Political Appointment 101: Process and Organizations

September 1, 2020 3:00 PM

This session is an overview of the political appointments process from former officials responsible for Presidential appointments.  This session will answer all of your basic questions. We will cover the Transition personnel process and Presidential Personnel process and how they differ. We will also discuss which jobs are Senate-confirmed and what special considerations go into filling those positions. The entire timeline will be discussed, including: indicating your interest, how to improve your chances of nomination, the vetting process, the Senate confirmation process, and what happens after you are confirmed.

During this session, we were not able to get to all of the important questions raised in the Q&A. After you finish watching the webinar below, please check out our webpage of follow-up Notes and Q&A.


Dina Powell McCormick

Shelly Stoneman

  • Senior Vice President for Government Relations, BAE Systems, Inc.
  • Former Special Assistant to the President for White House Legislative Affairs
Dina Powell McCormick

Jonathan McBride

  • Former Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity, BlackRock
  • Former Deputy Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel
Dina Powell McCormick

Heather Samuelson

  • General Counsel, National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Former Chief Counsel, Clinton-Kaine Transition & State Department White House Liaison
Dina Powell McCormick

Mackenzie Eaglen

  • Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Former Romney Transition Official


Dina Powell McCormick

Felicia Escobar Carrillo

  • Director of Immigration, The Beacon Fund
  • Former Special Assistant to the President for Immigration Policy, White House Domestic Policy Council