The Black Women Of The Biden-Harris Administration: Jamie McFarlin

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.

Jaimie McFarlin

Deputy Associate Counsel

Before joining the transition, McFarlin worked in a legal and operations role for a fashion start-up.

Prior to that position, McFarlin was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP and clerked for Judge Paula Xinis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

McFarlin was also an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Originally from New York, she graduated from Harvard Law School, where she was a NAACP Legal Defense Fund Earl Warren Scholar.

She received her Bachelor of Arts as a John B. Ervin Scholar and her MBA as a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow, both from Washington University in St. Louis.

Prior to law school, McFarlin played professional basketball in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

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