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White House Transition Interviews

White House staff in the presidential administrations from Richard M. Nixon to William Jefferson Clinton discuss the transitions between the presidential administrations, the organization of the White House staff, and the successes and lessons learned during these periods.

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Phillip D. Brady (1951 - )
Deputy Assistant to the Vice President 1988-89; Deputy Counsel to President Ronald Reagan, 1989; Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Cabinet Affairs, 1989-91; General Counsel, Department of Transportation and Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary, 1991-93, Bush Administration.

Jan Naylor Cope (1956 - )
Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of Presidential Personnel, 1991-93, Bush Administration.

Courtesy of Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/Lloyd Cutler (1917 - 2005)
White House Special Counsel, 1994, Clinton Administration.

Courtesy of Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/James Fetig (1949 - )
Assistant Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and Director, Public Affairs, National Security Council (NSC), 1995-1996, Clinton Administration.

Courtesy of Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.reaganlibrary.gov/Thomas Griscom (1949 - )
Assistant to the President, Office of Communications, 1987-1988, Reagan Administration.

Courtesy of Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.nixonlibrary.gov/Alexander M. Haig, Jr. (1924 - 2010)
Senior Military Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 1969-1970; Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 1970-1973; Assistant to the President, White House Chief of Staff, 1973-1974, Nixon Administration.

Courtesy of Ford Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.fordlibrary.gov/Robert T. Hartmann (1917 - 2008)
Counselor to the President; Director, White House Editorial and Speechwriting Staff; Liaison between the executive office and Republican Party organizations, Ford Administration (1974-1977).

Courtesy of Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.nixonlibrary.gov/Jon Huntsman (1937 - )
Associate Administrator, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1970-1971; Special Assistant to the President and White House Staff Secretary, 1971 - 1972, Nixon Administration.

Courtesy of Carter Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.carterlibrary.gov/Barry Jagoda (1944 - )
Media adviser, Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign Committee, 1976; Special Assistant to the President for Media and Public Affairs, 1977-79, Carter Administration.

Courtesy of Carter Library and Museum, http://www.carterlibrary.gov/Ray Jenkins (1930 - 2011)
Special Assistant to the President, White House Press Office, 1979-1981, Carter Administration.

Courtesy of Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/Ann F. Lewis (1937 - )
Deputy Campaign Manager for the Clinton/Gore Re-Election Campaign, 1995-1996; Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Communications, 1997; Assistant to the President and Director of Communications, 1997-1999; Counselor to the President, 1999-2001, Clinton Administration.

Courtesy of Carter Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.carterlibrary.gov/Robert Lipshutz (1921 - 2010)
Treasurer, Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign Committee, 1975-1976; Counsel to the President, 1977- 1979, Carter Administration.

Courtesy of Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.nixonlibrary.gov/Frederic V. Malek (1936 - )
Deputy Under Secretary, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1969-1970; White House Special Assistant for Personnel, 1970-1973; Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget, 1973-1974, Nixon Administration.

Courtesy of Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.Clintonlibrary.gov/Michael D. McCurry (1954 - )
Assistant to the President and White House Press Secretary, 1995-1998, Clinton Administration.

Courtesy of Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/Thomas F. (Mack) McLarty III (1946 - )
White House Chief of Staff, 1993-1994; Counselor to the President and Special Envoy for the Americas, 1995-1998, Clinton Administration.

Courtesy of Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/Abner Mikva (1926 - )
White House Counsel to the President, 1994-1995, Clinton Administration.

Courtesy of Carter Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.Carterlibrary.gov/Arnie Miller (1940 - )
Maryland state coordinator, Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign Committee, 1976; Director of the Presidential Personnel Office, 1978-1981, Carter Administration.

Courtesy of Bush Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.bushlibrary.gov/W. Henson Moore (1939 - )
Served as one of three American commissioners for the Panama Canal Consultative Commission; 1987-1988; Deputy Secretary, Department of Energy; 1989-1992; Deputy Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush 1992-1993, Bush Administration.

Courtesy of Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/Bob Nash (1947 - )
Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel, 1995-2001, Clinton Administration.

Courtesy of Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.Clintonlibrary.gov/Leon Panetta (1938 - )
Director of the Offices of Management and Budget, 1993-1994; Chief of Staff to the President, 1994-1997, Clinton Administration.

Courtesy of Bush Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.bushlibrary.gov/Roman Popadiuk (1950 - )
Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Reagan administration; 1988-1989, and Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary to President George H.W. Bush 1989-1993; Bush Administration.

Courtesy of Carter Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.carterlibrary.gov/Gerald Rafshoon (1934 - )
Media Director, Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign Committee, 1975-1976; Assistant to the President for Communications, 1978-1979, Carter Administration.

Courtesy of Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.reaganlibrary.gov/Peter Roussel (1941 - )
Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary, Press Office, 1981-1987, Reagan Administration.

Courtesy of Carter Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.carterlibrary.gov/Mark Siegel (1944 - )
New York district chairman, Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign Committee, 1976; Deputy Assistant to the President for Policy Analysis, 1977-1978, Carter Administration.

Courtesy of Bush Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.bushlibrary.gov/Charles G. (Chase) Untermeyer (1946 - )
Served as Executive Assistant to Vice President George H. W. Bush, 1981; Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy to Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1983-1988; Personnel Director, Bush Transition Team, 1988; Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel, 1989-1991; Director, Voice of America, 1991, Bush Administration.

Courtesy of Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.reaganlibrary.gov/Peter Wallison (1941 - )
General Counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department, 1981-1985; Counsel to the President, Office of Counsel to the President, 1986-1987, Reagan Administration.

Courtesy of Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.nixonlibrary.gov/Gerald L. Warren (1930 - )
Deputy Press Secretary, 1969-1974, Nixon Administration.

Courtesy of Ford Presidential Library and Museum, http://www.fordlibrary.gov/Margita White (1937 - 2002)
Assistant to Herbert G. Klein, Director of the White House Office of Communications, 1969-1973; Assistant Director for Public Information, United States Information Agency, 1973-1975, Nixon Administration. Director of the Office of Communications and Assistant Press Secretary to President Ford, 1975; Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission, 1976; Ford Administration.

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