Biden-Harris Transition Team Is Majority Women With Nearly Half of Staff Being People of Color


November 19, 2020

They choosing their dream teams!

Despite the lack of concessions made by the current commander-in-chief, the Biden-Harris team is still preparing for a seamless transition come January 2021. As a result, President-elect Biden is set to announce his cabinet picks and senior staff in the upcoming weeks with a pledge “to build an administration that will look like America,” CNN Politics reports. He’s already chosen Cedric Richmond, former chairmen of the Congressional Black Caucus as Director of the Office of Public Engagement. As well as former U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon as the Chief of Staff for the First Lady.


Biden made history when he chose Kamala Harris as his running mate, their victory making her the first Black woman VP. His historic run is trickling down to his transition team, which is 43% people of color and 52% women, including a COVID-19 advisory board where 9 of the 13 members are people of color. 

Below is a list of key Black policy leaders heading up the Biden-Harris transition team. 

Geovette Washington, senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer at The University of Pittsburgh, will serve as the Department of Commerce’s team leader, which will also be responsible for reviewing the Export-Import Bank.  


Chiquita Brooks-LaSure of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP, will serve as the team lead of The Department of Health and Human Services, reviewing the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

Linda Thomas-Greenfield of the Albright Stonebridge Group will serve as the team leader of the Department of State. 

Don Graves, of KeyBank, will serve as the team leader of the Department of the Treasury.


Phillip Washington, of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, will serve as the Department of Transportation team leader, which reviews the National Transportation Safety Boards, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, AMTRAK, and the Federal Maritime Commission.

Lieutenant General Vince Stewart of Ankura Consulting will serve as the team leader over the Intelligence Community.

Linda Etim, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will serve as the International Development Group’s team leader. This includes the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Peace Corps, the United States Agency for International Development, and the United States International Development Finance Corporation.


Carolyn Colvin will serve as the Social Security Administration team, formerly nominated by President Barack Obama in 2014 to serve as commissioner.  

Ronald Stroman, former deputy postmaster general of the United States Postal Service, will now serve as the USPS team leader, responsible for reviewing the Postal Regulatory Commission. 

View the full list of Agency Review Teams at buildbackbetter.com.


Congratulations to all the leaders!

Geovette Washington. Photo Courtesy of Office of the Chancellor/Pitt.edu

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