Tina Flournoy will transition from former President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ Chief of Staff.
According to a source close to the forthcoming administration, Flournoy will be one of three women of color added to Harris’s senior officials’ team. Among the group is Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to the Biden campaign, who will now serve as a senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Harris. Also added is Ashley Etienne, a senior adviser on Biden’s campaign team, who will now be the communication director for the VP.
Flournoy is a Georgetown Law alumni and served as an assistant to the president for public policy at the American Federation of Teachers, which is a union that represents 1.7 million members. Flournoy was responsible for spearheading the group’s initiatives in various departments, including its political, mobilization, human rights, and community outreach branches.
In 2005, she served as a senior adviser to the Democratic National Convention’s Chairman Howard Dean and was also named the traveling chief of staff to Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who was the 2000 Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee.
Her biography on her alma mater’s site doesn’t stop there. She also has experience as a finance director under former vice-president Al Gore and served as a deputy campaign manager in the 1992 Clinton and Gore presidential transition office and the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.
The announcement comes quickly after the release of Biden and Harris’ all-female White House senior communications team. Biden vowed to put forth a diverse group to help him during his presidency. He’s certainly acting on his promises.