The Black Women Of The Biden-Harris Administration: Symone Sanders

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.

Symone Sanders

Senior adviser and Chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris


Symone D. Sanders is a seasoned political strategist who rose to prominence in 2016 as the National Press Secretary for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ then-presidential campaign. At 25, she became the youngest presidential press secretary on record and was named to Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election. Now, Sanders serves as a senior advisor for former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.

When she is not on the campaign trail, Sanders is principal of the 360 Group LLC. She provides strategic communications guidance to organizations, businesses, individuals, campaigns, and candidates and helps clients find sound solutions to tough political and social problems.

A communicator with a passion for juvenile justice, Sanders is the former chair of the Coalition of Juvenile Justice Emerging Leaders Committee and former member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, where she worked to raise the profile of young voices in the fight for juvenile justice reform and bring millennial perspectives to policy conversations.

Sanders is a former CNN political commentator and served in 2018 and 2019 as a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School and the University of Southern California’s Center for the Political Future, respectively.

You can follow her on Twitter here.

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