Recent Events

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.  

In light of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events have moved online. Please RSVP to upcoming public events to watch live. You can view the recordings of past events on the event’s webpage or on YouTube.


Check back regularly for information about upcoming events.

Past Events

Why the Transition Isn’t Over: A Look at What’s Next For the Biden Administration

The Center and the University of Virginia’s Miller Center hosted a virtual event featuring former senior administration officials to examine the first 100 days of President Joe Biden’s administration and the ongoing presidential transition process. A bipartisan panel discussed major milestones in the transition to governing, how previous administrations approached the beginning of a new presidency, and how the Biden administration can accomplish key personnel, management and policy goals in the next 100 days. 

Presidential Transition in Times of Crisis

The Center co-sponsored a virtual event with UVA’s Miller Center and Citizens for a Strong Democracy on the importance of a peaceful and effective presidential transition to ensure America’s safety and security. Former Secretaries of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Janet Napolitano joined moderators William Antholis and the Center’s Dave Marchick to discuss the 2020 presidential transition.

Talking Transitions

The Center hosted a virtual event on presidential transitions in association with the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, the Clinton Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Obama Foundation and UVA’s Miller Center. This event focused on the importance of a safe and effective presidential transition to first-term and second-term administrations and featured expert perspectives on transition planning, managing transitions during crises and the complexities of shifting from campaigning to governing.

Ready to Serve

Our Ready to Serve webinar series is for aspiring political appointees potentially interested in serving in the current administration or a new administration. Hear from bipartisan experts who have guided appointees through the vetting process during multiple administrations.

Session One

This event summarized what aspiring political appointees should know about the vetting process, types of political appointments and an overview of required vetting forms. 

Session Two

This event covered what aspiring political appointees should expect from the security clearance process and background investigations. 

Session Three

This event outlined how aspiring political appointees should handle potential conflicts of interest and financial disclosure.