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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 transition 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 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

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