Valerie Smith Boyd

November 26, 2022

Valerie Smith Boyd leads the Partnership’s efforts to support successful transition planning for current and future Presidential administrations. She has had a long public service career, having served in the past three administrations in both career and political roles. Valerie was part of the small team that stood up Department of Homeland Security headquarters in...

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Carlos Galina

November 26, 2022

Carlos Galina conducts research for the Partnership’s Center for Presidential Transition, including projects focused on nominations and appointments. His passion for public service is inspired by his academic background in American Politics and the bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States. Carlos’ favorite public servant is Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay cabinet secretary.

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Nola Tolsma

November 26, 2022

Nola Tolsma leads the delivery of Ready to Govern, an onboarding program for new political appointees who join the presidential administration. The Ready to Govern courses ensure that appointees are prepared to govern from the start of a term and strengthen overall leadership capability within the federal government. Nola is inspired by Frances Perkins, the...

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Umair Kapadia

November 26, 2022

Umair Kapadia manages programs that work closely with executives in the federal government to help improve cross-agency communication and collaboration. During his time at The George Washington University, he worked with university administration, executives, and student leaders to create and implement unique experiences for the student body at large. This opportunity ignited his passion for...

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Emma Jones

November 26, 2022

Emma Jones provides communications and media relations support for the Center for Presidential Transition. Her appreciation for public service began in college when she interned for the Department of Education. Emma’s interest in nonprofit communications grew from internships at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. Her favorite...

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James-Christian Blockwood

November 26, 2022

James-Christian Blockwood helps with overall strategy and management of the organization, and directly oversees its programs dedicated to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal government. He is passionate about serving others and his country. He is a former career member of the Senior Executive Service in the US Government, and has broad experience...

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Carter Hirschhorn

November 26, 2022

Carter Hirschhorn provides research for key presidential transition audiences, supports the Center’s Agency Transition Roundtables and Transition Lab podcast series and develops the Center’s weekly newsletter. Carter grew passionate about nonprofit work and criminal justice reform while interning at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES). He later worked for Senator Schumer in...

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Ann Orr

November 26, 2022

Ann Orr serves as the acting director of the Center for Presidential Transition. Ms. Orr served as chief of staff at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, a government corporation that protects retirement security and the retirement income of over 35 million American workers, retirees and their families in private-sector defined benefit pension plans, in the...

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Dan G. Blair

November 26, 2022

The Honorable Dan G. Blair joined the Center for Presidential Transition as senior counselor in February 2020, where he serves as a subject-matter expert on political appointments and process reforms. Previously, Blair served as president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration and has held two presidential appointments requiring Senate confirmation as deputy...

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Christina Condreay

November 26, 2022

Christina Condreay conducts research for the Partnership’s Center for Presidential Transition and maintains the presidential nomination tracker. Christina’s background in journalism and experience working with service members and law enforcement officials inspired her passion for public service. She is excited to apply the insights gained from interdisciplinary social science research to problems facing the federal...

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