Several people with ties to Maryland have been tapped by the Biden-Harris presidential transition team to serve on agency review teams.
“Agency review teams are responsible for understanding the operations of each agency, ensuring a smooth transfer of power, and preparing for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and their cabinet to hit the ground running on Day One,” says an announcement released Tuesday.
“These teams are composed of highly experienced and talented professionals with deep backgrounds in crucial policy areas across the federal government,” it reads. “The teams have been crafted to ensure they not only reflect the values and priorities of the incoming administration, but reflect the diversity of perspectives crucial for addressing America’s most urgent and complex challenges.”
The experts with ties to Maryland will serve in a volunteer capacity on teams advising on the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
For health and human services, they include:
- Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Health Security. Inglesby has been an adviser to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on the coronavirus, and he and members of his staff have produced a slew of reports to help guide the state’s response to the pandemic.
- Yngvild Olsen, medical director of the Institutes for Behavior Resources, Inc./REACH Health Services in Baltimore City, an outpatient substance use disorder treatment program. Olsen has worked to expand access to addiction treatment.
- Meena Seshamani, vice president for Clinical Care Transformation at MedStar Health, a 10-hospital system in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
- Luciana Borio, an infectious disease physician who has been affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital and Hopkins University and vice president at In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit investment firm.
For housing and urban development, they include:
- Adria Crutchfield, executive director of the nonprofit Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership. Its housing mobility program helps people with low incomes find private homes in areas with strong schools and low levels of crime and poverty.