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Obama Announces Transition Team

From the Obama offices in Chicago:

For the past several months, a board of advisors has been informally planning for a possible presidential transition. Among the many projects undertaken by the transition board have been detailed analyses of previous transition efforts, policy statements made during the campaign, and the workings of federal government agencies, and priority positions that must be filled by the incoming administration.

With Barack Obama and Joe Biden's election, this planning process will be now be formally organized as the Obama-Biden Transition Project, a 501(c)(4) organization to ensure a smooth transition from one administration to the next. The work of this entity will be overseen by three co-chairs: John Podesta, Valerie Jarrett, and Pete Rouse.

The co-chairs will be assisted by an advisory board comprised of individuals with significant private and public sector experience: Carol Browner, William Daley, Christopher Edley, Michael Froman, Julius Genachowski, Donald Gips, Governor Janet Napolitano, Federico Pena, Susan Rice, Sonal Shah, Mark Gitenstein, and Ted Kaufman. Gitenstein and Kaufman will serve as co-chairs of Vice President-elect Biden's transition team.

The website for the transition will be www.change.gov. It is expected to go live later today.

A list of senior staff who will be supervising the day-to-day activities of the transition is after the jump.

-- Evie Stone

Chris Lu -- Executive Director

Dan Pfeiffer -- Communications Director

Stephanie Cutter -- Chief Spokesperson

Cassandra Butts -- General Counsel

Jim Messina -- Personnel Director

Patrick Gaspard -- Associate Personnel Director

Christine Varney - Personnel Counsel

Melody Barnes -- Co-Director of Agency Review

Lisa Brown -- Co-Director of Agency Review

Phil Schiliro -- Director of Congressional Relations

Michael Strautmanis -- Director of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs

Katy Kale -- Director of Operations

Brad Kiley -- Director of Operations