U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has announced several picks for his cabinet and top-level administration roles.
Biden campaigned on forming a team that is reflective of the diversity in the country. The former Vice President, now readying himself to go from co-pilot to pilot, has so-far made good on his promise.
Here are Biden’s selections so far.
Secretary of the Treasury
Yellen, 74, is a recognized face in finance, having chaired the federal reserve from 2014 to 2018 after having previously served as a top economic adviser to then-President Bill Clinton.
President-Elect Biden certainly made good on his change promise-making Yellen the first woman to head the Treasury Department.
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Tanden previously worked for President Clinton and President Obama, currently is president of the liberal Center for American Progress research group. She helped craft the Affordable Care Act as director of domestic policy for President Obama.
If confirmed, Tanden, 50, a South Asian American, would be the first woman of color to lead OMB.
Secretary of State
During the Obama administration, the former deputy secretary of state is an obvious comfort pick as Blinken and Biden have a very close relationship. Blinken has served in foreign policy positions during Democratic administrations, including a National Security Council member during the Clinton administration.
Secretary of Homeland Security
Mayorkas is a former deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas will be the first Latino and immigrant nominated to head the agency.
This certainly keeps the campaign promise to have a more diverse cabinet.
United Nations Ambassador
Thomas-Greenfield was President Obama’s top diplomat on Africa from 2013 to 2017, leading U.S. policy in sub-Saharan Africa during the West Africa Ebola outbreak. This pick indeed attempts to smooth a strained international relationship, specifically after several attacks from the Trump administration regarding COVID-19 and the World Health Organization management.
Special Envoy for Climate
A former secretary of state in the Obama administration, a former senator from Massachusetts for more than 25 years, and the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, Kerry will now be the first climate role (albeit not a cabinet position) to sit on the National Security Council.
Director of National Intelligence
Haines is a former deputy director of the CIA and a former deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration. She will be the first woman nominated to lead the U.S. intelligence community.
National Security Adviser
Sullivan was Biden’s national security adviser during the Obama administration. According to the Biden transition team, at age 44, Sullivan will be one of the youngest people to serve in that role in decades.
So far President-Elect Biden has selected the following:
People of color: 3
Younger than 50: 1
President-Elect Biden is certainly living up to his campaign promise of diversity.