January 29, 2023

Governor-elect Josh Shapiro is wasting little time building his transition team to help him prepare to lead a new government before he is sworn in on January 17.

He’s already hired a chief of staff for his post, established three boards to help with both initiation and transition — and named first personals.

A week after winning the state’s gubernatorial election, Shapiro pledged to reporters to build an administration that reflects the state’s diversity. “To get through this moment, we’re going to assemble a talented, hard-working, capable administration — one that looks like Pennsylvania and is ready to get to work,” he said.

Shapiro’s transition team is growing by the day, so City & State maintains a running list of who has joined the transition team so far:

On Nov 16, Shapiro held his first official press conference since winning Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial election, detailing how the transition process will work. During the conference, Shapiro named the first three appointments for his transition team.

The governor-elect appointed Akbar Hossain, the political director of Shapiro’s campaign, as executive director of his transition team. He appointed Amanda Warren, the former finance director of his gubernatorial campaign, as executive director at his inauguration. Manuel Bonder, Shapiro’s campaign spokesman, has been appointed communications director for the transition and inauguration.

On Nov 22, Shapiro and Davis announced their Transition Leadership Board and Transition Personnel Committee and appointed William Sasso, Chairman Emeritus of Stradley Ronon, to chair the Transition Leadership Board. Davis, the lieutenant governor-elect, will chair the Personnel Committee, which is tasked with recruiting and recommending new employees for senior positions in the Shapiro administration.

To get through this moment, we will assemble a talented, hardworking and capable administration – one that looks like Pennsylvania and is ready to get to work.

– Josh Shapiro

To get through this moment, we will assemble a talented, hardworking and capable administration – one that looks like Pennsylvania and is ready to get to work.

Shapiro’s Transition Leadership Board includes: Chairman William Sasso, Chairman Emeritus of Stradley Ronon; Ryan Boyer, executive director of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council; Gregory E. Deavens, President and CEO of Independence Health Group; Angela Ferritto, President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO; Thomas B. Hagen, chairman of the Erie Indemnity Company and former Pennsylvania Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Community and Economic Development; Laura Karet, CEO of Giant Eagle and chair of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development; Attorney Jannie K. Lau; Charisse Lillie, CEO of CRL Consulting and former Assistant US Attorney for the US District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Neil T. O’Donnell, founder of the O’Donnell law firm; Michelle Singer, senior vice president at Comcast; and Democratic State Representative Pam Snyder.

Members of Shapiro’s Transitional Staff Committee include: Chairman and Lt. gov. elect Austin Davis; Curtis Aiken, President, CEO and Founder of ProTech Compliance; Madeline Bell, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Norman Bristol Colón, executive director of the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development; Steven Crawford, President and Partner at Wojdak Government Relations and former Chief of Staff to former Gov. Ed Rendell; Robert Fox, Managing Partner at Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox; J. David Henderson, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 13; Joseph Hill, senior partner at Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies; Susan Jacobson, President of Jacobson Strategic Communications; Farnam Jahanian, President of Carnegie Mellon University; Jerry Johnson, President and CEO of Axum Advisors; Kevin Kinross, consultant at The Carey Group; Ben Kirshner, former founder, chairman and CEO of Tinuiti; Lauren Lambrugo, chief operating officer of Public Health Management Corporation; Jennifer Liptak, chief of staff to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald; Leslie Anne Miller, attorney and former general counsel to former Governor Ed Rendell; Marshall Mitchell, senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Abington; Joseph Neubauer, former CEO of Aramark; James D. Schultz, partner at Holland & Knight and former General Counsel to former Governor Tom Corbett and Associate Counsel to the White House under former President Donald Trump; Judith M. von Seldeneck, Founder and Chair of the Diversified Search Group; Andréa Stanford, Vice President, Pittsburgh Regional Manager at BNY Mellon; and Nathaniel Yap, former director at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.

Shapiro’s team also announced that three attorneys — Mira Baylson of Cozen O’Connor,

Tracey McCants Lewis, deputy general counsel and director of human resources for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and David Nasatir, chairman of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel – will join the transition team as legal counsel. Roy Temple, a partner at GPS Impact, and Rob Ghormoz, vice president at GSL Public Affairs, have also joined the transition team as senior advisors, having both served on previous gubernatorial transition teams.

On Nov 30Shapiro and Davis announced the composition of their inaugural committee, which will plan next year’s inaugural events.

Shapiro’s founding committee co-chairs include: Incoming First Lady Lori Shapiro; incoming Second Lady Blayre Holmes-Davis; Darren J. Check, Partner at Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP; William Dunbar, managing partner at Dunbar Public Affairs & Associates; Vanessa DeSalvo Getz, President at SALVO Strategies; Kenneth M. Jarin, partner at Ballard Spahr LLP; Michele Kessler, secretary and treasurer of UFCW Local 1776.

The members of Shapiro’s founding committee include: Philip Ameris, President of the District Council of Workers of Western Pennsylvania; Carolina DiGiorgio, CEO of Congreso; Varsovia Fernandez, CEO of the PA CDFI Network; Jeff Freedman, co-creator of QBurgh; Kata Himes, Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics/GYN, University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Shamsul Huda, Trustee of the Board of Bucks County Community College and Board Chair of the International Festival Foundation; Betsy Bechtolt Magley, director of Bcauses, LLC; small business owner Taneise Marshall, retired attorney Mollie McCurdy; Ruby Mundok, student for Shapiro Chapter Lead and graduate student at Millersville University; Evan Myers, senior vice president of Accuweather; Genesis Ortega, communications manager for the city of Allentown; Dennis Pagliotti, President and CEO of Bricklayers Local 1; Alison Perelman, executive director of Philadelphia 3.0; Todd Reidbord, director at Walnut Capital; Izzy Saler, director of high school students for Shapiro and a student at Lower Merion High School; Marla Tobe Werner, co-founder and CEO of Givver; Jill Zipin, Chair of the Democratic Jewish Outreach PA.

On 1 Dec, Shapiro appointed his longtime assistant, Dana Fritz, as his chief of staff, making Fritz one of the most powerful employees in the governor’s office. Fritz is tasked with overseeing the day-to-day operations of Shapiro’s office and will be one of Shapiro’s top advisors.

This story will be updated as more transition team hires and appointments are made.

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