Obama Transition Leaders for Economics and International Trade

01/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • James Love Director, Knowledge Ecology International

Obama's transition team is very large, and some the key advisors are not listed on the web page. It's difficult to sort things out. Malini Aisola has looked at one small slice of the transition, the team leaders for the Economics and International Trade. This includes 14 persons from the for-profit sector, five academics, one from the Gates Foundation, and one without a bio.

The official bios of the team members often emphasize past public service work. In her blog, Malini highlighted the business ties of the persons working in the for-profit sector. They are a pretty establishment and affluent bunch.

Obama transition - Economics and Trade

Economics and International Trade Team Leads

Corporate, Investment, Law Firm and Consultant

Cunningham, Nelson - Managing Partner and co-founder of McLarty Associates; member of several corporate boards. McLarty Asssociates counsels corporations and financial institutions in the Untied States and abroad on strateegic planning, government issues and advocacy, market access, mergers and acquisitioins, corporate communication and political and economic risk issues worldwide. McLarty Associates was previously known as Kissinger McLarty Associates.

Dohrmann, Thomas - Partner at McKinsey & Company

Epstein, Gary - Senior Partner in the Washington office of Latham & Watkins LLP. Chair of the Communications Practice Group and leads the firm's Telecommunications Law Practice. His practice focuses primarily on advising companies on United States regulations of telecommunications, satellite and broadcast providers. He also advises non-US governments and investors on privatizations and restructurings of telecom sectors and advises non-US and non-US-owned companies on such policies as US ownership restrictions and authorizations for international services.

Fleischmann, Alan H. - Fleischmann has worked in government, non-profit and business sectors. For several years, Fleischmann has advised corporate, individual and political leaders on strategy, communications, messaging, image and crisis management, positioning, and reputation. He has worked with a wide range of Fortune 500 corporations, their chief executives and top leadership, domestically and globally, as senior director of the international business strategy firm Stonebridge International and as senior vice president of the strategic communications firm Penn Schoen & Berland Associates. He is a former board member of OFFITBANK, an independent private bank, and a former senior associate of the Chase Manhattan Private Bank (JP Morgan Chase) in New York and Argentina.

Gensler, Gary - Director of Strayer Education. Advisory Board for New Mountain Capital, LLC. Former Partner, Goldman Sachs., and Obama's choice to lead the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Gotbaum, Josh - Advisor to investment funds, with a special focus on restructuring and management turnarounds. Operating Partner for Blue Wolf Capital Fund II LP. Previously an investment banker with Lazard Frères, in New York and London, where he specialized in mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings.

Hochberg, Fred P. - Director, Fusion Telecommunications International, Incorporated. Member of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Johnson, James - Partner in the litigation department of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, focusing on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, corporate compliance and corporate crisis management. Among his recent clients:

* Forest Laboratories in connection with inquiries by the New York State Attorney General and the United States Congress into practices involving the sale and distribution of certain anti-depressants.
* A large consumer products manufacturing company in connection with alleged violations of sanctions enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control within the United States Department of the Treasury.
* A Special Committee of the Board of Tommy Hilfiger, in connection with an internal investigation and United States Attorney's Office investigation of tax accounting issues related to offshore subsidiaries.
* The Audit Committee of Telewest, a telecommunications company with principal operations in the United Kingdom, in an internal investigation of certain accounting and billing practices.
* A senior manager of Enron North America in connection with the investigation of allegations of accounting fraud conducted by the United States Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
* Advice to a global beverage company in connection with threatened obesity litigation.

Lew, Ginger - Heads a private consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. that provides investment and management services. She is a director of ATS Corporation, and an advisor with Amplifier Venture Partners. She also serves as a member and former Co-Chair of the NASDAQ Hearing Listing and Review Council, an independent advisory board to NASDAQ. She is the founder and Chairman of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers ("AAAIM") and Chairman of the Czech/Slovak American Enterprise Fund.

Mukherjee, Anjan - Managing Director with the Blackstone Group in the private equity area, with a focus on the evaluation and execution of a number of investments in a wide range of industries . Prior to joining Blackstone, Mukherjee was with the Thomas H. Lee Company and Morgan Stanley & Co.

Ness, Susan- Principal of Susan Ness Strategies. Ness is a communications policy consultant.

Hundt, Reed - Since 1998, Mr. Hundt has been a principal of Charles Ross Partners, LLC, a private investor and advisory service. Also since 1998, he has served as an independent adviser on information industries to McKinsey & Company, Inc., a management consulting firm, and since 2000, to The Blackstone Group, a private equity firm. Reed is a member of several corporate boards including Intel, Data Domain, Inc., Infiniera Corporation.

Thompson, Mozelle W. - CEO of Thompson Strategic Consulting which provides legal, policy and business advice to companies like Facebook, Inc., and others.

Warren, Michael - Chief Operating Officer of Stonebridge International LLC. Formerly with McKinsey. Stonebridge is an elite international consulting firm with an all-star cast of board members, principals and advisors.

Academic and other non-profit

Burwell, Sylvia Mathews - President of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Henry, Peter Blair - Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Economics at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research; Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Cook, Lisa D. - Assistant Professor of Economics at Michigan State University.

Rosston, Gregory L. - Lecturer in economics and public policy at Stanford University; Deputy Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the Public Policy program; Advisory board member for Sustainable Conservation and the Nepal Youth Opportunity Fund.

Shane, Peter M. - Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law at the Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law.

Weiser, Phil - Professor of law at the University of Colorado where he writes and teaches in the areas of antitrust policy, innovation policy, and Internet policy.

Harrington, Larry. No bio given.

Official bios available here and here