The Black Women Of The Biden-Harris Administration: Deanne Millison

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.

Deanne Millison

Deputy Policy Director For The Vice President

Deanne Millison was Legislative Director for then-Senator Harris.

Previously, she served as the Deputy Director for the Legislative Council and Government Affairs Team (LCGA) in the Mayor’s Office for the City of Chicago.

Prior to joining the City of Chicago, Millison served as the Legislative Director and Oversight Investigations Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, where the Honorable Maxine Waters, served as Ranking Member.

Before taking the leadership role with the House Democratic Financial Services Committee, she served as Counsel for other Congressional Committees including the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Millison started her legal career at the law firm of Jenner & Block, and later clerked for the Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman.

She received her B.A. in Political Science with Honors and a minor in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.


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