The Presidential Transition Act was adopted by Congress in 1963 to provide an important statutory framework for the peaceful transfer of power. Join us Friday, November 13, at 12:00 p.m. EST for a discussion with former secretaries of homeland security and transition experts on the importance of a peaceful and effective presidential transition to ensure America’s safety and security.
Secretary Michael Chertoff, who served under President George W. Bush, oversaw the transition of the department to Secretary Janet Napolitano, who served under President Barack Obama. They are among four former homeland security secretaries who came together to create the nonpartisan Citizens for a Strong Democracy to focus on election integrity and to support a secure presidential transition.
The discussion is moderated by William Antholis, director of the nonpartisan Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and David Marchick, director of the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition at the Partnership for Public Service.
This event is co-sponsored by the Miller Center, the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition, and Citizens for a Strong Democracy.
William Antholis serves as director and CEO of the Miller Center. Immediately prior, he was managing director at The Brookings Institution, and from 1995 to 1999 he served in government. At the White House, he was director of international economic affairs on the staff of the National Security Council and National Economic Council, where he served as the chief staff person for the G8 Summits in 1997 and 1998. Antholis is the author of Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global and, with Strobe Talbot, Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming.
Michael Chertoff served as Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009. Before heading up DHS, Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud and terrorism—including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He is now co-founder and executive chairman of the Chertoff Group, an internationally recognized leader in security and risk management advisory services.
David Marchick is a retired executive from the Carlyle Group serving in a volunteer role as director of the Center for Presidential Transition at the Partnership for Public Service. He is also an adjunct professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth as a senior of counsel at the firm Covington & Burling. He also serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards of directors. Marchick spent 12 years at the Carlyle Group and most recently served as managing director and global head of external affairs and as a member of Carlyle’s management committee. He led Carlyle’s regulatory and government affairs, communications and branding, and sustainability efforts.
Janet Napolitano is a professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She served as the 20th president of the University of California, the nation’s largest public research university with ten campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. Prior to joining the University of California, Professor Napolitano served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013. She is a former two-term Governor of Arizona, a former Attorney General of Arizona, and a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. In 2019, Napolitano published How Safe Are We? Homeland Security Since 9/11. Professor Napolitano earned her BS degree, summa cum laude, in political science from Santa Clara University, and her JD from the University of Virginia. She is based in Berkeley, CA.
This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the George and Judy Marcus Democracy Praxis Fund