Advisory Board

Our six advisory board members—Democrats and Republicans—have been involved in planning, executing and closely observing presidential transitions volunteer to bring their experience to our mission.

Josh Bolten
Former Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush

Clay Johnson
Former Executive Director, Bush-Cheney Presidential Transition

Ted Kaufman
Former Senator
Advisor, Obama-Biden Transition Project

Michael Leavitt
Former Governor of Utah
Former Chairman, Romney Readiness Project

Thomas “Mack” McLarty
Former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton

Donna Shalala
Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Our dedicated staff works extensively on the issue of presidential transition with the support of many other teams from across the Partnership. This team of Partnership employees works each day to achieve the strategic and programmatic goals of the center.

Shannon Carroll
Manager, Stakeholder Engagement

Shannon Carroll joined the Partnership in 2010 and has held various operations role. She is currently managing stakeholder engagement for the Center for Presidential Transition.

Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Shannon served as Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher’s Congressional Assistant in her district office in Walnut Creek, CA, where she worked with federal agencies to tackle constituents’ casework issues and planned community outreach events. Previously, Shannon interned in both Congressman Honda’s Washington, DC and Campbell, CA offices.

Shannon is native of San Jose, California. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jennifer Close
Senior Manager

Jennifer manages a portfolio of programs and events designed to help federal agencies recruit and hire the talent needed to fulfill their missions, as well as coordinates the Partnership’s efforts to prepare new political appointees to effectively lead their agencies. She has experience designing and implementing strategic initiatives, overseeing projects and teams, and building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

Jennifer earned her B.A. in International Studies with honors from Boston College. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

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Dan Hyman
Associate Manager

Dan joined the Partnership in January 2016 as an Associate Manager in Government Affairs. He supports the organization’s Center for Presidential Transition to assist presidential candidates in navigating the transition process, promote presidential transition reforms, develop management recommendations for the next administration and train political appointees to lead effectively.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Dan advised clients in the Public Policy and Regulatory practice of Dentons US LLP. He graduated from American University with a B.A. in International Affairs and a minor in Chinese.

Courtney Liss
Associate Manager

Courtney joined the Partnership in December 2015 as a communications and events associate working on the Center for Presidential Transition. In that role and in her next role as an associate manager on Communications, Courtney supported the communications goals of the Ready to Govern program and lead event preparation and management, media outreach and social media strategy around the transition.

In July 2017, Courtney became an associate manager on the Government Affairs team where she coordinates Hill outreach, oversees the communications work around the organization’s legislative priorities and works with our external partners on a variety of projects.

Courtney graduated cum laude from Tulane University with majors in Political Science and History. She previously worked for Congressman Alan Lowenthal, State Senator Karen Carter Peterson and McBee Strategic Consulting (now Signal Group). 

Amanda Patarino
Associate Manager

Amanda joined the Partnership as a Research Associate in May 2016. She works on the Partnership’s research around presidential transition, including running the Washington Post appointments tracker and managing the historical appointments data.

Amanda graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University with a B.A. in Government and International Politics and minors in Spanish and Data Analysis. Prior to joining the Partnership, Amanda worked in campaign politics and as a research assistant.

Laura Pietrantoni
Associate Manager

Laura is an Associate with the Partnership’s Center for Presidential Transition. She works to improve the appointments process so that more of the president-elect’s team is in place and ready to serve on day one.

Laura graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University, where she concentrated on issues of election, representation, and governance.

Colleen Rasa
Associate Manager

Colleen joined the Partnership as an Associate on the Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships team in January 2016. In this role, she supports a number of programs that work to prepare leaders at multiple levels in government to succeed, including the Ready to Govern Initiative and Emerging HR Leaders Forum.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Colleen worked at Atlantic Media for the publication Government Executive. At Government Executive, she served as the Digital Events Coordinator and managed all of the organization’s online events. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Journalism. 

Chantelle Renn
Special Advisor, Transition and Management

Chantelle joined the Partnership in July 2016 and leads the development of transition-related policy and strategy for the Center for Presidential Transition.

Chantelle has held a number of senior leadership and executive roles in Australia’s Public Service in the state of Victoria, leading teams to develop public policy and strategic advice to government across a broad range of portfolios including education, human services, intergovernmental relations, governance, industrial relations, and government transitions and election support. Prior to joining the Partnership, Chantelle served as the Director of the Cabinet Office (Victoria) where she lead the design, implementation and reform of complex systems and processes to support executive government decision making (Cabinet, legislation and Executive Council).

Chantelle studied political science at the University of Sydney and recently completed her Executive Certificate in Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University.

Kristine Simmons
Vice President, Government Affairs

As the head of the Government Affairs team, Kristine leads the Partnership’s education and advocacy work on Capitol Hill, oversees the Center for Presidential Transition and serves as a member of the Partnership’s senior leadership team. Her responsibilities include developing and executing strategies to improve presidential transitions and reform the civil service system. 

Prior to joining the Partnership, Kristine spent 11 years working in a senior capacity for House and Senate committees and served as a special assistant to President George W. Bush on the White House Domestic Policy Council. She graduated cum laude from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Professional and Technical Communication.

Tina Sung
Vice President, Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships

Tina Sung brings to the Partnership years of multi-sector executive leadership experience and a track record of innovation and accomplishment in every phase of her professional career. Prior to joining the Partnership, Tina founded and served as President of Synergy Works LLC, which provides strategy and performance improvement consulting services to the federal government, state and local governments, NGOs, and Fortune 500 companies. She also founded a second company, Experience Matters:  the Executive Transition Experts, helping senior executives facing reorganization, a new job, or retirement to make a smooth transition to the next stage of their lives.

Tina graduated cum laude from Princeton University. She later completed Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Managers and the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership and Management Program. She was also a participant in the President’s Executive Exchange Program sponsored by the White House.

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Brittney Vevaina

Brittney joined the Partnership in April 2014. She supports the Ready to Govern program by preparing and onboarding political appointees and senior executives to succeed in government. She began her tenure at the Partnership as a Research Fellow before transitioning to the Center for Government Leadership team, where she managed a component for the Excellence in Government Fellows program.

Brittney graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to joining the Partnership, she served as a fellow for the United Nations Information Center.

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