Harris selects Tina Flournoy as chief of staff: report

Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour Kamala Harris is still not ready for primetime (much less 2024) Lara Trump calls on Americans at border to 'arm up and get guns and be ready' MORE has selected Tina FlournoyHartina (Tina) FlournoyTime will tell: Kamala Harris's presidential prospects Bill Clinton leaves big influence on Team Biden Kamala Harris's inauguration is historic milestone MORE, currently chief of staff to former President Clinton, as her chief of staff, CNN reported Tuesday.

Flournoy, a Georgetown Law graduate, previously served as an adviser to Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Howard Dean in 2005. She worked as chief counsel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel in the Clinton administration and as assistant to the president for public policy at the American Federation of Teachers union.

The appointment is the latest of several high-profile Black women appointed to Harris’s staff. That list includes communications director Ashley Etienne and chief spokeswoman Symone SandersSymone SandersHarris discusses voting rights with advocates in South Carolina White House 'looking into' woman claiming to be reporter at Harris press conference Harris's plane forced to return to Andrews after 'technical issue' MORE.


Journalist Yashar Ali, who first reported Flournoy’s appointment, noted that she is part of a group of Black women who have served in every Democratic presidential campaign since the 1980s. That group also includes former acting DNC Chairwoman Donna BrazileDonna Lease BrazileHarris gets new high-stakes role with voting rights effort Donna Brazile leaves Fox, joins ABC as contributor Republicans must stop planting seeds of doubt MORE, former White House Director of Political Affairs Minyon Moore and former Dean chief of staff Leah Daughtry.

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting MORE, meanwhile, has named an all-female communications team and has nominated the first woman to serve as director of national intelligence.


“It looks like, now, a Cabinet that will reflect the strengths and diversity and the skills of Americans of all backgrounds,” Brazile said this week.

“It also, I think, signals that women and others will have more than folding chairs, they will have actual seats at the table in the Cabinet room,” Brazile added, referencing a quote from the late Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-N.Y.), “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

The Biden transition team told The Hill it has no new personnel announcements when reached for comment.

--Updated at 9:41 a.m.