President-elect Joe Biden seems poised to fulfill his campaign promise to deliver a new government that is truly representative of the country’s strength and diversity that elected him by a landslide.
“From the outset, I wanted a campaign that represented America, and I think we did that,” he said in his Nov. 7 speech in Delaware. “Now that’s what I want the administration to look like.”
From his vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, to the rest of his staff, Biden has decided to put women in charge of a transitional government that will have the weighty responsibility of getting the United States back on track.
As reported by CNN, Biden has structured a transition team consisting of 46% people of color and 52% women. And on his senior staff, people of color make up 41% and women 53%.
Now, both Biden and Harris tweeted the names behind those percentages, showing a diverse group of four men and five women, fulfilling their “commitment to building an administration that looks like America.
These women are:
Dana Remus, White House Counsel
Remus is one of the Biden-Harris campaign members moving to the next level in the White House. As CNBC recalls, Remus previously worked as general counsel for the Obama Foundation and as an assistant to the president and deputy ethics advisor during the Obama-Biden administration. A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, Remus has experience as a law professor and as a clerk to Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Annie Tomasini, Director of Oval Office Operations
Tomasini will also move from being the president-elect’s chief of staff-at-large to the oval office director. She has a long history of working closely with Biden, having been his press secretary during his time in the Senate.
Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Deputy Chief of Staff
O’Malley Dillon is the master behind the wheel of what is now one of the most successful Democratic presidential campaigns in the country’s history.
After joining the Biden-Harris train in March 2020, she managed to conduct campaign operations remotely amid a pandemic and brought to the table her experience with other campaigns such as Beto O’Rourke’s for the presidency and President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden
Julia Reynoso Pantaleon is another high-profile member of the new White House team. Also a graduate of Harvard, Cambridge, and Columbia, Reynoso is a Latina born in the Dominican Republic who previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere at the U.S. Department of State during the Obama-Biden administration.
Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
To close on a high note, Biden has chosen the granddaughter of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez to one of the most important offices in the Biden-Harris administration.
Julie Chavez Rodriguez previously served as national policy director and chief of staff touring for Kamala Harris’ 2019 presidential campaign, and is also an Obama alum, having served as special assistant to the president and senior deputy director in the Office of Public Engagement during the Obama-Biden administration.
“Julie is the emblem of what it means to be a public servant, as her entire career has been about fighting for justice and equality, and it’s really exciting that she’s been elevated to this role,” said Sergio Gonzales, a former Harris senior adviser.
As the director of intergovernmental affairs, Chavez Rodriguez will serve dual roles, Democrats told Newsweek, both as a gatekeeper to the Biden administration for the elected officials in states and cities making proposals to the White House and as a window to local communities, so the administration can receive feedback and best implement its policies.