HELP@LCWINS Supporting Women: From Nominee to Political Appointee

LCWINS is rolling out a new pilot project to assist women through the political appointment process. If the transition team has reached out to you, if you are interviewing, if you are going through vetting and deluged in myriad forms, if you are facing confirmation -- LCWINS wants to help. Contact if you feel you are facing any obstacles or need assistance through the process.

We are keenly aware that when the transition team reaches out to prospective candidates for positions, they request the utmost discretion. We promise complete confidentiality. We don’t want to interfere with your process. We cannot promise that we can fix every problem or answer every question. But, we have an incredible network of women and allies who want to see gender parity in our national security leadership. We are best positioned to help with questions related to security clearances, vetting, ethics, financial disclosure and how to prepare for your Senate confirmation hearing. We also have a wonderful coalition of attorneys providing pro bono assistance to women with legal questions. And, if you are facing a different problem, reach out and we'll see what we can do.

In case you missed them, LCWINS conducted a series of webinars in the fall of 2020 to address what women can expect to face in the political appointments process. The recordings of those webinars and accompanying notes are available here.

We also recommend you start by reading this guide published by Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition. It’s a step-by-step, generic guide of what you need to know. We will be updating this page with additional resources as well!

Some Helpful Resources:

In general, get your finances in order, scrub your social media, and maintain your humility and flexibility during the process. Please contact us at if we can help!