Obama Transition Team Leaders Named for NARA and NEH

President-elect Barack Obama’s transition office recently announced the names of the transition review team leaders for the National Archives and Records Administration and the National Endowments for the Humanities and Arts.

National Archives and Records Administration Review Team Leads

Bruce McConnell is an independent consultant on cybersecurity, privacy, and Web 2.0. From 2000 to 2008, he grew two consulting firms, McConnell International and Government Futures, which work to promote cost-effective use of the private sector by government. Prior to this, he led the International Y2K Cooperation Center under the auspices of the United Nations and World Bank and he served in and led the information policy and technology branch at the Office of Management and Budget.

Gloria Parker is the Director of Business Solutions and Innovation for Civilian Government Business at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Under the Clinton Administration, Ms. Parker became the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO). Before that, Ms. Parker was Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Department of Education. She previously worked as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Apptis, Inc. and at IBM Corporation. Parker has received many prestigious awards including the 2000 Presidential Rank Award given for exemplary Government leadership.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has also launched a transition website detailing what it sees as the major issues facing each federal agency. For a look at the National Archives and Records Administration’s page click here.

NEA/NEH Review Team Leads

Bill Ivey is the Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University – a cultural policy center with offices in Nashville and Washington. He is also a trustee of the Center for American Progress. During the Clinton Administration, Ivey served as Chairman of the NEA.

Anne Luzzatto served in the Clinton Administration as a Special Assistant to the President, Deputy White House Press Secretary for the National Security Council, and as Assistant US Trade Representative for Public Affairs. Following her White House service, Luzzato spent eight years as the Vice President for Meetings and Outreach at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Clement Price is Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History and Director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University, Newark. Price is an authority on the black New Jersey past by virtue of his Freedom Not Far Distant: A Documentary History of Afro-Americans in New Jersey (1980) and other scholarly works. His awards for academic and civic service include the New Jersey Professor of the Year by The Council for Advance and Support of Education in 1999. Dr. Price is a member of the Scholarly Advisory Committee to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Newark Public Library, a member of The New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and a trustee of the National Council for History Education.

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