The following people will head Mayor elect Marion Barry's transition task forces, which are charged with researching and making recommendations in areas that range from housing to financial management to senior citizens' affairs.

A 13-member transition team, appointed to help Barry establish priorities, develop policy and pick the key persons needed to run the D.C. government during the next four years, will oversee the work of the task forces and will make final recommendations to the mayor.

The task forces will be chaired by:

Housing - Marie Barksdale, of BLK Group Inc., and Herb Franklin, an attorney with Lane & Edson; Health and Welfare - John Jacobs, director of the Washington Urban League, and Dr. Arthur Hoyt, of Georgetown Medical School Personnel Administration and Labor Relations - Wesley Williams Jr., an attorney with Covington & Buring, and Evelyn Harrison, a personnel management consultant.

Financial Management - Edward Singlecary, comptroller, C&P Telephone Company, and Colin Walters, a senior consultant for the Center for Municipal and Metropolitan Research; Office of the Mayor - Jim Gibson, of the Potomac Institute; Municipal Planning and Economic Development - Philip Hammer, of Hammer, Siler George Consultants, and Flaxie Pinkett, of John R. Pinkett Inc.

Public Education - Evelyn Moore, executive director of the National Black Child Development Institute, and Eugene Kinlow, chairman of the Anacostia Community school board; Public Safety and Justice - Bernice Just. director of the D.C. Court System Study of D.C. Bar Association, and Dan Resmick, an attorney; Human Support and Manpower - Malcolm Lovell and Nira Hardon Long, an attorney.

Transportation - Paul Dygert, manager, transportation, Peat, Marwick & Mitchell; Environmental Services - Lucille Adamson, of the School of Human Ecology, Howard University, and Larry Brailsford; Government Responsiveness and Citizen Participation - Ann Turpeau, D.C. Commission for Women; Kathy Stief, an administrative assistant with ANC 2-D, and Theresa Jones, of the United Planning Organization.

Arts and Humanities - Patrick Hayes, managing director of the Washington Performing Arts Society, and John Kinard, director of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum; Senior Citizens - Brin Hawkins, of Howard University's School of Social Work and Thelma Rutherford, of the Gray Panthers. Leaders of the Youth commission have not yet been announced.