Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is assembling a team of senior staffers to accompany her in the White House. On Thursday, Harris announced the hiring of three top roles, including chief of staff.
All members listed are women. Bill Clinton’s current chief of staff, Hartina Flourney, has officially been named to be Harris’ new chief of staff. “Tina brings a strong commitment to serving the American people, and her leadership will be critical as we work to overcome the unprecedented challenges facing our nation,” Harris said in a statement.
Rohini Kosoglu was listed as her domestic policy adviser. Kosoglu currently serves as Harris’s senior adviser. She also served as chief of staff in Harris’ Senate office and on her presidential campaign. Ambassador Nancy McEldowney has been listed as Harris’ national security adviser. McEldowney previously served as the US ambassador to Bulgaria during the George W. Bush administration.
Symone Sanders has been listed as senior adviser and chief spokesperson. Ashley Etienne has been listed as the communications director. “Together with the rest of my team, today’s appointees will work to get this virus under control, open our economy responsibly and make sure it lifts up all Americans, and restore and advance our country’s leadership around the world,” Harris said.
The administration is following through with their pledge. The senior roles in Harris’ office reflect the diversity in America. Finding the right team was a rigorous process for Harris. Harris interviewed men and women virtually. Some were personal selections, and her transition team provided others.
“She did not start out saying, ‘I want a Black woman.’ She started out saying, ‘I want the best person qualified for this job. And that person just happens to be Black,” Minyon Moore, a veteran political operative and current transition adviser, said.
Harris is currently looking for a lead for the administration’s education platform. The vice president-elect has been very consistent in fighting for the welfare of children. In fact, Her first major policy proposal was to request a raise in teachers’ salaries. Her background as Attorney General should enable her to make educated decisions regarding criminal justice reform, foreign policy, and national security.