LA Metro CEO will lead Biden transit transition team

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 16: L.A. Metro CEO Phillip Washington listens with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to his right during a conference Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Los Angeles Union Station about the"A Better Deal" economic agenda unveile

Biden-Harris transition team officials announced on Tuesday that Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Phillip Washington will head up their transit agency review team.  

The teams of volunteers are responsible for evaluating the operations of the federal agencies so that the incoming administration is prepared for its first day.  

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"Our nation is grappling with a pandemic, an economic crisis, urgent calls for racial justice and the existential threat of climate change," said former Pennsylvania Sen. Ted Kaufman, co-chair of Biden-Harris transition effort.

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"We must be prepared for a seamless transfer of knowledge to the incoming administration to protect our interests at home and abroad."  

Also as part of the teams are:  

  • -- Heidi Marston, the executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, who will be part of the Department of Veterans Affairs team;  
  • -- Dilpreet Sidhu, Mayor Eric Garcetti's director of international relations, who will be part of the National Security Council team; and   -
  • - Jeffrey Prieto of the Los Angeles Community College District, who will be part of the Department of Agriculture team.  

The agency teams are "highly experienced and talented professionals," according to Biden transition officials, with "deep backgrounds in key policies" across the federal government.   

The agency review teams will meet with former agency officials and experts who closely follow federal agencies, and with officials from thinktanks, labor groups, trade associations and non-government organizations. 

A full list of agency transition team members can be found at