Joint Center & NALEO Host Transition Roundtable

On November 16, the Joint Center – in partnership with NALEO – hosted over 25 leaders of organizations that represent elected officials of color for a day-long roundtable in Washington, DC focused on the upcoming transition. The participants met at the White House, the Republican National Committee headquarters (co-hosted by INSIGHT America), and George Washington University Law School. The sessions were closed and off-the-record.

During the morning session, participants met with White House Officials – Deputy Assistant to the President and White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Jerry Abramson, White House Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Elias Alcantara, and White House Associate Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement Alissa Ko.

At George Washington University, participants met with John Acton of the Partnership for Public Service's Center for Presidential Transition which is working to help presidential candidates and the transition teams navigate the transition process. Alton provided details about the transtion and appointments process. 
 
Participants meet at the Republican National Committee headquarters for their third session of the Transition Roundtable.

During the afternoon session, participants met at the RNC headquarters with Kay Coles James, Management & Budget Chair for the Trump-Pence Transition Project. Participants also met with a variety of other leaders connected to the transition, including Elroy Sailor, Senior Advisor to RNC Chair Reince Priebus & INSIGHT America co-founder, D.J. Jordan from the Office of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Darien Flowers from the Office of Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jimmy Kemp, founder of the Jack Kemp Foundation, and Matt Keelen, founder and President of the government affairs firm The Keelen Group (TKG). 

Kay Coles James, Management & Budget Chair for the Trump-Pence Transition Project speaks with Transition Roundtable participants at the RNC headquarters.

The Joint Center thanks the following entities for their generous support: Comcast NBC Universal, American Express, George Washington University Law School, Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock, P.C., and Venable LLP. 

Click here to view the program.

Roundtable Participants:

African American Mayors Association President Sly James

African American Mayors Association Executive Director Stephanie Mash

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Vice President of Policy and Programs Jiny Kim

Blacks in Government National President Darlene Young

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Executive Director Valeria Carranza

Hispanic Local Elected Officials First Vice President Lydia Martinez

INSIGHT America Co-Founder Elroy Sailor

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies President Spencer Overton

Latino Talent Initiative Senior Advisor Teresa Chaurand

National Association of Black County Officials President Alisha Bell

National Association of Hispanic County Officials Chairwoman Sarah Benatar

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Board Member 
Elizabeth Archuleta

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Executive Director Arturo Vargas

National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Second Vice President De’Keither Stamps

National Black Caucus of State Legislators President Catherine Pugh

National Black Caucus of State Legislators Executive Director Roslyn Smith

National Black Council of School Board Members President Dr. Emma Turner

National Caucus of Native American State Legislators Senior Policy Specialist 
Martha Salazar

National Congress of American Indians Executive Director  Jacqueline Pata

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans National Director Christopher Kang

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Executive Director Kenneth Romero

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Director of Programs and Events 
Rhina Villatoro

National Hispanic Council of School Board Members Chairwoman Lillian Tafoya

National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women National Executive Director Waikinya Clanton

Young Elected Officials Network Interim Managing Director Meshea L. Poore