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STPF Alumni Answer Call to Serve on the Presidential Transition Team


Seven alumni of the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program were named to President-elect Joe Biden's transition team. During the transition sprint between Election Day and Inauguration Day, this team is tasked with critical work including building a policy agenda, and gathering information on federal agency activity. 

Members of the agency review teams (ARTs) that comprise the overall transition team are professionals with deep experience and expertise in policy areas across the federal government. Announced on November 10, these teams were months in the making and most serve in a volunteer capacity. They meet with former agency officials, think tanks, labor groups, and other NGOs.

S&T Policy Fellowships alumni fellows who serve on an ART and the ART area of focus:

     Department of Agriculture

  • Nicholas Anthis, 2014 -16 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Agency for International Development

     Department of State  

  • Elizabeth Cameron, 2000-2001 Congressional Fellow, Office of Senator Edward Kennedy, 2003-2004 Executive Branch Fellow, Office of Proliferation Threat Reduction 
  • Frances Colón, 2006-08 Executive Branch Fellow, Department of State              

     Department of Transportation

  • Austin Brown, 2008-2010 Executive Branch Fellow, Department of Transportation

     White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Andrew Hebbeler, 2008-10 Executive Branch Fellow, Department of State
  • Mahlet Mesfin, 2012-14 Executive Branch Fellow, Department of Defense
  • Dave Reidmiller, 2010-12 Executive Branch Fellow, Department of State

Items on the agenda for all ARTs during the transition include:

  • Staff the White House and the Executive Office of the President.
  • Determine a policy platform including executive actions and a budget proposal.
  • Line up 4,000+ presidential appointments and organize leadership for all the federal agencies.
  • Build a system to communicate with the public, government employees, the media, and other stakeholders.

Visit the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition® to learn more about presidential transitions.

Correction: This story was corrected on 12/2/20 to include two fellows: Austin Brown and Elizabeth Cameron. We apologize for the oversight.


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