President Obama White House staff
Chief of Staff:
was selected by President-elect Obama on November 6, two days after the
Deputy Chiefs of Staff:
Jim Messina, current director of personnel for the Obama Transition team
and former Chief of Staff to Senator
Sutphen, a former career foreign service officer who worked for President
National Security Council.
Senior Advisors to the President: Campaign strategist
Rouse, who has been serving as Obama's Senate chief of staff.
- Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental
Relations and Public Liaison:
Valerie Jarrett, a lawyer who served as Chicago's planning commissioner
and later was chairperson of the
Chicago Transit Authority. In 1995, Jarrett left public service to join
the Habitat Corporation, a Chicago real estate management company.
- Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs:
White House Counsel:
former legislative director of Obama's Senate office.
Lisa Brown, executive director of the
American Constitution Society.
Robert Gibbs, announced on November 22.
- Deputy Director of Communications:
- Chair of the White House
Council on Environmental Quality:
Sutley, a well-known member of the
and Deputy Mayor of
- Deputy Director of
White House Office of Health Reform:
- White House photographer:
Cabinet and top advisors
There was one withdrawal,
Bill Richardson, whom Obama had named
Secretary of Commerce. Richardson's administration is currently the subject
of a federal corruption probe; while maintaining that his administration was
responsible for no wrongdoing, he withdrew so as to prevent a lengthy
confirmation process from hindering the work of the
U.S. Department of Commerce.
The position was filled by
as new chairman of the
Democratic National Committee, replacing
Dean who has clashed with Obama and his advisors in the past. Kaine will
serve concurrently as
Governor of Virginia until his term ends in January, 2010.
Aneesh Chopra for the new position of
Chief Technology Officer of the United States,
Kundra as Chief Information Officer and
Jeffrey Zients Chief Performance Officer
and deputy director for management of the Office of Management and Budget
Initial reaction to Obama's choice of
Leon E. Panetta as CIA director was mixed, with some intelligence
professionals expressing concern that Panetta lacked specific intelligence
and others such as former Congressman and co-chair of the
Iraq Study Group
Lee Hamilton praising the choice.
Environment and Energy
Foreign Affairs and National Security