The Black Women Of The Biden-Harris Administration: Danielle Conley

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.

Danielle Conley

Deputy Counsel to the President

Danielle Conley served as Deputy on the Department of Justice Agency Review Team for the Biden-Harris Transition.

She is a partner at WilmerHale, where she co-chairs the firm’s Anti-Discrimination practice. Conley previously served as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.

In that role, she provided strategic counsel to the Deputy Attorney General and other senior government officials on a wide range of regulatory, litigation and policy issues and managed some of the Department’s most significant civil rights enforcement actions.

Previously, Conley was a WilmerHale fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and clerked for Rosemary M. Collyer on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Originally from Texas, Conley is a graduate of Tulane University and Howard University School of Law. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two daughters.


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