress. Previously, Kalil served as the Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Technology and Economic Policy, and the Deputy Director of the White House National Economic Council.

Mario Molina is a Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and was formerly an Institute Professor at MIT. He served on the President's Committee of Advisors in Science and Technology (1994-2000), and on many other advisory boards. Molina has received more than 20 honorary degrees and numerous awards for his scientific work including the Tyler Prize in 1983, the UNEP-Sasakawa Award in 1999, and the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in elucidating the threat to the Earth's ozone layer of chlorofluorocarbon gases.

United States Trade Representative Review Team Lead

Anna Gomez is the Vice President of Government Affairs for Sprint Nextel Corporation. She previously held several positions at the FCC including Deputy Chief at the International Bureau, Senior Legal Advisor to Chairman William Kennard, Chief of the Network Services Division, Federal Staff Chair of the Universal Service Joint Board, Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau, and Attorney Advisor, to the Consumer Protection Division of the Cable Services Bureau. Gomez served briefly as Counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee Telecommunications Subcommittee before moving to the White House as Deputy Chief of Staff to the National Economic Council. She also was an associate at Arnold & Porter.

Peter Cowhey is Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Cowhey is an expert on international trade and regulatory issues. His newest book examines the transformation of global information and communications markets. He served as the Chief of the FCC’s International Bureau and was part of the team that successfully negotiated the WTO’s Agreement on Basic Telecommunications Services. His memberships include the Council on Foreign Relations, the California Council on Science and Technology, and the board of the Grameen Foundation.

White House Fellows Program Review Team Lead

Rick Stamberger is president and CEO of SmartBrief, Inc., a leading online news publisher. He is chairman of the board of directors of the Van Eck Funds, and is an independent trustee of the Van Eck Market Vectors ETF Trust. He has been an active board member of numerous nonprofit organizations and was the executive producer of John Gardner, Uncommon American, a documentary for public television. He served as a White House Fellow in 1984-85, and a Coro Foundation Fellow in 1981-82.

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