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More who's who on Trump's transition team

The Trump transition team has released more names on the people who will be going into specific agencies to help with the move from the Obama administration to a Donald Trump administration.

We published an earlier list, which you can access here. This batch includes the Defense Department, the Office of Management and Budget and the Small Business Administration. We've included links to LinkedIn profiles and other biographical information where available.

Commerce Department

William Gaynor, also known as Willie, is the founder of Rock Creek Advisors, a government relations firm. He also was finance director of the second George W. Bush inaugural committee.

Employer (current or most recent): Rock Creek Advisors LLC

Tom Leppert is the former CEO of Kaplan Inc., and was mayor of Dallas from 2007 to 2011.

Commodity Futures and Trading Commission

Sharon Brown-Hruska is director of securities and finance, white collar defense, litigation and enforcement at NERA Economic Consulting. NERA is a consulting firm.

She also is the transition person for the Farm Credit Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Paul Atkins is CEO of Patomak Global Partners, a consultancy he founded that is focused on the investment and banking industry.

He also is the transition person for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Defense Department

Trae Stephens is currently a principal at Founders Fund, where he focuses on start up in the government market. He also was an early employee of Palantir Technologies, founded by billionaire and Trump supporter, Peter Thiel.

Energy Department

Kelly Mitchell currently is the vice chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a sales account manager at Multi Automatic Tool & Supply Co.

Renee Amoore is president and CEO of the Amoore Group, a management consulting firm.

Export-Import Bank

Bradley Bondi is a partner at Cahill Gordon and Reindel

Farm Credit Administration

Sharon Brown-Hruska is director of securities and finance, white collar defense, litigation and enforcement at NERA Economic Consulting. NERA is a consulting firm.

She also is the transition person for the Commodity Futures and Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Paul Atkins is CEO of Patomak Global Partners, a consultancy he founded that is focused on the investment and banking industry.

He also is the transition person for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Timothy Bitsberger was most recently managing director of BNP Paribas, an international investment bank.

Federal Reserve Board

Ralph Ferrara is a lawyer with Proskauer Rose LLP and a former general counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Federal Trade Commission

Alex Pollock is a senior fellow at R Street, a public policy think tank with close ties to the Republican Party. He’s a former resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He’s also the transition person for the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

Housing and Urban Development

John Bravacos is an attorney at John G. Bravacos and former regional director of HUD from 2007 to 2009.

Elvis Solivan, Philadelphia Parking Authority. I found a LinkedIn profile for an Elvis Solivan but I couldn’t confirm it was the same person. A search of the parking authority website came back empty. I did find an Elvis Solivan listed as giving a $100 to the Philadelphia Republican City Committee.

Justice Department

Lizette Benedi Herraiz is a senior vice president and general counsel at Strayer University. She was a deputy assistant Attorney General at Justice from 2001 to 2005.

Steven Engel is a partner at the law firm Dechert LLP and was a deputy Attorney General at Justice from 2006 to 2009. He also was a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from July 2001 to July 2002.

Thomas Wheeler is a partner at Frost Brown Todd where he focuses on government and legislative affairs and governmental and civil rights litigation.

Stefani Carter is principal at Stephani Carter & Associates and a former Texas state legislator. She also is on the board of Ashford Hospitality Prime Inc., a real estate investment trust in the hotel and hospitality industry.

James Burnham is an associate at the law firm Jones Day. He also was a clerk for Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Labor Department

Loren Smith covers transportation, infrastructure, agriculture, immigration, labor and elections at Capital Alpha Partners, a research firm that specializes in the investment implications of government actions. He also was a special assistant for public affairs at Labor.

National Credit Union Administration

Mark Fryzel. I couldn’t find anything on him. The Trump transition website listed his employer as Michael E. Fryzel & Associates. Michael Fryzel is a former board member of the National Credit Union Administration, 2008 to 2014 and served as its chairman from 2008-2009.

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Paul Atkins is CEO of Patomak Global Partners, a consultancy he founded that is focused on the investment and banking industry.

He also is the transition person for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Office of Management and Budget

Dan Kowalski is the deputy staff director for the Senate Budget Committee.

Office of Personnel Management

Paul Conway is listed as an independent consultant but also serves as president of the American Association of Kidney Patients. He was chief of staff at OPM late in the George W. Bush administration. He held similar positions at Labor and DHS.

Small Business Administration

Deanna Bass is a media relations consulting and founder of Bass Public Affairs. She was press secretary for Rep. Howard P. Buck McKeon.

Securities and Exchange Commission

Sharon Brown-Hruska is director of securities and finance, white collar defense, litigation and enforcement at NERA Economic Consulting. NERA is a consulting firm.

She also is the transition person for the Commodity Futures and Trading Commission and the Farm Credit Administration.

Social Security Administration

David Black has served as the general counsel at SSA since November 2007.

Transportation Department

Shirley Ybarra  is a senior transportation analyst at the Reason Foundation. She also is the former Virginia Secretary of Transportation from 1998 to 2002.

Treasury Department

Eileen O’Connor is the founder of the law firm Eileen J. O’Connor. She also was an assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department from 2001 to 2007.

Veterans Affairs

Lolita Zinke is a Republican volunteer and wife of U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, of Montana.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Nov 28, 2016 at 12:54 PM


Reader Comments

Wed, Nov 30, 2016

Nick, you completely missing all the Boston Consulting Group consultant that have infiltrated the entire transition team and their landing teams. McKinsey's out...BCG in.

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