During his presidential campaign, then-candidate Joe Biden vowed his cabinet would be “the most diverse in history.”
It seems as President he is living up to that promise. There are more women and people of color in President Biden’s proposed cabinet than in the last four administrations.
“Building a diverse team will lead to better outcomes and more effective solutions to address the urgent crises facing our nation,” he said in a speech in December when announcing some of his cabinet nominees.
His cabinet has record-breaking nominations and fulfills Mr. Biden’s campaign promise to select a team that “looks like America” The diversity isn’t exclusive to the cabinet nominees. It extends throughout positions in the Biden-Harris Administration.
This month we’ll introduce you to some of the Black women that hold these positions.
Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Oval Office Operations
Ashley Williams served as Trip Director to the president-elect on the Biden-Harris Transition and also served as Trip Director to the president-elect on the Biden-Harris Campaign.
Williams is the first Black woman to hold this role for a successful presidential candidate. Prior to the campaign, Williams served as Special Advisor and Director of Special Projects to the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State.
Having served the Biden family in various capacities for a decade, Williams also served as Senior Assistant to Dr. Jill Biden in the Obama-Biden administration.
A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Williams is a graduate of Georgetown University, George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.