By Brian Mooney, Globe Staff
A pair of highly regarded experts from the administration of Governor Deval Patrick are serving on the transition team of President-elect Barack Obama. Both were recruited to serve, and both are considered potential appointees in an Obama administration.
- Juliette Kayyem, the state's first undersecretary of homeland security, who is serving on the Homeland Security Agency Review team. Before joining the Patrick administration, she was a lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School, national security analyst for NBC News, member of the National Commission on Terrorism, and an adviser to then-attorney general Janet Reno.
- Greg Watson, senior adviser for clean energy technology in the office of energy and environmental affairs and vice president for sustainable development at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Previously, he directed the Cape & Islands Offshore Wind Public Outreach Initiative, and helped top posts in non-profit neighborhood planning, land conservation, and sustainable development groups, as well as high-ranking posts in the food and agriculture and economic development agencies of the Weld and Dukakis administrations.
The names add to the growing list of officials with Massachusetts ties who may play prominent roles in the Obama administration. The Globe this morning chronicled three top Obama advisers with local connections -- National Economic Council Director Lawrence H. Summers, communications director Ellen Moran, and speechwriter Jon Favreau -- as well as a slew of others in contention for White House posts.
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