Biden-Harris transition team includes members with Virginia ties

The Biden-Harris transition team recently announced the names of those who will serve on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) review team. The team will evaluate operations and lead the transition as the Biden-Harris administration prepares to take over its official duties.


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Three of its members have ties to Virginia, including team leader Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. The managing director of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP,  Brooks-LaSure is a former policy official who played a key role in the formation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She participated in both its passage and implementation. She currently provides policy analysis and advice on health care policies to stakeholders in both the private and public sectors. Brooks-LaSure focuses the implications of regulatory and legislative policies in private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare.

Earlier in her career, she assisted House leaders in passing several health care laws, including the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 and the ACA.

In September, Brooks-LaSure was appointed to a four-year term on the Virginia Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Committee.

Luciana Borio, vice president, technical staff for the Arlington-based In-Q-Tel, has served as an adjunct senior fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations and as the director for the Medical and Biodefense Preparedness Policy for the National Security Council. Prior to that, she was the acting chief scientist for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She is considered a biodefense expert who, early in the pandemic, said the U.S. must ramp up testing efforts in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Henry Claypool is the technology policy director at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). He has served as policy director for Community Living Policy Center, which advocates for environmental policy that encourages technology innovation to enhance the quality of life for older adults and those with disabilities. He researches transportation barriers faced by those with disabilities and facilitates collaboration between aging and disability organizations and the auto industry, tech companies and other stakeholders.

Between 2009-13, he was senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary on disability policy and became the executive vice president of the American Association of People with Disabilities.