Transition Hotties

The Daily Beast's official Obama staff pin-up gallery.

Matthew Worden

Melody Barnes

Co-director of the agency review working group for the Obama-Biden Transition Project

Barnes' lengthy resume includes positions as senior domestic policy advisor to Barack Obama’s campaign, executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress and chief counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her other impressive accomplishment? Getting named to Washingtonian’s “Ten Well Dressed Women” list.

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Neel Kashkari

Interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury

OK, so he’s more of a Paulson guy than an Obama appointee. Still, no hot-in-DC list would be complete without some Kashkari in it. Some scoffed when Treasury Secretary Paulson chose a Ferrari-driving, head-shaving, 35-year-old ex-Goldman Sachs employee to oversee the government’s $700 billion bailout of the financial industry. But most swooned. Not only is Kashkari young and buff, but he loves AC/DC—always a winning combination.

James H. Lambright

Bailout Team

He’s bald. He’s working for the bailout. And he’s not Neel Kashkari. He’s James Lambright, the president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. We’re assuming that the Missouri native and Harvard alum had a brilliant, full mane before joining the bailout team. But that Kashkari runs a tight ship.

Mary Hadley

Ray Rivera

Member of the Obama-Biden transition project's agency review working group

The former Colorado director for Obama’s presidential campaign, Rivera looks even younger than he is. But don’t be fooled by his squishy baby face, Rivera knows what he’s doing. He joined the Obama campaign early, working at the Northeast field desk out of Chicago. He was then one of the first state directors named and now the 2001 University of New Mexico grad is reaping the rewards that come with political loyalty.

Liz Fujii

Member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project’s Agency Review Working Group

Fujii is another youthful Obamaniac. The Hawaii native graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004 and began her political career working the Missouri state public-defender system, and the Human Rights Campaign. She moved on to the Center for American Progress and Fair Wisconsin, where she fought a statewide ban on civil unions and gay marriage. But we love her for her cheeks.


Pete Blair Henry

International Lending Agencies Review team lead

Henry has ironclad credentials (Rhodes Scholar, PhD from MIT, professor at Stanford Business School, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations), but it’s not his brains that drew us to Henry. It’s his obvious ability to be Barack Obama’s stunt double.

The Harris School

Lisa Ellman

Deputy director working group Obama-Biden transition project

Ellman is the Obama campaign's former policy director in New Hampshire and the co-author of a book about federal judges. She also has luscious, flowing blonde locks as seen in the image above. That's about all we know.

L. Barry Hetherington

Xavier de Souza Briggs

Department of Housing & Urban Development team lead

With a name like that how can you not be awesome? Briggs is a professor at MIT and expert in the “geography of opportunity.” He also has an earring, making him that much cooler.