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Joe Biden Appoints Two San Antonians To Transition Team

U.S. President-elect Biden meets with members of transition coronavirus advisory board in Wilmington, Delaware
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris address reporters about efforts to confront the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic after meeting with members of the "Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board" in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Two San Antonians have been appointed to President-elect Joe Biden's transition team.

Trinity Professor Juan Sepulveda and Noel Poyo from the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders joined more than 500 experts in federal policy. They will be members of what the transition team calls agency review teams, or ARTs.

The largely volunteer base will assist Biden's cabinet on everything from the arts to space exploration.

Poyo will be part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development team. Sepulveda will be part of the Arts and Humanities team.

Normally, teams would go into federal agencies, but that has not yet happened without President Donald Trump's concession.

The ARTs' next steps include meeting with former government officials, experts from think tanks, trade and labor groups and non-governmental organizations.

"Once the GSA Administrator ascertains the results of the election," the transition team explained in a statement, "the ART members will work directly with staff in federal agencies to ensure that the incoming Biden-Harris administration is able to effectively achieve the policy goals of the President and Vice President-elect."

Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive