About the Center



The Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition is the nation’s premier nonpartisan source of information and resources designed to help presidential candidates and their teams lay the groundwork for a new administration or for a president’s second term.

The Center provides critical assistance on how to organize and execute a transition; helps agency career executives prepare for new political leadership; offers guidance to political appointees on the unique aspects of government leadership; and engages with Congress to promote transition reforms. In addition, the Center offers insights to help incumbent presidents prepare for a second term and advice on the steps needed for a smooth transfer of power in the event that a new president is elected.

About the Partnership for Public Service

The federal government is our nation’s most important democratic institution for collective action. It is through the federal government that we, as a nation, confront our most pressing problems, from national security to food safety to global competitiveness. We need our government to be effective, efficient and responsive to the evolving needs of the American people.

The Partnership for Public Service is the only nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving a more effective and innovative government for our country. Not bigger or smaller government, just smarter. We do so by focusing our efforts on improving the leadership capacity of our federal agencies and the systems that support them.

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The Center focuses on several significant issues

Assists presidential candidates, the incumbent administration and agencies with planning

Our comprehensive Presidential Transition Guide serves as a roadmap for transition planning while our Agency Transition Guide helps career officials prepare critical information for incoming senior leaders. We have assembled a library of past transition documents and offer a series of nonpartisan conferences and roundtable discussions for candidates and their transition teams.

Prepares presidential appointees
to succeed

Our Ready to Govern® program accelerates the ability of political appointees to lead by deepening their understanding of the unique aspects of managing in the federal government. We provide content and planning tools to help appointees get ready for the rigorous background checks, ethics evaluations and the Senate confirmation process.

Advocates for reforms and draws
attention to transition issues 

We work with Congress to promote transition reforms and streamline the appointments process. In collaboration with The Washington Post, our online Political Appointee Tracker provides real-time data on the status of political appointments, holding the administration and the Senate accountable for timely action.

Identifies and promotes sound management practices for a more effective government

We provide expertise on the government’s talent and operational challenges, and bring together diverse perspectives to sustain momentum and institutional knowledge on federal management issues.


Our advisory board members—Democrats and Republicans—have been involved in planning, executing and closely observing presidential transitions. They volunteer their expertise to support early and effective transition planning for second-term and new administrations.

Josh Bolten

Former Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush

Edward “Ted” Kaufman

Former United States Senator
Former Chair of the Biden-Harris Transition

Michael Leavitt

Former Governor of Utah
Former Chair of the Romney Readiness Project

Thomas “Mack” McLarty

Former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton

Penny Pritzker

Former Secretary of the Department of Commerce