#WCW: The 29 Black, Beautiful & Brilliant Women Who Worked In The Obama Administration

 

They say behind every great man, is an even greater woman, or in this case, behind every great president is an amazing group of people who make up their administration. In President Obama's administration, it was 29 incredible Black women who held significant roles and brought all kinds of Black girl magic to the White House. As originally profiled by Essence Magazine in its October 2015 issue, here's a list of the Black, beautiful, and brilliant women who worked in the administration of the first African American President of the United States. 

1. Valerie Jarrett, President Obama's Senior Advisor and Assistant for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs 

 

2. Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General (became the first to Black woman to serve in this position in 2015) 

 

3. Deesha Dyer, White House Social Secretary and Special Assistant to President Obama 

 

4. Susan Rice, National Security Advisor  

 

5. Adrienne Harris, President Obama's Special Assistant for Economic Policy

 

6. Jordan Metoyer, Assistant to the Deputy Director and Senior Advisor to the Office of Management and Budget Director

 

7. Katherine Branch, Director of Special Projects for the Office of Public Engagement and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

 

8. Angella Reid, Director of the Executive Residence and Chief Usher

 

9. Ashley Allison, Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement

 

10. Kalisha Dessources, Staff Assistant for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

 

11. Kristina Broadie, Deputy Associate Director of the Social Office

 

12. Ashley Etienne, Cabinet Communications Director and Special Assistant to the President 

 

13. Crystal Brown, Counselor and Senior Policy Advisor to the General Counsel

 

14. Dominique Mann, Press Assistant  

 

15. Ashley Tate-Gilmore, Director of White House Travel Office

 

16. Kristin Jones, Special Assistant and Director of Special Projects for First Lady Michelle Obama

 

17. Monique Dorsainvil, Director of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs

 

18. Adaeze Enekwechi, Associate Director for Health

 

19. Chynna Clayton, First Lady Obama's Special Assistant and Trip Director

 

20. Stephanie Young, The Office of Pubic Engagement's Director of African-American Outreach 

 

21. Desiree Barnes, Senior Wrangler and Press Assistant

 

22. Kimberlyn Leary, Advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls

 

23. Carri Twigg, Vice President Biden's Director of Public Engagement

 

24. Ashleigh Axios, Digital Creative Director

 

25. Karen Evans, Assistant Director to the Office of Cabinet Affairs

 

26. Tonya Williams, Vice President Biden's Office Director of Legislative Affairs 

 

27. Addie Whisenant, Director of African American Media 

 

28. Crystal Carson, Special Assistant to the White House Communications Director

 

29. Rochelle Boone Briscoe, President Obama's Special Assistant in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel

 

Thank you all for showing little girls who look like you where big dreams and hard work can take you. 

All photos taken by: Kwaku Alston


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