Women Take Lead in Biden-Harris Unitary Cabinet, As a Divided GOP Continues to Protest Election
Fulfilling one of his campaigns promises to have a diverse staff that fully represent America, the US President-Elect, Joe Biden’s transition is made up of 42% people of colour and 52% women. In a tweet on Tuesday, Mr. Biden and Senator Kamala Harris reminded Americans of their commitment “to building an administration that looks like America.” In the tweet, they put out a group of nine individuals, made up of four men, and five women with distinct backgrounds.
Among these eminent persons, are technocrats and academics who enjoy respect from their peers and across the board. They are people clearly known to the American public and are reputed to have contributed one way or the other to the advance of American society. These positions being filled fall within presidential prerogatives and are not within the ambits of those that must be submitted to Congress for scrutiny and validation.
Among the nine appointees revealed to the public, are women who in their right, deserve to be brought to public scrutiny. The women come from diverse backgrounds and do bring their worlds of experience to the White House. Let us now take a closer look at each of these women.
Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Deputy Chief of Staff
Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Deputy Chief of Staff (C) The New York Times
She is the first woman to lead a successful democratic campaign. After joining the campaign team in March 2020, she dexterously managed the campaign amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. She ran operations remotely because of the pandemic, which proved to be a huge success. Before she joined the Biden Campaign, she was Texas-born Beto O’Rourke’s Campaign Manager for his unsuccessful bid for president in the last democratic presidential primaries. She was also deputy Campaign Manager for Former President Obama in 2012.
Dana Remus, White House Counsel
Dana Remus, White House Counsel (C) the Campaign for Carolina
She is a graduate of Harvard and Yale Law school. She worked as General Counsel for the Obama Foundation and served as Deputy Counsel for ethics during Obama’s tenure in the White House. She is highly educated and teaches law at the University of North Carolina School of law.
Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, Chief of Staff for Dr. Jill Biden
Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, Chief of Staff for Dr. Jill Biden (C) Wikipedia
Born in the Dominican Republic, she previously served as the US Ambassador to Uruguay and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western hemisphere under Obama. She currently serves as the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Trustee and for the Columbian University.
Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Director of White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Director of White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (C) 23ABC News
Granddaughter of the Civil Rights Activist, Cesar Chavez, she was the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Biden-Harris campaign. She previously served as Harris’ National Political Director and travelling chief in her presidential bid. She is also an Obama alum, having served as a Deputy Director in the office of Public Engagement under former President Obama.
Annie Tomasini, Director of Oval Office Operations
She served as Mr. Biden’s Deputy Press Secretary when he was former President Obama’s Vice President. She also worked in one of the largest public relations firms, Rasky Partners, Inc and is from Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Boston University and has a wealth of experience.