From the beginning of his campaign, President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to have a diverse staff, stating in his in Delaware that “from the outset I wanted a campaign that represented America, and I think we did that. Now that’s what I want the administration to look like.”
Following through on his promise, Biden has developed a transition team that consists of 46% people of color and 52% women, according to data obtained by CNN. When looking specifically at his senior staff, people of color make up 41% of those leaders and women make up 53%.
On Tuesday, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tweeted out who will be part of their senior White House staff. Showing a diverse group of nine individuals, including four men and five women, Biden and Harris reminded the public again of their “commitment to building an administration that looks like America.”
From Biden’s deputy chief of staff to his director of oval office operations, meet the five high-ranking women who will be part of the Biden-Harris White House team.
Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Deputy Chief of Staff
As Biden-Harris’ campaign manager, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon was the first woman to lead a successful Democratic presidential campaign.
She joined Biden’s campaign in March 2020, and was immediately forced to run operations remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to Biden’s campaign, the mom of three worked as the campaign manager for Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign and she served as deputy campaign manager for President Obama’s 2012 re-election. A graduate of Tufts University, O’Malley Dillon will now serve as Biden’s deputy chief of staff, making this her first White House position.
Dana Remus, White House Counsel
Dana Remus, who served as general counsel to the Biden-Harris campaign, will now serve as Biden’s White House Counsel.
A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Remus previously worked as general counsel for the Obama Foundation and served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy counsel for ethics during the Obama-Biden administration. Prior to her work in the Obama-Biden administration, Remus was a law professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She also worked as a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and she was an associate at the Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP law firm in New York.
In 2018, former president Barack Obama officiated her wedding to Brett Holmgren, who was a national security aide in the Obama White House, according to The New York Times.
Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden
Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, a partner at the law firm Winston