Emily Murphy might still be holding up the traditional peaceful transition of power, but that’s not stopping the Biden-Harris transition team from getting as prepared as possible before they take up residence in the White House on January 20, 2021. President-Elect Joe Biden has already made some major decisions, from choosing former Obama staffer and Ebola czar Ronald Klain as his Chief of Staff, to announcing his intentions to rejoin the Paris Agreement, and other important actions he’ll attend to on day one of the new Biden Administration.
The team took another step forward on Tuesday by formally announcing the new senior White House Staff that will be working closely with both Joe and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden. The appointees are an excellent indicator of how Biden will fill out his Cabinet, with plenty of experienced individuals who look like the country they’ll be representing.
According to the statement released by the Office of the President-Elect, the new White House Senior Staff will be composed of “diverse, experienced, and talented individuals who demonstrate President-elect Biden’s commitment to building an administration that looks like America, has deep expertise governing and will be ready to help the president-elect deliver results for working families on Day One.”
The new senior staff is as follows, with their full bios available here:
Anthony Bernal – Senior Advisor to Dr. Jill Biden
Mike Donilon – Senior Advisor to the President
Ron Klain – Chief of Staff
Jen O’Malley Dillon – Deputy Chief of Staff
Dana Remus – White House Counsel
Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon – Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden
Steve Ricchetti – Counselor to the President
Cedric Richmond – Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
Julie Rodriguez – Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
Anne Thomasini – Director of Oval Office Operations